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Forget Something?

We all know that filing a flight plan is good insurance, priceless in fact: it (still) doesn't cost us anything. But there are a few things about flight plans that aren't so well known. Let's look at some of them...

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Force Times Distance: Articulating Control Surfaces

Until that defining moment which comes to some of us at some point during our training (somewhere between the day we start flying and when we inevitably must stop), we fail to grasp the importance of the rods and cables that carry our control inputs from inside the cockpit out to our wings. In my case, appreciation and awareness came rather suddenly.

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Following Directions: Ramp Traffic

Marshalling aircraft is one of the most thankless tasks that linemen must perform. Often overlooked during pilot training, and in practice, it's also prone to mishaps. As those who work the line will tell you, it is one of the least understood areas of operation among pilots ... that's us, folks.

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Flying With Kids

Children can be the most cooperative, curious, and cheerful of airborne companions -- I said they can be. On the other hand, if aerial introductions are done unwisely, they can also become most difficult, distracting, and very unhappy.

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