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While the COVID-19 pandemic raged around us, I was standing in our approach control’s radar room and my supervisor had just taken a call from our overlying center. Eyebrow raised, I asked, “Bad news?” “Center took a COVID hit,” my sup said, “So they’re closing down overnight for cleaning.” Controllers normally work in close quarters, […]
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Keeping the Lights On

While the COVID-19 pandemic raged around us, I was standing in our approach control’s radar room and my supervisor had just taken a call from our overlying center. Eyebrow raised, I asked, “Bad news?” “Center took a COVID hit,” my sup said, “So they’re closing down overnight for cleaning.” Controllers normally work in close quarters, […]
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Tech Talk: Stall-Warning Systems

Aerodynamic wing stall accidents have been a concern since the canard was removed around 1910. Approximately 40 percent of General Aviation fatal accidents are due to loss of control with the majority of those being from stalls. One element of stall awareness training that’s not often taught is the details of sensors used to detect […]
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On the Air: October 2020

I just recently ran across the WORXS 2 arrival into Greenville Spartanburg International airport. It includes the fixes: BESTT CNTLR EVRRR WORXS ANGRI TDAAY. I assume there’s a back story to that arrival, but I have no idea what it is, or what the controller might be angry about… Philip Rash Durham, NC While flying […]
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Readback: October 2020

Mins Deep Dive Deep Thought I read your “Deep Dive into Mins” article in the July issue in which you cite AIM 5-4-7.c. I believe you meant 5-4- 7.a. since I can see no reference in paragraph c for the category minimums you were discussing. Also, I cannot see any reference in this section of […]
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Briefing: October 2020

SUPERSONIC DESIGN FLOATED Virgin Galactic has jumped into the supersonic aircraft business with a Mach 3 intercontinental jet that will seat up to 19 people and cruise at 60,000 feet. The company’s subsidiary, The Spaceship Company, has also signed a deal with Rolls-Royce to develop “engine propulsion technology for high speed commercial aircraft.” The company […]
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Master Pilot

Perhaps you know of the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot award recognizing 50 years of safe flying. I looked into it but the documentation requirement put me off. But, my wife fulfilled the documentation requirement as a gift to me for a recent milestone birthday. We were visiting my 97-year-old mother with extended family and […]
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What’s Your Profile?

Let’s discuss profiles—for flight, not social media—that provide whatto- do-at-each-point guidelines that govern how you fly your airplane. During an IFR lesson, I often get questions like: “What speed should I be flying before intercepting the localizer?” Or, “When is a good time to put the gear down?” These and many other questions can be […]
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On The Air: September 2020

Not long ago during my instrument training, my very accomplished instructor and I were doing a VOR 14 Approach at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport (KMFD). After completing the missed approach the tower controller came on the radio to say, “That was a very good job on the approach.” Somewhat surprised my instructor said, “Gee they have […]
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Autumn Weather

About the time this issue arrives, the U.S. will be heading toward the tail end of summer 2020. In just a matter of weeks the U.S. will begin its slow spiral into winter. While training material and aviation weather books are full of information about winter flying, along with its hazards like icing, CAT, and […]
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Got GPS?

Our IFR avionics are getting evermore capable, allowing us single-pilot fliers to shoot RNAV approaches once reserved for the big iron. While most standard satellite-based approaches have become basic fare, there are now some new notes we’re finding on the charts that require figuring out what the onboard GPS really is allowed to do. This […]
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Train In New England

Like many of us, my insurance requires periodic formal recurrent training. Although choices are limited, I’ve tried to explore new (to me) facilities and to review that facility in these pages. This year I attended Cessna 340A Recurrent Training at National Flight Simulator in Manchester, NH. It was a positive experience and I’m glad I […]
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September 2020 Quiz

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