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Short Final: Couch Surfing

One of the joys of flying in the New York City metro area is listening to the controllers. In addition to being...

Short Final: Air Power

Heard on ground frequency at Oakland‑Pontiac, Michigan, airport. Oakland Ground: “Ground vehicle 1, we’ve had a report of a...

Short Final: Landing Fees

On a beautiful day last fall we were flying a practice ILS at Winnipeg International Airport. We had been cleared for a...

Short Final: Nav Problems

On a recent trip from Illinois to Arkansas, we overheard the following exchange: Razorback Approach: “Cessna Two Three Tango,...

Short Final: Rough Landing

Two years ago, my fiancee and I were chaperoning my 94‑year‑old grandparents on a Delta Air Lines flight to a vacation destination....

Short Final: Migratory

On a nice fall afternoon, I was returning to my home airport after a Missouri Pilots Association board meeting. Another member was...

Short Final: Looking For Traffic

Approaching Wilkes‑Barre/Scranton Airport, the traffic advisories from Approach were scant until after a bit, Approach said, “Archer 44939, traffic at your 11...

Short Final: For The Birds

I was a new controller and just assigned to my first duty station, Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona. I had a pretty...

Short Final: Be Right Back

Every IFR pilot knows the joys and sorrows of routing. Flying home from Massachusetts one afternoon, I heard the following exchange:

Short Final: Hostile Target

I was ferrying my new-to-me warbird home to Texas and bubbling over with new plane pride. Memphis Center: “Focke-Wulf...

Dragon Flies: Impressive vs. Electrifying

SpaceX's textbook-perfect launch of its Dragon Crew spacecraft and docking with the ISS was a stunning success at a time when we really need one.

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Why the Dragon’s Split Second Launch Timing is a Must

In this AVweb VODcast, former NASA lead flight director and KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye explains why this week's launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft requires split-timing. It's a little like driving a really fast car with only a few quarts of gas in the tank.