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#166 Nosepicker Control

I once had an airline captain who, when asked to get right on someone’s butt on final, said, “Gee, I always wanted to do this, but can’t get away with it on the job!” […]

#165 Radio Rant No. 1

“If that was you, I’m sorry. But next time, say what you’re going to say and don’t cover my reply with a second transmit.” […]

#164 “Them what can, do”

I recently received a message from a friend across the Atlantic. Earlier he had sought my help in defending himself from prosecutors who were after him for water-skiing his airplane. I did a bit of research and found that this guy was far more qualified than I was. In his message, he let me know […]

#161 SLIPS

” For those of you who have a copy of “Brian’s Flying Book”, it used to be called “The Portuguese Roll” but I changed it because everyone was confusing it with the “Dutch Roll”.” […]

#160 Why Landings?

“As I’ve pointed out in “Brian’s Flying Book”, a flyer is already more efficient by simply using the Tailwheel Town pattern.” […]

#156 Instrument Gazing



One of the most famous movie lines is the one uttered by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz”. As Dorothy, she turns to her dog and exclaims, “I guess we’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!” You may have a similar epiphany if you fly at Tailwheel Town.

Judy Garland as […]

#154 Some of my best friends are (fill in the blank)

“With tolerance in mind, I realize that many of my flying friends are Acme proponents. I think they are wrong and that their flying skills are substandard as a result, but I’m not going to try to convince them.” […]

#153 Oh I’m sorry, Sir!

“Tom, realizing that time was wasting, told the cop that he didn’t have time for all this badge foolishness. He took off. ” […]

#150 The Mystery of Sisters

“Badly trained or inadequately practiced aviators really SHOULDN’T land here when conditions are tricky! But all rated pilots SHOULD be able to safely takeoff and land here, even if the conditions challenge their abilities.” […]

#147 If Your Engine Quits When You Need It Most

“Although contact with the earth (and maybe also with a cow) was in my very near future, I did have a few seconds to check some things.” […]