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On The Air: July 2015

Many years ago I was riding in the jumpseat on a Southwest Boeing 737 from Las Vegas to Burbank. The crew was looking for a shortcut to get relief from our elaborate routing. The best routing was to the HEC (Hector) VORTAC. The crew called:

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One In or One Out

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Finally: Revised REGs

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On The Air: August 2018

At my home field in Farmindale, NY, (KFRG), one Sunday I was entering the pattern after a long trip. A student...

Master and Commander

An approach to safety of “don’t have an accident” and “always effectively weight risks”...

Autopilot Basics

As you enter a bank, the attitude indicator shows it immediately, but it takes a moment for a turn to show on the...

Personal Minimums

Perhaps it’s my airline background, or perhaps I’m just arrogant. But I would never think of planning an...