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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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On The Air: March 2019

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Flying High

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Readback: March 2019

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On The Air: February 2019

In August my wife won three free tickets to an NFL pre-season game. We live a few hours away from the stadium, so we...

Weather Observations

 Subscribers OnlyThe ASOS system was developed in the late 1980s to relieve the expense of maintaining human observers at hundreds of...

WENAS Returns

 Subscribers OnlyDepart Tri-Cities for Yakima from Runway 21R. You filed PSC V298 YKM and got a clearance with, “Cleared to the...

CFTT Precedes CFIT

IFR separation from other aircraft is well-understood in our community. Within the controller community there is...

Sorting Out ADS-B

 Subscribers OnlyYou already have a transponder that transmits a dumb and blind signal in response to interrogation from other...

Readback: February 2019

I thought your Remarks, “Pilot Shortage?” in October were very well said, sir. I just retired after 40...