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Short Final: Hyperdrive

One night the Potomac Approach frequency was not very congested. I overheard a pilot talking with the controller about his impending arrival at an...

Short Final: First Flights

I enjoy flying kids as part of the EAA "Young Eagles" program. Last year, I had a particularly hilarious day: Two sisters were in the...

Short Final: Skydiving All Day

I was flying along, monitoring CTAFs and heard the following: “Penn Ridge, Penn Ridge, use caution. Use caution. Multiple parachutes in the air near Penn...

Short Final: A Beech By Any Other Name

When my girls were young, we planned a trip to visit an old high school friend of my wife's who lived near the beach...

Short Final: U.S. Army Ale Force

As the World War II story goes … at an advance American fighter base during the North African offensive, mechanics fixed up a left-behind...

Short Final: Whisky Golf

Several years ago, I offered to take my young adult son and two of his friends in my Cirrus and drop them off at...

Short Final: Flight Following

Several years ago, not long after earning my private pilot certificate, I departed the Burlington/Alamance Regional Airport, North Carolina, where I was based. My...

Short Final: Break Out

One day I landed at Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field), Washington, after doing some practice approaches in nice actual benign IMC. After I had...

Short Final: Best In The Area

One day while doing an Angel Flight between Santa Monica Airport and Prescott Regional Airport, I heard the following on center frequency: Aircraft checking in:...

Short Final: Request

When traffic was diminished initially in the pandemic, it sure seemed different flying into New York airspace, with far fewer airplanes and fewer grumpy...
As fall turns to winter, the honest and inspiring story of Jesse Brown is a welcome antidote to glitzier films.

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In His Own Words: Thomas Hudner

In this Living History video recorded before his death in 2017, Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas Hudner Jr. talks about his experiences during the...