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Short Final: Alphabet Soup

Pre-pandemic, a group of Windsor Flying Club members based at CYQG made an annual excursion to the Bahama Islands from Canada. Our...

Short Final: Southbound

With the easing of pandemic travel restrictions commercial flights have increased, seemingly often with crews not necessarily familiar with local procedures. Case...

Short Final: One‑Cat Approach

We were flying in our Cessna Cardinal RG from Poughkeepsie, NY, to Norwood, MA. On board were my wife, me, and our...

Short Final: Niner-Niner

Scanner chatter heard near Wisconsin Dells: “Madison Approach, Cirrus one-niner-niner-Echo-Echo checking in at 5,000.”
Cessna on Runway

Short Final: Breakfast Break

Early on a quiet morning, as I was taxiing, a rather over‑eager student pilot called ground control. A young voice, with textbook...

Short Final: Oshkosh Short

Many moons ago I was flying into Denver's Centennial airport when tower asked me if I could make a short approach. As...

Short Final: Other Than That…

I was driving to my hangar at Manchester Airport one really nasty, windy and turbulent day. I had no plans to actually...

Short Final: IFR Checkride

I rarely clog the radio frequency with unimportant chatter, but this was a very special day. It was March 19, 2015, when...

Short Final: Dress Code

I recently heard the following on the air. N1234: “Wilkes‑Barre approach, November 1234 is canceling flight following.”
Cessna on Runway

Short Final: POTUS TFR

In 2004, I was flying to Tampa Exec when George W. had a POTUS TFR centered at nearby Tampa International. The TFR...

Good Gravy, There’s Another Paul?

Actually, there's one less as veteran New York controller Paul Niles retires after 43 years at the console. If you flew in New York airspace, you heard the voice.

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KITPLANES’ Video: SubSonex Jet Flight

The word "accessible" and "jet aircraft" don't belong in the same sentence, but the SubSonex mini-jet probably comes closest to the idea....