Author Archives: Colin Summers

About Colin Summers

I am an architect, programmer, private pilot, husband and father. A couple of those I am good at.

Instrument Approaches

There is the old saw about getting your Private Pilot certificate, that it “is a ticket to learn,” meaning that you’ve just gotten the little slip of paper that lets you learn to be a better pilot. I totally buy … Continue reading

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The Clearance Test

It was the middle of May, which means the end of the school year. So it was time to pick Dexter up from Cambridge and ferry him home. The forecast for Saturday was rainy, which was killing my mood a … Continue reading

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The Three Scariest Flights

Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) is the process defined by pilot training and the FAA that pilots apply to choices when flying. Or, most importantly, when deciding whether to go flying. It involves situational awareness, understanding of your aircraft’s performance, frank assessment … Continue reading

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The Small Mistake Heard ‘Round the World

A few people have asked me about Harrison Ford landing down at John Wayne airport. They said from the news it was hard to tell what had happened. Among pilot friends I have mostly said, “I sure am glad that … Continue reading

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Disappointing Flight

I actually checked in with the Santa Monica tower on my return this morning as, “Disappointed Angel Flight 7866.” 

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A Small Nudge from Technology

When Adam and I started training, the radio work was very difficult for me. I am sure part of it is that my primary instructor was impatient with the progress (or lack) that I was making on that front, so … Continue reading

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Tiny Things

One of the suggestions of the ferry pilot was to collar the autopilot’s circuit breaker on the panel with a red ring. When something goes wrong, you want to be able to disable the autopilot as quickly as possible and … Continue reading

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