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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...

Short Final: Couch Surfing

One of the joys of flying in the New York City metro area is listening to the controllers. In addition to being...

Short Final: Air Power

Heard on ground frequency at Oakland‑Pontiac, Michigan, airport. Oakland Ground: “Ground vehicle 1, we’ve had a report of a...

More Airline Aid? I’ll Pass, Thanks

United pulls a rabbit out of the hat with a deal to avoid pilot furloughs. What about the rest of the industry and thousands of other workers?

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Aviation Insurance: Expensive And Getting Worse

If you're an aircraft owner, you've noticed that insurance is becoming hard to get and more expensive. In this roundtable discussion, three insurance experts tell us what to expect.