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Short Final: Someday

A few years back, we were three miles out from landing at our local towered airport, when we had the following exchange...

Short Final: The Forest

Departing Buckeye for Flagstaff, the Phoenix Departure controller was obviously a stickler for standard communications. Phoenix: Two Seven Victor,...

Short Final: Potholes

Years ago when it was one of those typical Midwest spring days where the turbulence was ferocious down low, but the headwinds...

Short Final: Three Stooges

A bit of nostalgia: Do you know how many stooges of the Three Stooges fame there were? You can...

Short Final: Toward UNVIL

Recently, we were on a flight from Boston to Teterboro, in our Phenom 300, nearing our approach to Teterboro. The frequency was...

Short Final: Discreet Descent

While flying from San Jose International airport to Portland International airport we heard the following: Oakland Center: “Delta 123,...

Short Final: The Briefest Readback

Some years back at Bradley International Airport, there was a local air taxi company that did a lot of their new pilot...

Short Final: Readback Correct

As a flight instructor we’re always impressing upon our students to read back ATC instructions so there are no misunderstandings.

Short Final: Working Angry

I just recently ran across the WORXS 2 arrival into Greenville Spartanburg International airport. It includes the fixes: BESTT CNTLR EVRRR WORXS...

Short Final: Outer Limits

Returning to San Carlos airport late one day, I clicked the mic five times on tower frequency to see if it would...

Civility Shouldn’t Require Enforcement

The FAA and the airlines are developing a short fuse in handling unruly passengers. It should never have come to this.

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Insurance Roundtable

After years of soft premiums, the insurance market is turning harder. That means higher rates and insurability issues for aging pilots. Plus, your choice of aircraft can have serious ramifications for the cost and type of insurance coverage you can get—if you can even get the coverage you need. In this long-form video, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano discusses the issues with three insurance professionals.