Tag Archives: atc

Evening Flight Over Florida


A business trip took me to south Florida in the Bonanza this week; a quick down and back to Ft. Lauderdale. (KFXE) On the return flight home, I had planned to be back in the air in order to land before dark … Continue reading

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Instrument Proficiency Check


Maintaining IFR currency for instrument rated pilots is  a challenge if you are based in Florida. The Sunshine State almost always lives up to its moniker, and the only opportunity to get some real IMC time is in and around thunderstorms, (not … Continue reading

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Almost a Bad Day at Teterboro


Some pilots blindly follow ATC clearances. Good pilots always question ATC clearances, especially those that make no sense. It pays to have some situational awareness. And question Authority, always! This pilot should have spoken up sooner if he had questions about … Continue reading

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Summer Weather Flying in Florida


In one of my earlier posts, I wrote about dealing with convective weather during the summer months, or alternatively, pickling your plane. If you are going to own a aircraft and use it for its maximum utility, or even have a fair chance of … Continue reading

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ForeFlight Mobile and Runway Incursions


Runway incursions while taxiing are apparently still a big problem with all pilots, from student to ATPs. The FAA has attempted to reduce runway incursions with new phraseology over the past year, introducing terms such as “line up and wait”, the ICAO … Continue reading

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Big Airports, Little Airplanes


I love flying out of grass strips, with their camaraderie and Friday night barbeques. I also enjoy the demands of flying into and out of large commercial airports, surrounded by Class Bravo airspace. I like the challenge of fitting into … Continue reading

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Ramp Checked!


Last week I flew to Naples, FL (KAPF) from my home base. Because it’s the beginning of snowbird season, the airspace and ramp were quite busy with a mix of corporate jets and 172’s. Not a big deal, but everyone needs … Continue reading

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Flying to Fort Lauderdale Executive


It has been a few years since my last flight into Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, KFXE. I usually file to Boca Raton or Palm Beach, as it is more convenient to my Dad’s house. My first trip to FXE was … Continue reading

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Flying Private to Key West


Over the years, I have traveled to the Florida Keys many times, starting when I was a teenager. Back then I, my Dad and brother would drive down to Miami to meet my uncle and three cousins. From there, we … Continue reading

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Confusion in the Pattern


Lately there have been some “lively” discussions regarding the lack of general aviation airmanship, on pilot blogs and local hangar flying sessions, but also from the FAA. The recent Nall Report on aviation safety does not paint a pretty picture with respect … Continue reading

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