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Thursday
Mar102011

Close Calls - March 2011

Redline, Red Alert

By Aanthony Nalli

Close Calls is a column detailing the “close call” experiences of fellow pilots. I invite you to contact me at CloseCalls@TheAviators.TV to anonymously share your stories. The experience shared and lessons learned will be of benefit to all readers. Confidentiality will be assured and I will not use your name or aircraft ident without your permission. If your submission is used in Close Calls you’ll receive a copy of “The Aviators: The Complete First Season” on DVD.

Our pilot had 400 hours of experience in this particular rented Comanche 180 when he and his three passengers were packed and off Blue Sky City, MT for to a two-day seminar in higher education. It was a South Dakota beautiful day in December when they boarded the 180 with a thermos of coffee, full tanks, and plenty of runway 30 ahead of them.

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Thursday
Feb032011

Close Calls - February 2011

“Yeah, uh, Sorry”

By Anthony Nalli

Close Calls is a column detailing the “close call” experiences of fellow pilots. I invite you to contact me at CloseCalls@TheAviators.TV to anonymously share your stories. The experience shared and lessons learned will be of benefit to all readers. Confidentiality will be assured and I will not use your name or aircraft ident without your permission. If your submission is used in Close Calls you’ll receive an official cap of the new TV series The Aviators.

On the ground, a bystander turned to his two friends and said, “Man, I hope those guys see each other!” as all three were looking up at a Lazair that was on short final from the south and another plane apparently flying a straight-in approach from the north. “Uncontrolled airport, low light just around dusk, this could get ugly” they were each thinking to themselves.

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Monday
Jan102011

Close Calls - January 2011

Close Calls is a column detailing the “close call” experiences of fellow pilots. Determining a close call can be quite subjective but for our purposes here a close call will be any situation where a pilot suddenly finds themselves in a potentially dangerous situation quite unexpectedly. Personally, I describe a close call as “closer than I’d prefer.” I invite you to contact me at Close Calls@PCAS.ca or 1-888-PCAS-123 (GTA: 416-225-9266) to anonymously share your stories. I will collect the details and prepare the article for Close Calls. The experience shared and lessons learned will be of benefit to all readers. Confidentiality will be assured and I will not use your name or aircraft ident without your permission. If your submission is used in Close Calls you’ll receive an official cap of the TV series The Aviators.

Snowblind

By Anthony Nalli

Our pilot was a fairly new pilot who was going for a winter flight with a friend to a nearby airport for lunch. Just a short VFR pleasure flight, the kind so many pilots take quite often. The weather was calm and clear, undoubtedly VFR, and the flight to their lunch spot was great.

Just as they were finishing their lunch, our pilot noticed some light snow starting to fall. The two quickly finished their lunch and headed out to the plane with plans to beat whatever might be coming in. Our pilot checked the ATIS and it was reporting the airport as VFR with good visibility. They readied the plane, got in, and fired up.

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Close Calls - October 2010

A Sudden Battle with Nature

By Anthony Nalli

Close Calls is a column detailing the “close call” experiences of fellow pilots. I invite you to contact me at CloseCalls@TheAviators.TV to anonymously share your stories. The experience shared and lessons learned will be of benefit to all readers. Confidentiality will be assured and I will not use your name or aircraft ident without your permission. If your submission is used in Close Calls you’ll receive an official cap of the new TV series The Aviators.

The summer of 2009 had been fun and interesting for our pilot and his wife, as they “stretched their wings” and flew longer distances to visit friends and relatives. In mid-summer, they decided to fly out and visit family in northwest North Dakota, a drive of more than ten hours. By plane, they could leave mid-morning and join them for lunch at the local ice cream shop!

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Tuesday
Aug312010

Close Calls - September 2010

 The Aviators Set for Takeoff!

By Anthony Nalli

Close Calls is a column detailing the “close call” experiences of fellow pilots. I invite you to contact me at CloseCalls@TheAviators.TV or CloseCalls@PCAS.ca to anonymously share your stories. The experience shared and lessons learned will be of benefit to all readers. Confidentiality will be assured and I will not use your name or aircraft ident without your permission. If your submission is used in Close Calls you’ll receive an official cap of the upcoming TV series The Aviators.

Well, it’s been almost two years in the making and the amount of work involved has been incredible… and I’ve loved every single second of it!                  

I was beaming with pride when we had the opportunity to finally present The Aviators, the new and highly anticipated weekly magazine-style television series we’ve been working on, to an audience of thousands aviation enthusiasts and pilots for the very first time.

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