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#232 The Go-Around

“He was carrying power, even though he was too high. But we’re used to seeing that. After all, that’s how Acme trains. As he approached short final, we called to THAT unhearing pilot, “Go around, go around!” […]

#231 Flying Shoes

“A treatise about this subject wouldn’t be complete without an argument from the other side. The reason given for shoeless flight is usually the same. The shoeless fliers claim that their feet are then more sensitive to rudder pedals and brake. Although they may be right, I don’t think they are right enough to cancel the lack of safety. So I usually say to them, “Get over it”. […]

Get Some Glider Time!

 

Larry Lansburgh

 

A few hours of stick time in a glider can give you a deeper knowledge of the environment in which you fly—knowledge that many airplane pilots lack. My glider experience came in handy one summer day when I took off in a rented Citabria from the Medford, […]

#229 The Dirt Runway

“You would be amazed at how many rated pilots have NEVER landed on dirt or grass.” […]

#228 Midair

“Coast Guard Air Station, San Fran, this is Helo one three eight six. Mayday, mayday, mayday. We’ve had a bird strike. The pilot is unconscious.” […]

#227 Hold it off

” I’m not always correct, but I do find that I’m often pushing when my students are pulling. ” […]

#226 “Prop-Slingin’ a Specialty

“…perhaps it was the snap roll that did it. Whatever it was, the sudden force on the crank shaft caused it to break and the propeller to depart from the rest of the airplane.” […]

The Pilot’s Bookshelf: #225, “The Doughnut Boy”

A few years ago, Mike Dennis shared his philosophy of writing with me. It seems he felt the main reason for telling a story was to bring forth one from the listener or reader. At first, that seemed foreign to me, but with time I realized that it is a noble and worthwhile pursuit. Mike […]

#224 Bad Training Baggage

“She swooped for the runway in an extremely short approach and landed in a turn, making the first turnoff.” […]

#223 Sometimes Ya Just Can’t Win

 

 

I once heard someone say that general aviation is the most regulated form of transportation that there is. I don’t know if that’s true, but it’s gotta be close. Those who have read my rants know that I believe that most regulations were created in order to regulate common sense. In other words, […]