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#193 Why Landings?

“Lately, I’ve changed the way in which we do multiples. Now, we conduct the first landing as a Wheelie on the left side of the center line. Then we power up, get back in the air and slide over to the right side with an alternating side slip. The heading never changes.” […]

#192 “What’s Important to You”

“But here’s what impresses me about Hoop. He was broke and stuck with no prospects. So he hauled ass across the street to a little seafood restaurant and nightclub and got himself a job as a dishwasher.” […]

#191 Fear (Gulp!)

“As the balloon gained altitude I always became acutely aware of the height. In fact, I had this fear of the basket’s floor giving way. ” […]

#190 Energy Management

“In most cases, I choose to gain speed over altitude in the early stages of a takeoff. ” […]

No. 189, which is actually “No 2. Swoop, Sink and Plant (The Wheel Landing)”

“If you run into someone who says “I only do three points”, or “Wheel landings are just too fast”, run as fast as you can and disregard everything that person has ever told you. Why? Because in my opinion they have their head firmly lodged in their nether regions. ” […]

# 188 The Window

” in my opinion, approach speed has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the landing (hear that sound? That’s the sound of bags of Cheetos being dropped as the trolls leap to their keyboards)” […]

#187 John Denver

“She was ready to meet her heartthrob and probably even had her hand out for a shake when she was told by the show controller that it was our turn.” […]

#186 Practice

“No matter what pilot operation you feel like improving, the chances are that you can practice it gradually.” […]

#185 I think we may be going the wrong way!

“Have we become such pansies that we are trying to eliminate EVERY possible hazard? ” […]

#184 Liberty

“We still have too many pilots who’ve drunk the Kool-Aid of government control.” […]