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Short Final: Skydiving All Day

I was flying along, monitoring CTAFs and heard the following: “Penn Ridge, Penn Ridge, use caution. Use caution. Multiple parachutes in the air near Penn...

Short Final: A Beech By Any Other Name

When my girls were young, we planned a trip to visit an old high school friend of my wife's who lived near the beach...

Short Final: U.S. Army Ale Force

As the World War II story goes … at an advance American fighter base during the North African offensive, mechanics fixed up a left-behind...

Short Final: Whisky Golf

Several years ago, I offered to take my young adult son and two of his friends in my Cirrus and drop them off at...

Short Final: Flight Following

Several years ago, not long after earning my private pilot certificate, I departed the Burlington/Alamance Regional Airport, North Carolina, where I was based. My...

Short Final: Break Out

One day I landed at Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field), Washington, after doing some practice approaches in nice actual benign IMC. After I had...

Short Final: Best In The Area

One day while doing an Angel Flight between Santa Monica Airport and Prescott Regional Airport, I heard the following on center frequency: Aircraft checking in:...

Short Final: Request

When traffic was diminished initially in the pandemic, it sure seemed different flying into New York airspace, with far fewer airplanes and fewer grumpy...

Short Final: Invasion

As a CFI, I recently had the opportunity to attend a Mooney Pilot Proficiency Program at KSMX, Santa Maria airport, up the coast from...

Short Final: O Romeo, Tango Romeo

My friend had just completed his Pulsar XP kit, flew off the required hours, got it signed off, and asked me if we could...
The FAA recently relaxed some cardiac data requirements and some say it's because COVID vaccinations have caused such widespread heart damage.

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Best Of The Web: Ode To An Otter

I've got a little stick time in a Twin Otter, throwing skydivers out the back door. I've got a lot more time sitting in...