The Pilot’s Authority

Having a final operational authority over the aircraft is both a blessing and a curse. But it's useless if you don't know how and when to use it.

So I’m flying along, fat dumb and happy, into the Charlottesville-Albemarle (Va.) Airport (KCHO). The tower controller tells me to enter a right base for Runway 03, which I do, followed by a touch-and-go and entering left closed traffic like a good boy. I mentally pat myself on the back, and think, “Good job, flying […]
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