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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 →

TICO Warbird Show suffers iffy weather, but still shines

Posted on March 12th, 2012 by

The weekend wasn’t kind to the TICO Warbird Airshow. Showery weather plagued Florida’s east coast. Some complained online that warbird flying was thinner this year and a promised act didn’t appear. But for the dyed-in-wool military aviation aficionado, this was... Continue Reading →

‘FIFI’ kicks off month-long Florida tour

Posted on March 5th, 2012 by

The Commemorative Air Force’s star attraction, the B-29 “FIFI,” landed late in Daytona Beach March 1 because she flies “VFR only” these days. But she immediately swelled the hearts of World War II vets and awed general aviation flyers here... Continue Reading →

Recreation time?

Posted on January 24th, 2012 by

Strange as it seems with many millions jobless today, it wasn’t so long ago that theorists pondered what Americans would do with all their free time. The idea played its part in the 1970s transition of at least one pioneering... Continue Reading →

My dinner with Henry

Posted on January 22nd, 2012 by

“My Dinner with Andre” was the movie where two actors do little but talk over a meal (seemingly forever) about the meaning of life. I’m saying very few goodbyes to industry friends here before leaving D.C., but couldn’t miss comparing... Continue Reading →