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FA Swan Song

Receiving my instrument ticket from a university pilot-mill, flight and weather planning was grueling and intense. For flights over an hour, a Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) is used. For secondary airports within five miles of a field with a TAF, the TAF from the primary airport can be used No TAF? Use the Area Forecast (FA).

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Weather Observations

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WENAS Returns

 Subscribers OnlyDepart Tri-Cities for Yakima from Runway 21R. You filed PSC V298 YKM and got a clearance with, “Cleared to the...

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Sorting Out ADS-B

 Subscribers OnlyYou already have a transponder that transmits a dumb and blind signal in response to interrogation from other...

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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Utility of GA

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