General aviation in the marketplace

Posted on March 10th, 2014 by

Last week the news broke that Fantasy of Flight, the aviation-themed attraction in the heart of central Florida, was closing. That was the message most people got, even if it is slightly skewed from the announcement the company intended. Those... Continue Reading →

Expectations and fixation

Posted on March 9th, 2014 by

My first flight lesson was out of Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO), inside the Dulles Class B airspace. We took off and performed some air work in the practice area. Then we headed back toward the airport. My instructor told... Continue Reading →

Fantasy of Flight to close as tourist attraction

Posted on March 6th, 2014 by

Kermit Weeks announced March 4 that Fantasy of Flight, his central Florida aviation-theme tourist attraction, will close to the public after April 6, the last day of this year’s SUN ‘n FUN airshow/fly-in just 20 miles down I-4. Continue Reading →

Maybe we aren’t as old as we think

Posted on March 5th, 2014 by

If I told you 25-29 year olds with a third class medical were the largest segment of aviators, would you believe me? Thankfully, you don’t have to take my word for it. Download the 2012 Aerospace Medical Certification Statistical Handbook for a... Continue Reading →

President Obama’s 2015 budget slaps aviation — again

Posted on March 5th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2015 is not one most in aviation will like. It again contains a $100 per flight fee for some GA flights —the same proposal that has been rejected in the past... Continue Reading →

Can LSAs go commercial?

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by

It’s a regulatory certainty that Light-Sport Aircraft cannot be used in commercial operations. Sure, the LSA category is fast growing. Yes, it’s permeated the marketplace well enough that LSAs can be found on fields across the land. Admittedly, the aircraft... Continue Reading →

Opportunity to improve TSA regulations

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by

Have you ever wished that you could change the regulations regarding aviation security? If so, now’s your chance. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking public comment Continue Reading →

Pipistrel’s Panthera and Mogas

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by

The news posted last week by Flying came as a shock — Pipistrel announced delays in the production of its sleek new Panthera four-seater due to Lycoming’s decision not to certify its IO-390 for mogas as originally planned. Continue Reading →

Mentoring: What is a mentor?

Posted on February 26th, 2014 by

With all this talk about mentoring, we need to clear the air on just what it means to be a mentor. Unfortunately there isn’t a manual or rule book that tells you how to be a mentor, at least not... Continue Reading →

VIDEO: ‘We want these [drone] companies to be very successful’

Posted on February 26th, 2014 by

AOPA President Mark Baker at last weekend’s Northwest Aviation Conference said, “We want these [drone] companies to be very successful,” in response to a question from Washington Pilots Association President Les Smith. Listen to Mark’s comments for yourself in the... Continue Reading →