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Follow These Five Aviation Instagram Accounts

If there is one thing pilots like more than aviation, it's sharing that passion with the rest of the world. In today's social media frenzy, there is no shortage of places to do just that. Instagram has tons of great aviation content, but it can be hard to find the accounts that are telling great stories on a regular basis. Aside from following our adventures on Instagram, here are five others that we enjoy.

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Tailwheel Fly-In 2016

There are few things I enjoy more than a group of tailwheel aircraft getting together. So when this year's Tailwheel Fly-In at the Independence Municipal Airport rolled around, it was a no-brainer to attend. This is the second year for the event following an eventful first fly-in last year. In fact, this year I ended up on a team helping to judge aircraft as they arrived. More on that in a bit.

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A Maintenance Flight For Everyone

This is a story that includes two short wing Pipers, a fairly stiff crosswind and geese. But I'll get to all of those things as the post unfolds. My friend, John (owner of 1957 Piper Tri-Pacer) needed to pick up his plane after its annual inspection at the Vinton Veteran's Memorial Airport (KVTI). It's only about 14NM from our home airport (KIIB), so it's a simple mission, but the airplane had been sitting awhile and a mission of any kind was definitely in order.

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To Fly or Not? That Was the Question

As a flight instructor, I've always pushed the idea of establishing personal weather minimums. Crosswind limits, ceiling/visibility limits, etc. And as a "regular" pilot out doing my own thing, I try to live by those rules just the same. So it should come as no surprise that when the world started stacking the deck against me on our last attempt to fly, it was an easy decision: not today!

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