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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...

Short Final: Proud Father

Heard over Lake Michigan this summer: TBM 123: “Chicago Center TBM 123 with an unusual request when you have a minute.” Chicago Center: “TBM 123 go...

Short Final: One Digit Or Two

Years ago before GPS, when we only had two VORs, we were westbound against an extraordinarily strong headwind in a Cherokee, talking to St....

Short Final: Keep You Guessing

I have a Cirrus SR20—early vintage but it's a great airplane. I base it at KSUA, Witham Field Airport, Stuart, Florida. KOBE, Okeechobee, is...

Short Final: Thoughts Of Spring

On the ILS 17 into KMHT (Manchester, New Hampshire, where the state flower is the purple lilac), the fixes include PURBL, LYLAC, BLSSM, and...

Short Final: Crossing The Sierras

I was crossing the Sierras on my way to Las Vegas at 15,000 feet in my DA40 NG, which has a maximum operating altitude...

Short Final: Continuous Operations

One morning at KAPA (used to be Arapahoe County Airport, now Centennial Airport in south metro Denver, Colorado) I decided to get current in...
Rotor wash accidents are relatively rare, probably because most of us are too scared to mess with them. That's a good thing.

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Best Of The Web: Surviving A Rotor Wash Crash

On Jan.3, 2022, a Cessna 120 flown by a 1000-hour pilot and CFI encountered rotor wash from a Huey helicopter that passed just in...