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Goodbye, Don

Don was at the island that Saturday, his bit of paradise on the Canadian side of Lake of the Woods, when the pain began. Fortunately my brother-in-law Dave was there with his wife, Barb. They rushed Don by boat and car to Kenora, Ontario, where he was airlifted to Winnipeg.

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Going Somewhere? Get a Preview

Things are a bit messed up right now, so if you do get the chance to go somewhere, you'd better know what you're doing, because getting it wrong might result in a military escort followed by an unplanned landing at an unfamiliar airport.

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God's Gatling Gun (Part I)

If you ever fly through a fusillade of hail, whether you get to experience an abrupt cacophony of tiny bouncing frozen particles of graupel, or the total panic and pandemonium of genuine hailstones pummeling your airplane, it will get your attention.

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Gliding Instrument Approach

Recently we looked at engine-failure case studies of aircraft that are close to identical in design and performance -- except for the number of engines.  We discovered that significant, regular pilot training is needed to enjoy the safety advantage of a second engine.  Translation: For many pilots (those with 'twin' ratings, included) the single-engine airplane may actually be the safer machine.  And yet, regardless the number of engines, there's still that pesky engine failure scenario, especially hazardous in the clouds.  If you fly a single-engine airplane, you need to prepare for the catastrophic power loss in instrument conditions.

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