December 1, 2011
By Thomas A. Horne & Dave Hirschman
Editor at Large Tom Horne and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman have a lot of things in common: lots of ratings, lots of experience in lots of airplane models—and lots of opinions (as well as similar haircuts). We last turned them loose on the topic of NDB approaches (see “Dogfight: NDB Approaches,” November 2011 AOPA Pilot) and the response to two different schools of thought on this topic garnered interesting opinions from a large number of readers (follow “Dogfight” on AOPA Online). However, this month the two veteran aviation writers put down their dueling pens and—in the spirit of the season—agreed to focus on what they both appreciate about general aviation.—Ed.
This month, in the spirit of the holidays, we’re putting aside our petty grievances and stating our shared positions on some of the aviation issues about which we enthusiastically agree.
Air traffic controllers on the West Coast seem both happier and more accommodating than those on the East Coast.
International GA flying makes pilots appreciate the freedoms we too often take for granted in the United States.
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Pilot Training and Certification
The silence on the approach control frequency is broken as the controller speaks your N number and advises, “Traffic, two o’clock, westbound, type and altitude unknown.”
Friends of wing walker Jane Wicker want to restore her 450-horsepower Stearman biplane, destroyed in a June 2013 accident that killed Wicker and her pilot.
Able Flight, the nonprofit organization that works to provide free flight training to individuals with physical disabilities, announced the awards of a record-setting nine scholarships in 2014.
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