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Short Final: Rush

The ROLLN 2 arrival into Cleveland‑Hopkins International has some notable fixes, such as ROLLN, STOHN, JANYS, JPLIN, plus a few others. Recently...

Short Final: Please Stay On The Line

We are based at Witham Field, Stuart, Florida. Stuart is a fairly busy airport, located in southeast Florida between Palm Beach and...

Short Final: Switching To Guns

Returning from Montgomery Field, California, to my home field of Boulder City, Nevada, l was north of Palm Springs when l overheard...

Short Final: Jump

I was flying an Angel Flight in Bradley International Airport’s airspace when a jump plane contacted the controller: Jump...

Short Final: Phonetic Alphabet

I was cruising along one day when I heard the following: Center: "1JT turn right heading 120."

Short Final: CTAF Etiquette

My friend Ron has several pet peeves regarding radio etiquette on CTAF. I was inbound to our home base Charlotte‑Monroe Executive Airport...

Short Final: Hang A Left

I often fly a piston twin into Boston's Logan Airport. Normally, whether VFR or IFR this requires talking to Center, three handoffs...

Short Final: VOR Check

Flying north from Florida, Jacksonville Center asked for an assist. JAX: "Meridian 821J, we're not sure the Savannah...

Short Final: Horse And Buggy

One day we were finishing some instrument training at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, an area well known for its fairly large Amish presence. It...

Short Final: Bet On It

While flying cross country from South Carolina to California we planned a stop in Reno, Nevada. I complained to...

VFR Towers Part Deux: Even Controllers Don’t Agree

If you're the poor sot sitting in the smoking wreckage, it doesn't matter a whit whether they separate airplanes or not. It's still the pilot's job not to hit other airplanes.

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The horrific crash of a Bonanza A36 in March due to a runway turnback attempt prompted AOPA Air Safety Institute to shoot...