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Short Final: Age Before Duty

My friend and I were flying his SR22 into Denver’s Centennial Airport. I was handling the radio. We were VFR at 13,500 feet when...

Short Final: Identity Crisis

I owned my little two-seat Grumman AA1-B for 22 years and loved it. But after getting my instrument rating, I realized it just wasn’t...

Short Final: Coastal Navigation

Stop me if you’re heard this one. Many years ago, a foreign student with a heavy accent contacts air traffic control over the east coast...

Short Final: Controller/Pilot Telepathy

On a recent trip from the West Coast to the Midwest, I’d just checked in with Center after a couple of sectors in NorCal....

Short Final: Open Wide

Years ago, I was a student pilot on a night flight with my instructor. We flew from Palo Alto across San Francisco Bay and...

Short Final: Optical Delusion

All my flying for the first several years of owning my Grumman AA1-B was VFR, even at night. And my electronic navigation was limited...

Short Final: Do Over

I was making a late‐night approach to Des Moines International Airport. Me: “Des Moines approach, Baron 12KA, 15 east at 3000.” Tower: “12KA turn left heading...

Short Final: Listen Carefully

A few years ago during my private‐pilot solo long cross‐country I was heading to a southern Wisconsin airport with a tower known to be...

Short Final: Cub Comedy

While doing some pattern work recently at our small rural airport in Pella, Iowa (KPEA), I was practicing wheel landings and three‐point landings with...

Short Final: Tuning In Seattle Departures

I flew out of Boeing Field in Seattle and was assigned the CBAIN departure with fixes GNEXX, KURRT and CBAIN. If you depart in...
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