Small airports important in national airport financing

Posted on June 18th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama’s budget calling for a reduction in airport funding would have a serious effect on small airports, Dr. Gerald Dillingham of the U.S. Government Accounting Office told a congressional hearing Wednesday, June 17. Continue Reading →

Can aviation get its mojo back?

Posted on June 16th, 2014 by

There was a time not so long ago when aviation was cool. It was hip. It was a celebrity in its own right. Being photographed next to an airplane was a dream come true. Being one of the lucky few... Continue Reading →

Ask Paul: Does my engine need an oil filter?

Posted on June 15th, 2014 by

Q: I just purchased a 1978 Citabria 7ECA with a Lycoming O-235-C1. Just had my first oil change done — it has no oil filter! Just one, maybe two, screens.  Are these screens just as effective if I change my oil... Continue Reading →

A quarter century of power

Posted on June 12th, 2014 by

In 1989 something remarkable happened. You might remember the fall of the despised Berlin Wall that separated Germany. Certainly that was a remarkable event in human history, but it wasn’t the only noteworthy occurrence that year. Not far away in... Continue Reading →

GA reluctant to jump on NextGen bandwagon

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA needs to take speedier action, as well as assure pilots and aircraft owners that expenditures for equipment will not significantly change for general aviation to move ahead to prepare for the Next Generation Air Transportation System... Continue Reading →

Motivation, inspiration, and big ol’ dreams

Posted on June 9th, 2014 by

I’ve just returned from a beautiful morning chat on my friend Ben’s front porch. Ben’s 87 years old. As a solid member of that group known as the greatest generation, he fills the bill well. A southern boy born into... Continue Reading →

NextGen progressing, FAA tells Congress

Posted on June 4th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA is making progress in the next generation air traffic control (NextGen) program, Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker said in a report to the Congress. Whitaker was appointed Chief NextGen Officer a year ago. Continue Reading →

Welcome to the minority

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by

When the topic of aviation comes up, it is almost a given that the conversation will come around to pilots. Even if the discussion isn’t about flying itself, the chatter still turns to pilots. Whether you’re interacting with an aviation-centric... Continue Reading →

Business flying ticks up

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by

Speaking at the opening session of the European business aviation conference in Geneva, held May 19-21, Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association, said he is pleased all indicators are up for business flying. Announcements of... Continue Reading →

Safety focus of international conference

Posted on May 28th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Each year representatives from the FAA and other nations gather for an international aviation safety conference. This year the meeting will be held in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of the nation’s capital. The importance of the meetings... Continue Reading →