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Short Final: Bugs in a Jar »

Spring brings with it the beginnings of rough air season, especially in mountainous terrain. This recent PIREP near Jeffco Airport (BJC) in Colorado puts it in vivid terms. BJC UA/OV BJC180010/TM 1823/FL075/TP C182/TB MOD/RM PILOT STATES/GETTING SHOOK LIKE A BUG IN A JAR More

Short Final: “I’m giving her all she’s got, Captain!” »

While traveling into Valdez, Alaska for the annual fly-in and STOL competition, a couple of planes were trying to hurry in before the airspace closed for aerobatic practice. A couple minutes after tower gave “best forward speed” instructions to a Lake amphibian (not known for great forward speed), the following exchange was heard: More

Short Final: Today is Not Going to be That Day »

I’ve owned five different airplanes over the past 25 years and recently purchased a Piper Meridian. I was on an Angel Flight with a buddy who had flown with me many times but was taking his first flight in the Meridian. After takeoff, he asked me if I thought I’d ever get another plane. More

Short Final: Going One Direction or the Other »

While flying one day in Northern California, I heard the following: Center: “Cessna 1234 are you planning to pass east or west of Mt. Diablo?” Cessna: “We’re currently heading south.” More

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Santa Barbara Municipal Airport has intersecting runways. Runway 7/25 handles all of the airlines and most private jets while the parallel 15/33 pair is for private piston aircraft—long as the normal westerly winds cooperate. More

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A couple of relevant PIREPs from the East Coast noreaster on March 2 … AVL UUA /OV AVL170002/TM 1720/FL001/TP CRJ9/WV +15-20KTS/RM LIKE A BULL RIDE … IAD UUA /OV KIAD/TM 1238/FL040/TP CRJ2/TB MOD-SEV/RM VERY BUMPY ON DESCENT. PRETTY MUCH EVERY ONE ON THE PLANE THREW UP. PILOTS WERE ON THE VERGE OF THROWING UP. AWC-WEB More

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ATC: Cessna XXXX, traffic is going to be an HH-60 departing to the North at 1,700 … Me: Roger, we are looking for the traffic now … Pause: … Me: Tower, we have the traffic in sight and we are turning to avoid … ATC: If I were in charge, I would paint all aircraft blaze orange … My instructor: Sounds good to me!! … Jarrett Moss More

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ATC: Squawk 0007 maintain 4500 direct to XXXX … Me: Maintain 4500 direct XXXX, squawk licensed to kill … ATC: only if your name is Bond, James Bond … Me: Since my name is Dave I guess I will just squawk 0007 … Dave Gagliardi More

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Heard on Denver departure … XXXX: "Just off Centennial” … Center: "Squawk 6666” … Center: "Umm, do you want another? We could give you a different one.” … Silence … XXXX: No, it's okay, we'll keep that one.” … John C. Lamb More

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Flying back from St. Augustine Fl (SGJ) to Stennis International (KHSA) just before Christmas, my destination was very low IFR. The whole region and surrounding airports were either very low IFR or Zero Zero. Planes were going missed at Gulfport (KGPT) and surrounding airports and tensions were high with the controllers. I was cleared for the ILS 18 into Stennis … Tower: “…and I can’t see you” … Comanche XXX “I can’t see you either!” … We both laughed and it changed his stressed tone, and I did make the landing … Charlie Horton More