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  1. GreatLakesFlying

    Daily Pic

    American Airlines airplane taking on a load of Atlas beer, circa 1933, location unknown, but probably somewhere in the Chicago area for two reasons: (1) Atlas Brewing was based in Chicago and (2) I found the photo in the "Forgotten Chicago" group on Facebook.
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    Own checklists

    This is a good point. I never thought about the possibility of forgetting the checklists behind, and someone else using them. I will do add the disclaimer (or perhaps, rewrite my lists in Greek). Thanks! The more I think about this, the more I realize how important it is, regardless of age...
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    Own checklists

    During my primary training, I started typing my own checklists, mostly as an exercise to commit tasks to memory, and establish a process flow that was more ergonomic and cleaner than the flight school's. One thing led to another, the inner geek kicked in, and I have automated the entire design...
  4. GreatLakesFlying

    The wisdom of flying: random lesson #37

    I am 100% with you about UV protection; I am only offering the "advice" above in jest. My mistake is that I put the sunscreen on minutes before the flight. I should have known better. As a diver, I avoid applying sunscreen an hour prior to a dive. Landing with one eye I can do. Dive with both...
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    The wisdom of flying: random lesson #37

    As the use of sunscreen increases during the summer months, avoid applying sunscreen on the forehead. Verily, verily, I say unto you it is better to deal with a mild sunburn than a droplet of sweat carrying sunscreen into your eye; it's a heck of an irritant. On somehow related news, I can now...
  6. GreatLakesFlying

    Chicago lakeshore - single engine

    I fly the shoreline quite often, flying at 1700. There are few places within gliding distance -- excluding the water itself. As others have mentioned, now that the weather is improving, those places become populated. That's good news and bad news. The bad news is you can't land where there are a...
  7. GreatLakesFlying

    Winds 22004KT favoring runway 11

    I could have done a better job writing my OP yesterday, but my frustration was not about the other pilot's radio calls, nor about his landing in a tailwind. It was about landing in the opposite direction than everyone else. The Chart Supplement says that 29 is the preferred runway for 06C...
  8. GreatLakesFlying

    Winds 22004KT favoring runway 11

    I did. He wasn't the talking type.
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    Winds 22004KT favoring runway 11

    As a CFII, are you telling me that if an airport has a preferred runway listed in the Chart Supplement, if the conditions for the preferred runway prevail, and if traffic uses the preferred runway, there is nothing wrong with intentionally landing on the opposite runway? When we talk about...
  10. GreatLakesFlying

    Winds 22004KT favoring runway 11

    I was out practicing between 06C and KDPA today under calm or very weak winds from the SSW. The airport asks pilots to use runway 29 in calm winds or direct crosswinds, for noise abatement. As I announced my entry into left downwind 29, a "blue RV" came on CTAF announcing a fly over the field...
  11. GreatLakesFlying

    Any tips on steep turns?

    In the 172, two rounds of trim did the trick for me (by "round" I mean a turn from the top of the trim will to the bottom). Right steep turns were easier for me because I had figured out that a rivet line on the left side of the top cowling sliced the horizon at exactly 45 degrees of bank. For...
  12. GreatLakesFlying

    Learning from poor performance - taxiing at STL

    The first thing I notice in the video is your taxing: is your airplane equipped with some autotaxi system that keeps it nailed on that yellow line? :-) Then, seriously, I was left to wonder where I'd be looking if I was advised to yield for a jet crossing "left to right", if there was a jet...
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    How proper is it for a CFI to interview students?

    When knowledge flows one way and money the other, it may be difficult to establish an equitable relationship and prospective students may be put off by your approach. Personally, I would have given it a try, but I am saying this only after the fact of having worked with a CFI who was not a good...
  14. GreatLakesFlying

    Solo student lands with missing left main

    He did a great job. The audio recording left me with this question, however: how usual, or unusual, is it for a tower not to have a readily available list of emergency contact numbers for schools located at the airport? Tower and airport staff spent a good deal of time on the recording, trying...
  15. GreatLakesFlying

    Orbiting downtown Chicago

    Last Sunday, I took a dear old friend flying with me. It was a beautiful day. A bit bumpy but beautiful. We departed 06C, transitioned KPWK, and followed the shoreline to the south. My "standard" skyline route is to turn west over Monroe harbor and take I-290 back to 06C. This time, I did...
  16. GreatLakesFlying

    Collected wisdom of a 100-hour pilot

    So this atheist pilot dies of old age. To his horror, he finds himself before the Pearly Gates. He's terrified that he's there to be judged before sent to the flames below. But to his amazement, St Peter comes out rolling a red carpet for him. An angel hands him a glass of a rare single-malt...
  17. GreatLakesFlying

    KJVL 5/4 ?

    Bummer. Is there a "local" notification system, to organize last-minute fly-ins? Maybe a text messaging group? Do we need one? I ended up flying over to KSBN -- my eastmost flight ever -- and made a coffee stop at KMGC on the way back. Michigan City is a lovely little airport, and I will return...
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    KJVL 5/4 ?

    Anyone flying to KJVL tomorrow around noon? I'll be there around 1230 for lunch, flying N866US.
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    Foreflight Primer

    One little trick on ForeFlight is a nice visualization for pattern entry. I don't use it often but it's handy to have when flying to a new airport for the first time. In the FPL box, if you click on Procedures on the right side, you may select different pattern entries (teardrop, overfly, etc)...
  20. GreatLakesFlying

    Flight Training Woes

    Looking over my notes from my checkride last year here's how the oral played out: Rules of the game: the DPE explained the process emphasizing it will be conversational/scenario-based. Logbook and endorsement review. Proficiency v. currency. 90-day example: can I fly a friend if I have not...