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 →

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The evolution of AOPA Live

Posted on August 16th, 2012 by

Many associations and news organizations are producing video news and features – some even in the TV news format – now that the Internet has solved distribution issues. But since the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) pioneered an in-house... Continue Reading →

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Will Generation Y be pilots?

Posted on August 8th, 2012 by

Several recent, seemingly unrelated reports pose issues in our hopes for a new generation of pilots. Boeing’s July announcement that half a million airline pilots will be needed worldwide by 2031 made big news. But many of us have heard... Continue Reading →

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Chinese ‘stalking horse’ at Beech?

Posted on July 15th, 2012 by

Pundits are checking in on the news that Hawker Beechcraft has arrangements to be acquired by a Chinese firm. Some believe the offer is just a “stalking horse” to flesh out the real value of the company, especially without its... Continue Reading →

You can see the wear and tear on the Space Shuttle

The Shuttle ‘has wings’ with the public, why not GA?

Posted on June 25th, 2012 by

East Coast folks and TV viewers everywhere flocked to watch the Space Shuttles fly into Washington and New York recently. Some Washington friends took the day off. AAA even published safety tips to avoid distraction if you saw a Shuttle... Continue Reading →

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Flying someplace different(ly)

Posted on June 4th, 2012 by

A seaplane trip to Bimini? I took the bait and learned a lot, had a good time and spent more than I should. But getting away to an island is the perfect case for general aviation. And Bimini is closer... Continue Reading →