One becomes two, then becomes a movement

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While there are plenty of reasons to hang your head and lament the difficulty of making a difference in your community, it is not impossible to have a positive effect. Hard? You betcha. Impossible? Not hardly.

There is reason for real hope even when the hill seems unimaginably steep and the burden feels too heavy to carry one more step because, in all honesty, one person can do a lot. That’s especially true if they employ the massive, almost unstoppable power of the multiplier effect.

Let me give you an example. [Read more…]

The secret is out — finally

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Shhhh. I’m going to trust you to keep this to yourself. It’s a secret. It has been for years. Yet, I’m going to tell you the truth. Here. Now. Only a few sentences hence.

Now, if I’m going to be completely honest, I have to admit the paragraph you just read is hyperbole. I’ve used a writer’s trick to get you reading, and hopefully keep you reading. Exaggeration is my tool of choice. By elevating something that’s largely unknown to the status of a well-kept secret, I’ve grabbed your attention a little more forcefully than I might have done if I chose more passive words, or a less impassioned approach. Good.

What I have to share is important. It truly is. For while it might not really be a closely held secret that’s been shielded from the wider public, it is information that’s unknown in the wider world and directly affects the future of general aviation in a very real way.

You’re still with me, right? Excellent.

In only a matter of weeks the second largest aviation-related event in North America will take place in my back yard. It’s called SUN ‘n FUN and it’s been one of the highlights of my year for more than two decades. You’ve probably heard of it too. Hopefully, you’ve been there to experience it for yourself. It is, in a word, amazing. [Read more…]

Air Boss: Keeping airshows and fly-ins safe

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Ever flown into AirVenture at Oshkosh? SUN ‘n FUN in Lakeland, Florida? Any of the major fly-ins around the country? If so, you’ll know it’s true: Air bosses rock!

I’d flown into the two big events several times, and marveled at the Air Traffic Control at both places. People wearing bright pink polo shirts, armed only with binoculars, headsets, and quick wits, were standing on flat-bed trailers, calmly directing more traffic than O’Hare sees on a bad day. I was impressed. [Read more…]

What is your favorite fly-in or airshow?

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The March print issues of General Aviation News will focus on airshows and fly-ins, so we’re asking our readers about their favorites. Is there a show or fly-in you look forward to every year? What makes it special? Any tips for those who want to join in the fun about flying into the field or what to look forward to once at the fly-in? And don’t forget to send us your favorite fly-in photos! We’ll run some in print, as well as online. Send the photos and comments to janice@generalaviationnews.com or reply below in the Comments.