Endings, beginnings, and opportunities

Posted on May 12th, 2014 by

Regular readers of this column may notice a small change to the bio blurb that runs below. It’s shorter. The line about being the founder and president of the Polk Aviation Alliance has been removed, because although I remain the... Continue Reading →

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Rockin’ the Runways

Posted on May 11th, 2014 by

The passing of aviation’s glory days? Much has been said. Sure, people are now more fascinated with easier, trendier, more hedonistic things. So what’s a perennial air show to do after a 2011 performer fatality and subsequently cancelled air shows?... Continue Reading →

Idaho Aviation Expo set for May 16-17

Posted on May 11th, 2014 by

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The annual Idaho Aviation Expo, May 16-17 this year, is once again taking place in the 30,000-square-foot Aero Mark hangar at IDA. Admission is $10 at the door, but I’ve got some “Free Admission” tickets. Send me... Continue Reading →

NTSB recommends FAA, National Weather Service improve weather forecasts to pilots

Posted on May 7th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board said May 7 that the National Weather Service and the FAA should provide improved forecast services to pilots. Continue Reading →

Tell your story

Posted on May 5th, 2014 by

Perhaps it has occurred to you. as it has to me, aviation attracts high achievers like a moth to a flame. Ours is not the domain of the weak or timid. Similarly it’s not an exclusive outpost for rich, old,... Continue Reading →

Government and GA groups differ over security actions

Posted on May 5th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While aviation groups here are seeking to reduce the way general aviation pilots are stopped for questioning about possible terror flights, at the same time a powerful Senator was declaring concern about gaps in GA security. Continue Reading →

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Why you should be a seaplane pilot

Posted on May 4th, 2014 by

By STEVEN McCAUGHEY Looking for a new flying adventure? Need a Flight Review? Trying to decide what is the best way to take your flying to the next skill level or what rating to pursue next? Well, I have the... Continue Reading →

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How I Did It: Cirrus Aircraft’s Dale Klapmeier

Posted on May 4th, 2014 by

I read a good many “How I Did It” type stories in various business magazines. It is always interesting to learn that “now successful” business operators struggled with the same challenges I, and many others, struggle with. So when I... Continue Reading →

10,000 miles in an LSA in a month-and-a-half

Posted on May 1st, 2014 by

BOISE, Idaho – From one end of the United States, and back, to the other end, and back. Paul Leadabrand of Stick & Rudder Aviation flew his Kitfox S-LSA from Boise to Lakeland, Florida, for the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and back to Boise... Continue Reading →

Touch & Go: Perspective matters

Posted on April 30th, 2014 by

I’m excited to see what comes of the future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones. There is a great deal yet to learn, and ways UAV technology will scale up to the benefit of all aerospace. Of that, I... Continue Reading →