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Short Final: Maintain 200 Knots

One beautiful day in Atlanta Center, Smiley, a well‑known character at the TRACON, was the final approach controller and was assigning everyone 180 KIAS...

Short Final: Soaring

My first piloting experience was as an Air Force Academy cadet, soaring at the Academy’s airfield (6576 feet MSL). This great summer program offered...

Short Final: Rather Be Flying

Recently overheard on Washington Center frequency on an afternoon with plenty of thunderstorms in the vicinity: Center: “All you guys going into Raleigh, there will...

Short Final: Four‑Legged Varmint

I have flown Lears for many years for a company whose callsign is Coyote. One day when we had been vectored towards the airport...

Short Final: Information Whiskey

I do flights in my Cessna Cardinal for PALS, Patient Airlift Services, such as flying people with cancer to their medical appointments in another...

Short Final: Information Yankee

I’m from Massachusetts (the North) and in the mid-1960s, flying cross‑country from Daytona Beach to an airport near Tampa Florida (the South), I passed...

Short Final: 1812

Heard somewhere over Kansas: Center: “American 745, contact Kansas City on 118.12.” American 745: “Was that eighteen twelve for American 745?” Center: “American 745, yes, eighteen...

Short Final: Slower Than A Helicopter?

Last summer, I was flying around the western edge of the New York Class B talking to NY Approach. He called out business jet...

Short Final: Final Frontier

During one very long day when I was a full time instructor, I ended up with five students in a row all early in...

Short Final: Be Advised

One flight recently, I had an interesting exchange with Jacksonville Approach, south of Jacksonville at 9000 feet. Approach: “N1234, be advised traffic 11 o’clock 10...
Berge breaks the secret aviator Omertà by talking—or trying to—about TRSAs. He risks a shallow grave behind the hangar.

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The Long, Twisted And Slightly Ridiculous Story Of Avgas (Part 1)

For decades, the general aviation industry has struggled with finding a replacement for leaded avgas without success. The biggest driver of this failure is...