Over regulation, slow response time and inconsistencies hurt GA

Posted on February 11th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Numerous government regulations, slow response times for decisions, and frequent inconsistencies by the FAA are harming small general aviation businesses. Continue Reading →

A distraction for the species

Posted on February 10th, 2014 by

A debate of epic proportions took place last week. Streamed live via the Internet, the audience was massive and motivated. Each debater was bolstered by their respective armies of supporters and intellectual warriors. The concepts being addressed were critical to... Continue Reading →

Keeping the skies safe as UAV testing begins

Posted on February 10th, 2014 by

I’m not against UAVs. What I am against is fencing off parts of the sky from the flyers who were here first in the interest of UAV testing. I’m also not for rolling the dice with the lives of fellow... Continue Reading →

Tips for flying the media and other influencers

Posted on February 9th, 2014 by

We often encourage activist pilots and airport advocates to engage the media and community leaders, including by flying them. For two-plus decades, that was part of my job. I had a few ironclad principles for this. A potential disaster with... Continue Reading →

FAA reports on drones and NextGen

Posted on February 6th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has made some strides in moving towards modernization, but is behind schedule and not fully geared for some other important issues, a Congressional committee discovered Wednesday, Feb. 5, in a hearing designed to check on... Continue Reading →

The elephant in the room

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by

Superbowl Sunday was anything but super. Not only was the game a huge disappointment to anyone who enjoys competitive sports, but earlier in the day news broke that Philip Seymour Hoffman had been found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment.... Continue Reading →

Moving on…

Posted on February 2nd, 2014 by

I’ve always wanted to write, and when I graduated from high school, I had every intention of attending my local college and pursuing the possibilities. But on orientation day, for whatever reason, I didn’t go. Instead, I applied for a... Continue Reading →

Liability vs. profits

Posted on January 28th, 2014 by

A recent story by Michael Mooney, who is an aviation fuels supplier, states that the reason that no major oil company is supplying mogas to end users is because of liability. When it was posted, several people commented that the... Continue Reading →

Searching for that last straw

Posted on January 27th, 2014 by

Long, long ago I was fortunate enough to hear a joke that’s stuck with me for all these years. What I hadn’t anticipated was that a single joke would help inform my political sensibilities forevermore. That’s right, a joke has... Continue Reading →

UAVs and sliced airspace

Posted on January 27th, 2014 by

The time is approaching when manned aircraft will be sharing the skies with unmanned drones on a regular basis in the United States. Late last year the FAA named six UAV operators to test unmanned aircraft flying in the U.S.... Continue Reading →