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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...

Short Final: Bounce

Many years ago and right after I had gotten my private ticket, I decided it would be “fun” to pick up one of my...

Short Final: Groan Alert

Several years ago at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, I was one of a group of a half-dozen or so journalists—including the distinguished Peter Lert— passing...

Short Final: Stupendous

A while back we were transitioning Omaha’s airspace, and heard the following: Omaha: “American 123, climb and maintain 10,000, one zero thousand.” American 123: “One zero...

Short Final: Still Here

A VFR Saturday morning this past December was a good time to exercise my Mooney 201. I decided to visit York, Pennsylvania, (KTHV) since...

Short Final: What To Fail

One sunny afternoon in late Fall, several flight school Skyhawks and a Piper Seminole trainer were making the most of the beautiful VFR day...

Short Final: New York State Of Mind

Over the years, I made several Bonanza trips from home base in New Jersey to EAA AirVenture. Without an IFR-certified GPS, I would flight...

Short Final: Clear Motivation

In the early 1980s, I was working in the administration of East Coast Aero Tech (now part of National Aviation Academy), at Hanscom Field...

Short Final: Whose Business?

On the subject of favorite fixes, when I got my instrument rating of course I spent lots of time planning trips. One such theoretical...

Short Final: Traffic Report

Years ago, I had gotten pretty used to skirting VFR in my Grumman AA1-B around the western edges of New York’s Class B airspace...
The circumstances of Tom Dafoe's death warrant a good look by the FAA.

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