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Flying the Line

by Dean Zakos © Dean Zakos. 2023 All Rights Reserved. Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine February/March 2023 Digital Issue I was startled awake. The buzzing alarm clock did its job exceedingly well. It was a raw, windy day in March … Continue reading

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Smokeout 2021

by Patrick J. McDonald, ATP, CFI-I Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine February/March 2023 Digital Issue The time is late summer of 2021, and for months, my only living brother and I had anticipated another carefree sightseeing flight to the great … Continue reading

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Flanking the Derecho

by Patrick J. McDonald, ATP CFII © Copyright 2022. All rights reserved! Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine December 2022/January 2023 Digital Issue The word, derecho, is fairly new to our pilot weather vocabulary. The word, Spanish in origin, literally means … Continue reading

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Demon Ice

by Dean Zakos © Dean Zakos 2021. All Rights Reserved! Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine December 2022/January 2023 Digital Issue I always wanted to fly. I liked the satisfaction of rising up and meeting challenges. I thrived on being presented … Continue reading

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Giving back, Observations from AirVenture

by Richard Morey Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine October/November 2022 Digital Issue Aviation is amazing! As pilots, we know this. We have a level of freedom that few are privileged to share. As a flight instructor, I get to share … Continue reading

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A Path in the Air

by Dean Zakos, S.J.A. © Dean Zakos 2020 All Rights Reserved Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine October/November 2022 Digital Issue 1945 was a good year. It was autumn, but the leaves were still weeks away from curling brown and crisp. … Continue reading

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THE SKY AND I

by Ann Holtgren Pellegreno Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine October/November 2022 Digital Issue LEARNING TO FLY 1960 TO 1961 YOUNG FIELD ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN First Part of Chapter One First Flying Lesson, August 29, 1960 “Be sure your seatbelt is … Continue reading

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AOPA Foundation Hosts Donor Events At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

by Dave Weiman Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine October/November 2022 Digital Issue In appreciation of those AOPA members who support the AOPA Foundation, AOPA hosted an evening reception and breakfast during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022. Most impressive at the breakfast … Continue reading

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How A Father & Son Flew 100 Hours Together During The COVID Shutdown

by Phil & Mark Peterson Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine August/September 2022 Digital Issue We wanted to fly during the pandemic, but not stay overnight at any one location, so we enrolled in the “Fly Wisconsin Airport Passport Program.” You … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Triangle

by Dean Zakos © Dean Zakos 2022. All Rights Reserved Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine August/September 2022 Digital Issue In my years of flying, I never thought much about ghosts or the supernatural. Something in August 1980 assuredly changed my … Continue reading

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