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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: February 2019

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Weather Observations

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WENAS Returns

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CFTT Precedes CFIT

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Sorting Out ADS-B

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Readback: February 2019

I thought your Remarks, “Pilot Shortage?” in October were very well said, sir. I just retired after 40...

Briefing: February 2019

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On The Air: January 2019

About a year ago I was training a student pilot. The college student was very intense and strived to be perfect at...

Stupid Pilot Tricks: 2019

Yep, it’s time to make fun of those who in 2015 ignored sound judgment and lived to garner pilot lounge...

Readback: January 2019

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