A great little airplane, now becoming rarer

Posted on January 17th, 2012 by

This story began as fall sunlight kissed the grass at The Flying Circus Aerodrome in Bealelton, Virginia, some 50 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. The surprise was two Aeronca L-16s among the show’s Stearman and WACO “heavy-iron.” There were even... Continue Reading →

Meigs Field: Still a pyrrhic sacrifice to ‘good intentions’

Posted on December 7th, 2011 by

With last month’s passing of Maggie Daley, Chicago’s former first lady, from power, political blogger Greg Hinz reflected on stillborn plans to turn Meigs Field, the city’s former lakefront GA airport, into a major city park. Years later: Nothing –... Continue Reading →

The NRA of the Air

Posted on November 30th, 2011 by

Chris Dancy, talented media relations staffer at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), recently moved on to the Helicopter Association International. This prompts some reflection on GA’s relations with the media. AOPA is a good exemplar for this, having... Continue Reading →

Turbulent times

Posted on November 7th, 2011 by

“Occupy Wall Street” protests have made news, raised questions, and recently generated violence. They recall MY generation’s turbulent college years when politics and values took a sharp turn. During the era of “sex, drugs and Rock ‘n Roll,” I wondered... Continue Reading →

It’s a new world

Posted on October 5th, 2011 by

I’ve always believed that much of General Aviation’s success in our time is a legacy of World War II. Aviation was a hero, if not “the” hero, of the war. Pilots were idolized. And everyone saw a bright future and... Continue Reading →

A road not taken

Posted on September 19th, 2011 by

My pre-move house cleaning has yielded another aviation memory: A 1972 letter from the old Monmouth Airlines. It offered an answer to every young hopeful’s need for multi-engine and turbine time — very expensive but necessary stepping stones to pro... Continue Reading →

Aboard Flight 93: GA’s man on 9/11

Posted on September 12th, 2011 by

I have the feeling that few GA pilots know “one of ours” was up there on United Flight 93, capable of bringing that 757 back had passengers overcome cockpit hijackers. He was a college classmate of mine. Donald Freeman Greene... Continue Reading →

Why can’t GA be more like renting a car? Once, it was…

Posted on September 5th, 2011 by

Debates about GA’s practicality are weighty, sometimes bitter, discussions I think often miss the point. But one of the best deals I ever found was “Hertz-like” plane rental at Lease-A-Plane. It opened up lots of possibilities. Continue Reading →

Is there still ‘Room at the Top?’

Posted on August 21st, 2011 by

Drew Steketee was president of BE A PILOT, senior vp-communications for AOPA and executive director of the Partnership for Improved Air Travel. He also headed PR and media relations for Beech, GAMA and the Airport Operators Council International. We’re packing... Continue Reading →

Splash-In a welcome break from Sun ’n Fun aftermath

Posted on April 20th, 2011 by

Drew Steketee was president of BE A PILOT, senior vp-communications for AOPA and executive director of the Partnership for Improved Air Travel. He also headed PR and media relations for Beech, GAMA and the Airport Operators Council International. Delayed by... Continue Reading →