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Gotcha! – Teterboro, NJ (KTEB)

VOR DME-A TEB

VOR DME-A TEB

When on the VOR DME-A, Circle 19 into Teterboro (KTEB) watch out for the minimums. While the circling minimums on the approach plate indicate 1000′, you might be surprised to find out that you will be instructed to remain at 1500′ by the tower.  This is usually to provide separation from helicopter traffic,  and can get you in trouble if you are not prepared for it.

 

The above is intended to be advisory in nature and does not supersede any information contained in the FAR’s or AIM.  Every situation is different and may not apply to every flight.

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Gotcha! – Santa Monica, CA (KSMO)

Kimmo 2 KSMO

Kimmo 2 KSMO

While on the Kimmo 2 arrival into Santa Monica (KSMO), be prepared to be dumped in between DARTS and BEVEY on the VOR or GPS-A.  SoCal approach will keep you high (I think 6000′) and vector an intercept between the two fixes and clear you for the approach.  Best to  configure early or at least prepared for it.

 

 

VOR or GPS-A KSMO

VOR or GPS-A KSMO

The above is intended to be advisory in nature and does not supersede any information contained in the FAR’s or AIM.  Every situation is different and may not apply to every flight.

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Gotcha! – Los Angeles, CA (KLAX)

Los Angeles (KLAX) has a surprising gotcha when flying from an arrival and transitioning to an approach.  You should be very aware and know that they will issue an approach clearance while still on the arrival.  A terminating point on the arrival can also be the IAF on the approach.  Trouble is, the assigned runway may not be issued to you until that point and you really need to scramble to punch into the FMS the correct approach.  This can be a very high workload situation to those who are not expecting it and a few may even question its legality, but it is a perfectly acceptable clearance, though.

The above is intended to be advisory in nature and does not supersede any information contained in the FAR’s or AIM.  Every situation is different and may not apply to every flight.

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Gotcha! – Hold for release

Did you know that if you receive a “hold for release” IFR clearance at an uncontrolled airfield then decide to depart VFR to pick up your clearance in the air it is a violation? A “hold for release” clearance is just what it says it is, a clearance, and as such you are not authorized to depart without first canceling either your IFR flight plan or clearance.  After, though, you can depart VFR and then pick up your IFR clearance in the air if it is still active.

AIM part 5-2-6. Departure Restrictions, Clearance Void Times, Hold for Release, and Release Times

The above is intended to be advisory in nature and does not supersede any information contained in the FAR’s or AIM.  Every situation is different and may not apply to every flight.

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Tornado Totals Defenseless Citation X

A tornado in the Midwest struck just one hangar at the airfield where the Citation X was parked, along with an unauthorized camper.  The camper found itself being used as a plus-sized baseball bat and doing its best to beat the heck out of the hapless Cessna.  For some reason, the insurance company decided  that the $20M jet was worth more in parts than to rebuild it.

 

 

 

 

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Jimmy Franklin and the Jet Waco

Back on the early 2000’s these pictures were taken at the Sussex Airshow in Wantage Township, NJ.  Franklin’s show was spectacular to see anywhere, but I think he took particular joy flying at such a small venue.  He also liked to take full advantage of the  sloping terrain to create breath-taking sight-lines in which he appeared to be flying so low he was going to impact the ground.  He was an unbelievable showman and innovator. His tragic loss in 2005, along with friend and fellow performer Bobby Younkin, was heartbreaking.

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