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Short Final: Hood Up

In the early 1970s, I was a captain in the Kansas Army National Guard flying a CH‑54 Sky Crane helicopter IFR north...

Short Final: Top Gun

A Tale of Two Airports: There seems to be a rivalry between San Diego International Airport (KSAN) and Detroit...

Short Final: Need For Speed

I sometimes fly SIC on a Citation X based in the Dallas area, and on this occasion, it was my first “real”...

Short Final: Sunrise

While flying over Long Island recently on an Angel Flight Mission around 2:30 p.m. I heard the following: Cessna...

Short Final: Pick One

Heard on frequency near Sacramento, California: “Piper 1234, are you planning to do an approach into Sacramento Executive?”

Short Final: Winter Weather

I was flying from Texas to Minnesota on a less‑than‑smooth day in December. The Kansas City Center controller had a full plate...

Short Final: Banking

If you are interested in becoming a banker (BANKR) or perhaps a finance controller (CONTR) (not be confused with an ATC controller),...

Short Final: Weather Ahead

A while ago I had the following exchange with Kansas City Center as I first checked in. Me: “Kansas...

Short Final: Smooth Spot

Before Chicago’s O’Hare airport joined the rest of ICAO in the early 90s by identifying all their taxiways with alphanumeric designations, they...

Short Final: Northbound

On the first day of 2020, I was flying from Phoenix Sky Harbor to San Francisco International Airport. There were bad rides...

Wind Check, Please

It's easier and less annoying to just note which way the spinner is pointing. Then use your feet to point it where it should go.

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AvWeb’s Virtual Tradeshow: Frasca International

No AirVenture this year, but AVweb is conducting a series of interviews with people and companies we would have talked to had...