On Final

A Change in the Wind

I have been flying long enough to have seen a remarkable evolution in flying. From renting a vacuum-gauge Cherokee 140 for $10 an hour ($5 more if you wanted an instructor) to Cirrus and Cessna products with avionics more capable than some air carriers. Simulators have evolved also. The “Link” multi-engine box I used in Read More

On Final: That’s What Friends Are For

Lee Goggin never met a stranger. At well over 6 feet tall, with piercing eyes and absolutely no hair, Lee greeted each member at my local gym with a smile and often an amusing comment about their conditioning. Lee was a fitness trainer at Sweat Dallas where I struggle to keep fit. But Lee’s struggles Read More

On Final: How Much Is Enough?

  In the past twelve months I have completed four 61.58 simulator events. Two in the M2 and two in the Mustang. You would think that would be enough. At least that’s what I thought as I accidently shut down the only running engine during my recent M2 recurrent at FlightSafety in Wichita. It was Read More

On Final: More or Less

A few weeks ago, Patty and I were driving down the road. She reached over, gave me a big hug, and said “I love you just the way you are. More or less.” As I thought about her comment, I realized I had room for improvement. The same can be said about my flying skills. Many Read More

On Final: Just a Routine Departure

I’ll bet you have departed from your home base hundreds of times. And like me, you can probably recite the procedure from memory. At my airport, Dallas Addison (KADS) however, the routine can be demanding. Addison lies just north of busy Dallas Love (KDAL). Normal departure procedures off Rwy 15 include an immediate 100-degree left Read More