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On The Air: July 2015

Many years ago I was riding in the jumpseat on a Southwest Boeing 737 from Las Vegas to Burbank. The crew was looking for a shortcut to get relief from our elaborate routing. The best routing was to the HEC (Hector) VORTAC. The crew called:

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On The Air: August 2018

At my home field in Farmindale, NY, (KFRG), one Sunday I was entering the pattern after a long trip. A student...

Master and Commander

An approach to safety of “don’t have an accident” and “always effectively weight risks”...

Autopilot Basics

As you enter a bank, the attitude indicator shows it immediately, but it takes a moment for a turn to show on the...

Personal Minimums

Perhaps it’s my airline background, or perhaps I’m just arrogant. But I would never think of planning an...

On The Air: July 2018

 Subscribers OnlyI took off from Islesboro (an island off the coast of Maine) in a C-150. I was going south down the coast that took...

BasicMed Follow Up

The BasicMed exam follows a similar structure to an FAA physical with one big difference. In an FAA medical, the...

Briefing: July 2018

Flight schools are finding it hard to retain instructors because airlines are hiring them away, according to a report...

I Always File IFR

Have you recently looked closely at the airspace system we have to navigate today? Spurious TFRs pop up randomly, and...

Siriusly Messed Up

Getting weather info in flight has gotten cheaper due to FIS-B (ADS-B In). However, years before the FAA’s...

On The Air: June 2018

I was flying from Jacksonville, North Carolina to College Park, Maryland on an IFR flight plan to go to a Redskins...