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DIVERTED Away From AirVenture – FAST Pilot Decision Making!

It started off fun… But got more difficult quickly.

This episode covers the lead up to what was absolutely my most #Difficult #AirVenture arrival experience. Every year there are #Storms and super high traffic volume… I’ve flown the Fisk arrival many times over the years, and have always managed to skate through fairly smoothly. But 2023 was the first time that basically everything happened: We had to divert due to storms being parked over the entire arrival procedure, then got spun at Fisk multiple times, had to go around due to a wrong way landing aircraft, and then had to join the holds when the airport was closed – all in, we spent over 2 hours doing what should have taken 25 minutes.

I was so glad to have Katie as a crew member on this one! Learn more about her here: https://www.AstroKatie.com

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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

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