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Short Final: Runway Obstructions

In Alaska, runway obstructions can be different. And large. Yes, there are the usual bears and moose. But sometimes it’s really big:...

Short Final: Slow For Spacing

One day on my way to Nashville, I overheard the following: American 1234: “Good morning Atlanta Center. American 1234 checking...

Short Final: Wind Shear

On final to Boeing Field 14R on a blustery Pacific Northwest fall day a Gulfstream reported wind shear upon landing.

Short Final: To The Moon

Check out the PIREP in the image above. Ken Fullett Naperville, IL

Short Final: ATC Diplomacy

Air Traffic Controllers can be very diplomatic in nudging us toward use of proper phraseology. I overheard this recently transiting NorCal airspace:

Short Final: Shortcuts

I recently heard this exchange between ATC and a Southwest flight. SWA: “Any shortcuts today would be appreciated.”

Short Final: Stop Where You Are

This past June we were returning from Canada to Colorado in mid‑afternoon IFR in our PA 32. The typical afternoon thunderstorms were...

Short Final: Port Tank

I am both a pilot and a sailor. Not so long ago at an FBO, when signing in, they asked for instructions....

Short Final: Souls On Board

Thankfully, I have never had to respond to those foreboding words from ATC: “… say souls on board.” However, I do remember...

Short Final: The Day The Earth Stood Still

We need to be looking at Pennsylvania's Quakertown Airport (KUKT), not Area 51 (KXTA), for extraterrestrials. For end‑of‑the‑world and save‑the‑world science‑fiction buffs,...

SpaceX Sticks the Landing

It was the first splashdown in almost half a century. Well worth the wait, but overdue.

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Garmin’s New aera 760 Portable GPS

Garmin's aera 760 is the latest in a long line of portable navigators and picks up where the previous aera 660 left...