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A basic and complex maneuver

A few weeks back in this blog, I commented about “Going with the Flow” and that unless there was a compelling reason to do things differently, a head-on confrontation with established traffic in a non-towered pattern perhaps wasn’t the best idea. The accident occurred in Erie, Colorado, when a Piper Malibu crashed going opposite to other traffic […] Read More

October 15, 2014

Rapping with the Wolfman

The AOPA Homecoming was well-attended and, although a bit of a cold front kept some Northeast pilots on the ground, a good time was had by all. I had the privilege of presenting a communication seminar with a Potomac TRACON controller, Brandon Miller, to help me review some basic comm practices for both VFR and IFR […] Read More

October 8, 2014

Single Point Failure

After the Chicago Center sabotage this week where a contract technician decided to complicate the upper Midwest ATC system, it got me to thinking about single point failure (SPF) modes—not for ATC but for pilots. But first, how could the Chicago SNAFU happen? In my long-ago prior life in the USAF there were places where no person […] Read More

October 2, 2014

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