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Short Final: Souls On Board

Thankfully, I have never had to respond to those foreboding words from ATC: “… say souls on board.” However, I do remember...

Short Final: The Day The Earth Stood Still

We need to be looking at Pennsylvania's Quakertown Airport (KUKT), not Area 51 (KXTA), for extraterrestrials. For end‑of‑the‑world and save‑the‑world science‑fiction buffs,...

Short Final: Medical Transport

I was heading to Palm Springs from San Diego on an IFR flight plan. I heard another pilot call in for an IFR...

Short Final: Just Married

My son and daughter‑in‑law had just married. I set in motion a plan to surprise them during their flight back home.

Short Final: Three’s A Crowd

We were returning from a trip to Milwaukee Timmerman after visiting the EAA AirVenture and were on VFR flight following from Chicago...

Short Final: Michelin Man

In upstate South Carolina, Michelin has a number of plants that manufacture tires and one recently completed a 40‑year anniversary. Maybe the...

Short Final: Flight Following

While flying as co-pilot (actually, the radio operator) on a VFR Angel Flight blood delivery mission to San Bernardino Airport (KSBD) near...

Short Final: Going Together

The ride over was smooth and generally clear on a recent flight, but there were intermittent clouds and bumps at 7000:

Short Final: Tower Maintenance

In 2006, Addison, Texas, the new tower structure was up, but without windows and a few walls. I was taxiing out to...

Short Final: The Lancaster Unicorn

Almost home to Lancaster, NY, after a long (for me) flight from Charlottesville, VA, I wanted to find out if anyone was on...

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Best of the Web: TBM Top Gun Spoof Video

Daher's TBM is known to be blazing fast, the perfect airplane for this fun Top Gun spoof by Daniel Streit, including fabulous Swiss mountain scenery, a motorcycle clip and the unforgettable Ghostrider tower flyby. Featured here with permission of the author.

It’s Raining Kerosene? Or Why 1950s Kids Had So Much More Fun.

If that jet had dumped Jet A on my childhood street, it would have been play time. And our parents would have blamed us for it.