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August 2018 Issue

Ground Control

Maintaining control of an airplane while itís on its wheels becomes a lot easier once you understand itís a really lousy ground vehicle.

My flight instructor also lives in an airpark development, about 40 nm away, an easy hop. When we fly together, I generally taxi directly to her home. Past palm and pine trees, mailboxes, fences and...well, you get the idea. (Her trash gets collected on Fridays.) So Iím no stranger to ground operations in close quarters. It could be said that I donít really know what to do with all the expansive, unobstructed pavement available for taxiing at ďrealĒ airports. Thatís not to say Iíll never taxi into something; thatís always a risk.

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