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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 →

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Remembering The Mighty Eighth

Posted on May 24th, 2012 by

Traveling I-95, the East Coast’s main street, you come to something seemingly out of place in Savannah, Georgia: A museum dedicated to World War II’s Eighth Air Force. Visit and you’ll see why it’s here. You can’t fly-in, but it’s... Continue Reading →

A control tower for FDK

Posted on May 7th, 2012 by

May 1 was the day many in Frederick, Maryland, had long awaited — or dreaded, depending on your point of view. The home of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), defender of our freedoms to fly, was finally getting... Continue Reading →

caption: Formation climb-out off Lake Dora, Florida, for Orlando's Fox 35 affiliate

Media promotion: The right — and wrong — way

Posted on April 26th, 2012 by

As a 30-year industry PR man and promoter, I think I know something about media relations. Perhaps I’m kidding myself, but at least I was successful in my time. Recently, I encountered two general aviation examples of how — and... Continue Reading →

Their unique sound marked a generation…

Posted on March 26th, 2012 by

So says the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. I don’t know much about helicopters — most general aviation pilots don’t. But these guys are grabbing attention and filling seats at airshows. And I had hardly heard of them before. What sound?... Continue Reading →

Flight training adventure: Just add water

Posted on March 25th, 2012 by

Some pilots become jaded with time. Need to perk-up your aviation life? Pre-Sun ’n Fun, I returned to Central Florida’s lake country and a training operation that will freshen anyone’s outlook on flying. Located on Lake Dora above Florida’s Turnpike... Continue Reading →