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Want to fly a jet?

Posted on January 17th, 2013 by

After some years, I ran into John and Martha King of King Schools at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention this fall and caught their Light Business Aircraft briefing on jet ownership. As usual they were frank, straightforward and... Continue Reading →

Corkey Fornof: Flying with Fury

Posted on January 16th, 2013 by

“I’ve known your name forever,” I told Corkey Fornof, star attraction of the “First Saturday” breakfast last month at LoPresti Speed Merchants in Sebastian, Florida. “Me too!” laughed the stunt pilot legend, Continue Reading →

To win, you’ve got to play the game

Posted on December 27th, 2012 by

“I’m seeing a virtuous cycle,” said National Business Aviation Association president Ed Bolen at this year’s NBAA convention in Orlando. He was speaking of The Alliance for Aviation Across America. Ad hoc Washington coalitions are often just “inside baseball” (and... Continue Reading →

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The show goes on

Posted on December 20th, 2012 by

Conversations drifted to tragedy in Connecticut, but the holiday season’s 25th annual Toy Parade went on as scheduled at the Spruce Creek Fly-In community in Florida. The parade boasted an ingeniously decorated Cub, Cherokee and Waco, the latter owned by... Continue Reading →

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Vero Beach Memoirs

Posted on November 14th, 2012 by

With apologies to both playwright Neil Simon and Brighton Beach, it was a sentimental journey Nov. 10 to Vero Beach, Florida, for Piper’s Factory Fly-In, the final event of the Cub’s 75th Anniversary year. Continue Reading →

Living legend Bob Hoover was undoubtedly the star of the show.

Notes from NBAA: Good show!

Posted on November 11th, 2012 by

The National Business Aircraft Association show made it into the Orlando Convention Center unscathed Oct. 30-Nov. 1 despite an on-again/off-again Presidential TFR, turmoil from Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast and economic headwinds in the industry. Show attendance looked thin but... Continue Reading →

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Bowling alone

Posted on October 28th, 2012 by

The new flying club proposal from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is news, but the association has tried it before. Moreover, Americans generally (pilots in particular) are individualists – even more so recently, says a unique thesis titled “Bowling... Continue Reading →

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Embry-Riddle: Climbing out despite turbulent times

Posted on October 8th, 2012 by

You might wonder how a big aviation university is doing during the recession. After all, airline flying is not the glamorous, big money career it used to be. What’s a college to do? At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach,... Continue Reading →

Neil Glazer in his warehouse “office,” right next to shipping.

GA’s next generation of entrepreneurs: PilotMall.com’s Neil Glazer

Posted on October 3rd, 2012 by

I always marvel at how anyone makes a go of it in aviation. I’m especially cheered by young people who stake their claim. I’ll be writing about a young aviation entrepreneur or leader from time to time. The first represents... Continue Reading →

Just a portion of the crowd at the AOPA/NBAA convention-watch party in Tampa. At left, NBAA President Ed Bolen.

General aviation goes to the political conventions

Posted on September 3rd, 2012 by

For the first time, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Business Aviation Association teamed to hold events at the two national party conventions. The goal: Schmoozing politicos to hold high the flag of general aviation. I attended... Continue Reading →