Top 3 Biggest Pain Points

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  1. CJ Rader

    CJ Rader Pre-takeoff checklist

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    My instructor lived in Arizona for awhile. Every time I complain about the crosswinds in Arkansas, he proceeds to tell me I haven't seen anything..
     
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    I'm originally from Arkansas. Egypt to be exact, Jonesboro for the less exact. In fact, I'll be there on the 18th.

    Although I don't know what your instructor was referring to, a crosswind is a crosswind. Maybe he was referring to the updrafts and mountain wave turbulence in the summer.
     
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    I've got some friends from Jonesboro. I'm up in the NW corner. Fayetteville to be exact. I fly out of Springdale.
     
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    My uncle used to run one of those egg farms in Springdale. Small world.
     
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    Well maybe you can find a B52 out there then. It has crosswind landing gear.

    https://theaviationist.com/2016/05/05/b-52-wca-landing/
     
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    We had 3-4 controllers from J'boro when I was at Columbus Tim. Futrell was one of them, trying to remember the others.

    Ahh John Anderson maybe, these guys would be in their mid 50s I'd guess.
     
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    1. Pattern work at a towered airport.
    2. Landings
    3. CFIs (1 was too tall for the plane; 2 didn't know how to fly it; 1 was a time builder and didn't care; 2 complained constantly; 1 good one was 200 miles away and none knew the requirements for a Sport Pilot)
     
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    Neither rings a bell.
     
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    Think Black Oak Arkansas boys from around your area, hey maybe Black Oak! :D
     
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    Indeed. Most common phrase uttered by a CFI flying out of Springdale: "Fly towards those chicken houses in the distance.":D
     
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    Flew into NW Arkansas Regional all the time when I flew for the airline. We used to use Fayetteville's airport before NW Ark was built. Over the years flying in there amazing to see the growth from the air.
     
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    Agree with the crosswind comments about getting more comfortable.
    On my second lesson we had gusts in the upper 20's. I skidded sideways more than once. My CFI never took over though, and really never seemed concerned. I was inventing new 4 letter words.
    About a month ago, went up for a little solo practice and had some crosswinds.
    Came in and squeaked that one wheel and rode it for several feet, then let it on down.
    Coolest feeling in a long time.

    Banged the shiit out of the next landing.
     
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    Oh man, the growth is exploding here and so is the traffic. I wish they'd quit listing us in these Top 5 lists for places to live. I remember hopping a flight out of Drake Field (Fayetteville) in a Saab 340 Turboprop operated by American Eagle before XNA opened up. Seems like ages ago.
     
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    Y'all get some killer ice storms there though. Been stuck there once or twice due to ice.
     
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    The ice storm of 2008 was one for the record books. Sat in my house, without power, and watched 100 year old oak trees snap like match sticks under the weight of ice.
     
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    That might have been the one when I was stuck there. Trees around the airport on into town were coated with ice, pretty though.
     
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    In order
    1. Weather
    2. Radio
    3. Holding altitude - cruising or banking, didn’t matter. I was always at least 70 feet off.