As the Luscombe turns

Posted on May 13th, 2010 by

The past several weeks have brought some great flying weather to northern Georgia, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to take advantage of those precious flying days. Henry’s mom or “Granny,” as she is known in our house, has taken... Continue Reading →

Ode to our days in the sun

Posted on April 11th, 2010 by

As Sun ‘n Fun 2010 prepares to kick, our Short Final columnist Deb McFarland reminisces about past fly-ins: If I were feeling perky, I would quip that the sun is shining, the air is warming and spring is finally here.... Continue Reading →

Lean and powerful

Posted on March 14th, 2010 by

I thought retirement would be different. I envisioned lunch dates on sunny days at small cafes. I could see the Old Man and I snuggled together on the couch on rainy or cold days, reading or just talking while sipping... Continue Reading →

A time to mourn and a time to dance

Posted on February 15th, 2010 by

SHORT FINAL By DEB McFARLAND I am blessed that my aviation experiences have been nurtured in a strong community of good-hearted souls who share and foster the passion of flying. There is nothing finer than to plop down in a... Continue Reading →

My man and his other love

Posted on January 17th, 2010 by

SHORT FINAL By DEB McFARLAND Today, the man I married nearly 30 years ago, the man who suffered through my flight training and later patiently taught me to fly his Luscombe 8A, retired. After 35 years of service to the... Continue Reading →

No. 41: A father passes on his passion for flying — and his license number

Posted on December 13th, 2009 by

SHORT FINAL By DEB McFARLAND Pickens County Airport in Jasper, Georgia, is a nice airport, but it’s not particularly known as a hub of aeronautical excitement. However, every now and then we have a visitor who attracts notice. Such was... Continue Reading →

A great excuse to call in sick

Posted on November 15th, 2009 by

SHORT FINAL By DEB McFARLAND It’s 5:30 a.m. and I have supper cooked. Soup beans, corn on the cob and cornbread. Directly, I will wake my young sleeping beauty, who has a vacation day from school. She will be shocked... Continue Reading →

The Spirit of Thomasville

Posted on October 18th, 2009 by

SHORT FINAL By DEB McFARLAND The forecasters were wrong. I don’t generally pay attention to forecasts until a day or two before my flight because, frankly, here in the South, weather predictions bob up and down nearly as bad as... Continue Reading →

A new heart for an old girl

Posted on October 4th, 2009 by

SHORT FINAL By DEBORAH McFARLAND As I write this, my own Lester is buzzing over my head. While I’ve always thought his throaty C-85/O-200 made a sweet sound, today I find the noise annoying but, in hearing it, I know... Continue Reading →

Making magic happen

Posted on September 27th, 2009 by

SHORT FINAL By DEB McFARLAND Every now and then magic happens. It can happen in a certain time, at a certain place or with certain people. Mine came on a Saturday with a group of pilots from a friendly country... Continue Reading →