NextGen over budget and behind schedule

Posted on February 13th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pilots and aircraft owners at all levels of aviation are reluctant to invest in the necessary new equipment for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). One reason is that the FAA has not clearly defined what... Continue Reading →

Link: A Skosh of Paranoia

Posted on February 12th, 2014 by

A fatal stall/spin accident, reconstructed by AOPA, led to a discussion between friends and was capped off by an interested blog post titled, “A Skosh of Paranoia” by Ron Rapp at the House of Rapp blog. As is often said,... Continue Reading →

How fracking helps General Aviation

Posted on February 12th, 2014 by

Airportpros just published an article describing boom times at airports near shale oil fields such as the Bakken play in North Dakota.  From the article: Continue Reading →

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 →