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$100 Hamburger Runs: Enjoyable Excursions for the Aviation Crowd

For all the aeronautical rookies out there, one of the mandatory pilot benefits you must explore is the joy of partaking in $100 hamburger runs. If the concept is new to you, it’s a rite of passage that general aviation (GA) pilots (and their lucky passengers) across the country engage in with considerable enthusiasm.

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Aviation Radio Communication: An Echo from the Cockpit

Following up on our previous two posts on the 5 Ws, as well as our initial look at the phonetic alphabet, we’ll use this post to put everything into practice. Besides being able to formulate your transmissions, you’ll also learn the basics of responding to air traffic control (ATC) calls. As you’ll soon discover, answering […]

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Stick and Rudder Skills: Pitch Plus Power Equals Performance

Do you have a bad attitude? I’m not asking about the FAA’s five hazardous attitudes; I’m interested in your airplane’s attitude. Attitude Flying Early airplanes had few instruments, so how did those early pilots fly? They looked out the window and flew by judging their attitude with respect to the horizon and adjusting their throttle […]

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Aviation Radio Communication: Another Round of Whiskey

Don’t get your hopes up – I’m not buying shots of Jack for everybody. Instead, the whiskey I refer to is of the phonetic variety; specifically, the five Ws. For review, let’s look at the list once again. Who you’re talking to.                         Who you […]

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Creating Time, Being Cool, and Turning Problems into Opportunities with a General Aviation Airplane

There are times when being a general aviation (GA) pilot is about the coolest thing possible. Many a time I’ve become the talk of the town or instantly been perceived as cool by a new acquaintance simply because of the FAA credentials in my pocket. Occasionally, my pilot certificate has landed me invitations to gatherings and events […]

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Aviation Radio Communication: Dubya, Times Five

If you read the previous post on aviation radio communications, you now have a general understanding of how pilots turn letters and numbers into aeronautical language. With this post, we’ll explore the basics of putting such phraseology into routine radio transmissions. The pattern we use is fairly straightforward, which is a blessing on so many […]

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Aviation Radio Communication: A Very Good Place to Start

Whether you’ve yet to begin flight training or you’re a seasoned aviator, you might have heard (or can remember) that learning aviation radio procedures is one of the most challenging aspects of learning to fly. Ask a few pilots who’ve been through the motions and you’re likely to hear adjectives like intimidating, uncomfortable, and possibly […]

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Dealing with Density Altitude: Standards for Flight in a Non-Standard Atmosphere

Those of you who are new to aviation might have heard the term density altitude thrown around by your flight instructor. While I have every confidence in your understanding of altitude, density altitude deserves a bit more attention for us to accurately plan for our airplanes’ performance capabilities. In this post, we’ll spend a little […]

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Memories of Meigs Field: My Visit to a General Aviation Treasure

Throughout my time as a pilot, 2001 stands out as a truly memorable year. During the spring, I earned my CFI certificate and quickly became busy giving flight instruction. In the fall, I began my final year of college with the promise of an airline internship in the works for the following spring. In short, […]

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