Short Final

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,...

Short Final: Left Or Right

I was returning to Denver from some mountain and canyon flying in Idaho one busy Friday afternoon in July, headed towards my fuel stop...

Short Final: Re-Entry

On one flight, with only a crew of three (no passengers) onboard the Global Express and light on fuel, I requested a climb to...
Cessna on Runway

Short Final: Progressive Instructions

In the summer of 1970, at the ripe old age of 16, with a total of 27 hours (13 solo), I convinced my instructor...

Short Final: Expedite

About 25 years ago, I was working 'ramp' for a local airshow. Three Warbirds called the Tower upon their arrival. Number one was P-47...

Short Final: For Your Viewing Pleasure

I overheard this exchange with the local TRACON, NorCal Approach, while flying along California’s central valley: NorCal Approach: Cessna XXXX maintain at or above three...

Short Final: Texas Weather

There are many stories about the horrible freeze we had in Texas this year, but I think this one of the funniest. I planned...

Short Final: Umpire

We were flying into Watsonville, a non‑towered airport on California's Monterey Bay coast recently, on an unexpectedly clear summer evening. When we tuned into...

Short Final: Alien Intercept

During the peak of last summer’s pandemic there was not a lot of air traffic or radio traffic with commercial travel being at a...
Yeah, probably it was. But that's the shape of the future. If the thrill is worth it—and for most of us, it is—go for it.

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Van’s RV-15 First Look

As expected, Van's latest design, the high-wing RV-15, made a well-received debut at AirVenture two weeks ago. KITPLANES magazine caught up with Van's Greg...