Archives: Columns

Ask Pete!

by Pete Schoeninger Q: Why didn’t you mention in the last issue of Midwest Flyer Magazine, your usual annual recommendation of having my mechanic remove my wheel pants for winter operations, like you usually do? A: Yes, Leon, I caught … Continue reading

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An Unmanned American Dream

by Matthew Brenden The “American Dream” is the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work for all. It means something different to everyone, but the principles remain the same regardless of who you are. Solomon (Sol) Kassaye found his … Continue reading

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The Changing Winds

As winter’s grip weakens, spring in all its beauty and anticipation starts to bring about many changes. We may hear the excited chirping of a variety of birds returning from their winter habitat. We will see a brilliant blue sky … Continue reading

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Safety Complacency

by Dan McDowell In the 1970s, we were happy if our automobile engines went 60,000 miles before needing overhaul or replacement. Today, the average auto engine can easily last (with reasonable care), 150-200,000 miles, or more. Jet engines were no … Continue reading

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It is important that you know…

by Cassandra Isackson Director, Minnesota DOT Office of Aeronautics You, as an aviator, aviation administrator or manager, or aviation supporter, need to know how your aviation tax dollars are put to work for you in Minnesota. I think you also … Continue reading

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Meet Jean Rickman…

Operations Program Associate WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics Jean Rickman joined the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in July of 1980. Prior to her current position, she worked in the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Division of State Patrol. Jean joined … Continue reading

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Winter Pre-Flight Tips

by Justin Hetland WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics The beginning of the winter season came in fast and cold this year, bringing back memories of the not so fondly remembered 2013-2014 winter when we were all introduced to the term “Polar … Continue reading

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Eliminating Third Class Medical Might Increase Safety

by Dr. John Beasley, M.D. A couple of issues ago, I made a plug for letting the driver’s license substitute for a 3rd Class Medical (and the FAA hasn’t revoked my AME certificate yet for saying so). As I thought … Continue reading

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Flying A Full Approach Without Radar Vectors Is A Lesson To Be Learned

by Mick Kaufman It seems to be human nature that we all like to play “Monday Morning Quarterback” after an accident or incident. In a recent accident involving a friend’s airplane, I see a possible situation that has occurred too … Continue reading

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New Year, New Initiatives, New Events, New Goals

News & Information You’ll Want To Know In Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska & Iowa by Yasmina Platt Manager, AOPA Central Southwest Region 2014 is a wrap and planning for 2015 regional initiatives and activities is well underway. I hope you, too, … Continue reading

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