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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: December 2018

 Subscribers OnlyA few days ago, departing Minot North Dakota for Duluth in a Skylane, I asked ATC if the NOTAM for military training...

Preflight Briefings

 Subscribers OnlyBe aware of the distinction between MSL and AGL. Cloud heights associated with airports are customarily given in AGL....

ATC Radios and Sectors

 Subscribers OnlyAnother day, same drill, but the controller is talking to another airplane on another frequency, so you might hear...

FAA Reauthorization

The law provides $3.35 billion for airport planning and development and noise compatibility planning and programs....

High-End Autopilots

As an airplane owner, I quietly find myself looking at each new device both as an editor and as a potential buyer. Of...

Readback: December 2018

I’m known to get my “murds wixed” up when talking to ATC, but try not to mix up inbound course...

Briefing: December 2018

Last year, the FAA offered a $500 rebate to aircraft operators who installed new equipment to meet the 2020 ADS-B...

Maintenance: Legal vs. Safe

My motivation to write this right now is that my Cessna 340 is at the shop getting its annual. This year I chose what...

On The Air: November 2018

One Friday I shot the GPS 7 approach into Gwinnett County, Georgia (KLZU). As I was briefing the approach, I wondered...

Winter Forecasts

 Subscribers OnlyLet’s start with the basics. In the cool season the North Pole is pointed away from the sun. As the polar...