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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...

Short Final: Static

Heard while transitioning NorCal Approach airspace near Sacramento: Cessna 12345: (Broken, garbled transmission) NorCal: “I believe that was Cessna 12345; you’re coming in unreadable. Do you...

Short Final: Engineering To Bridge

I was flying from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Fargo, North Dakota, one evening recently. As we approached the Dakotas, it got rather quiet...

Short Final: Unable

On a bumpy day near New York City, we heard the following exchange: Diamond 8DS: “New York Approach, Diamond Eight Delta Sierra. I’m getting continuous...

Short Final: Rain

Flying to Long Island’s Republic Airport (KFRG) one dark night, heavy rain appeared out of what appeared to be a clear sky. To break up...

Short Final: Nav Problems

On a recent trip from Illinois to Arkansas, we overheard the following exchange: Razorback Approach: “Cessna Two Three Tango, Razorback Approach. Have you changed your...

Short Final: What We Call You

As I neared retirement, I flew every week from the Olive Branch, MS airport (KOLV) to my farm airstrip and soon-to-be new home in...

Short Final: Zero Seconds

My Class D airport seems to have little airspace it actually controls, having to talk to the overlying center for everything. The most common,...

Short Final: Landing Hot

B18 - Alton Bay, New Hampshire: the only ice runway in the lower 48 with an FAA identifier when the ice is thick enough. The...

Short Final: Horizontal Or Vertical

My home airport is KAPA, which used to be Arapahoe County Airport but is now Centennial Airport in the south metropolitan area of Denver,...
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...