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Gone but not forgotten

Posted on April 2nd, 2013 by

We lost some key “downtown” airports as the 20th Century faded into history. Famous campaigns fought to save them; local politicians with big plans “got” them — Chicago Meigs (10 years ago this month) and Bader Field in Atlantic City,... Continue Reading →

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Countdown to SUN ’n FUN

Posted on March 25th, 2013 by

The Breitling Countdown Clock on the SUN ’n FUN website is ticking down as Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida transitions into GA’s season-opener national fly-in/convention/airshow. A pleasant Florida morning in late March revealed things falling into place. Piper Aircraft... Continue Reading →

Merger mania: EAA and AOPA?

Posted on March 6th, 2013 by

With the announced resignation of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association‘s Craig Fuller and the departure last year of the Experimental Aircraft Association‘s new president, some are asking whether AOPA and EAA should merge. I think not. Neither EAA nor... Continue Reading →

Back to basics with the 3Rs?

Posted on March 3rd, 2013 by

New airplanes cost too much. Used aircraft prices have slumped. The fleet is aging. There’s a lack of new thinking in the industry. The pilot population is dropping. I think you’ve heard all this before. Now, an old friend has... Continue Reading →

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Briefly, a showroom of Cubs

Posted on January 20th, 2013 by

Imagine yourself in a dealership filled with new Cubs! Continue Reading →

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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 →