Archives: Flying & Flight Experiences

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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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 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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Morning Mission

by Dean Zakos © Dean Zakos 2022 All Rights Reserved Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine June/July 2022 Digital Issue I am sitting uncomfortably in my F4U-1 Corsair, “Dee-Light,” canopy back, waiting for the signal to start engines. I am a … Continue reading

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Check that box and fly it to the ground!

by Chris Kruse Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine August/September 2021 online issue Sometimes life comes at you in small drips. At other times, like a fire hose stream. And still at other times, it can resemble a water tower collapse. … Continue reading

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Accelerated Aviation Instruction Moves To Owatonna

Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2020 issue After years of steady growth, Accelerated Aviation Instruction (AAI) has moved their operation from Albert Lea Municipal Airport (KAEL) in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Owatonna Degner Regional Airport (KOWA) in Owatonna, Minnesota. … Continue reading

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Accelerated Flight Training – Is it for you?

by Jim Hanson Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2019 issue I like to fish, and I fly to Canada often. There are so many great lodges in Canada, but my favorite is “Webber’s Lodges” at North Knife Lake, Manitoba. … Continue reading

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