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In your October 2009 "Getting Down" article, the writer pontificates on having issues with Portland Tower not knowing "the performance and limitations" of his "personal aircraft" when actually it seems he, as PIC, didn't know them, either.

If he is blazing into towered airspace to the extent he has to drop his flaps and gear for speed control (no matter the circumstance), he has operated improperly by not staying ahead of his "chosen aircraft." A Mooney 201 should be at 120 KIAS, five miles out; no excuses.

Secondly, you can't slip a Mooney 201. Check the POH. These "There I was ..." type articles always seem to reveal more than their intent. I am glad Mr. D'Ambrosia survived to articulate his learning experience.

John Pleisse

Darnestown, Md.

Thanks, John. All these articles are submitted by readers who under stand some or all of the things they did wrong in the event described, and want to help educate other pilots in the hope the same mistakes won't be made again. We always can use more of them and guarantee anonymity, although we're also happy to give a byline. See page 30 for this month's installation.

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Title Annotation:UNICOM
Author:Pleisse, John
Publication:Aviation Safety
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 1, 2009
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