I’VE FOUND A WINNER

To Deb McFarland: Regarding your column, Short Final, that ran in the Jan. 25 issue (Diary of a mad Luscombe pilot). This is the second article of yours I have read. With the first it was “WHAT? and grin.” The latest is “LOL, I’ve found a winner.”

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LIFE IS GOOD

To Deb McFarland: Great stuff (Diary of a mad Luscombe pilot). You’re right: Age and waistline are immaterial when your mind’s in the sky. Life is good. You got a purty airplane, too.

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READER RECOMMENDATION FOR ROUGH-RUNNING ENGINE

To Paul McBride: I just received my copy of GANews and, as usual, your column was one of the first for me to read (What to do about a “slightly” rough running engine, Jan. 25 issue). I think Joe Casey has a carburetor venturi problem. There was an AD on some O-320s and his may be one of them. I strongly recommend he has it checked before his next flight. The symptoms he described are sure the way an O-320 acts when it has this problem.

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WE CAN’T EXPECT THE FAA TO BE OUR KEEPERS

This letter is a response to your article “Is a computer required equipment to fly?” in the Jan. 11 issue, and Lieutenant Colonel Burdon L. Davidson USAF (ret.), and his inability to locate pertinent information in keeping his aircraft in compliance with the Airworthiness Directives issued by the FAA.

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How many wonderful stories are lost?

In your Dec. 7, 2007, issue, in the article about David Tallichet (“David Tallichet, restaurant pioneer and airplane collector, dies at 84″), I found one lonely sentence that really caught my attention. “He found another fleet of Martin B-26s in western Canada, where the whole lot had crashed on the way to Alaska.” What a wonderful, colorful story has been missed here.

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CROSSFIELD’S DAUGHTER EXPRESSES GRATITUTDE

To Tom Norton: I am Sally, Scott’s daughter, child number five of six. Now that I am done crying, may I say how very grateful I am to you for writing that article (“NTSB: Lack of weather update killed Crossfield; Final report cites ATC failure to advise, Crossfield failure to ask,” Oct. 19, 2007 issue). I will never in my life, I think, be able to find the words to express how that NTSB report makes me feel. Either you’ve obtained their actual documentation, as I have, or you are much more intuitive and intelligent than the average Joe (I, of course, do not include Dad’s fabulous circle of friends in this group). You’ve also probably read some of the horrid stuff that’s come out about Dad since that “report.”

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