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Physical Preparations For a Polar Circumnavigation

I was speaking to the Santa Barbara pilot group, “Serious about Aviation,” and asked the question, “What is the most likely part on the plane to fail during a Polar Circumnavigation?” A retired 747 female pilot blurted out with all the confidence in the world, “The pilot.” The answer caught me off guard and everyone ...
Aircraft ownership and maintenance

What Are The Odds?

I just returned from a 5,300-nm cross-country flight in my Cessna 310. I love trips like this. It’s one thing to FLY an airplane for fun or sport, and quite another to USE an airplane as a serious traveling machine. I’ve always been a USER, and typically fly at least one transcontinental trip per year, ...
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