The best of times, the worst of times…

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom; it was the age of foolishness.” So said Charles Dickens in “The Tale of Two Cities.” Little did he... Continue Reading →

AOPA gets back to basics

Posted on January 6th, 2014 by

With the new year came a big new announcement from our friends in Frederick, Maryland. Six new fly-in events will grace the calendar starting in 2014, spreading from the east coast to the west coast, with important bases of operation... Continue Reading →

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What’s ahead for LSA in 2014?

Posted on January 5th, 2014 by

True for most of aviation, the Light-Sport Aircraft sector may not recall 2013 as a banner year. However, it was a year of movement in the right direction with a few enterprises doing well. Continue Reading →

Preparing your plane for winter

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I headed south to look at a classic car. As I was driving, I noticed a lot of pickups pulling campers heading south. Since several of the campers had stickers from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots... Continue Reading →

Waiting for FAA action

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s a quip here that asks: Why don’t government workers look out of the windows in the morning? The answer is: If they did that they wouldn’t have anything to do in the afternoon. Things are not... Continue Reading →

Aviation tax reform…indeed

Posted on January 2nd, 2014 by

Jeff Smisek is the CEO of United Airlines. His CEO Letter in the November issue of Hemispheres Magazine was titled, “Aviation Tax Reform,” which caught my eye. “The taxation system across transportation modes is broken, and airlines and our customers... Continue Reading →

One size does not fit all

Posted on January 1st, 2014 by

Imagine walking into a restaurant, sitting down, grabbing a menu, and finding only a single item listed there. One entree, that’s it. And let’s limit it to only one size of that entree. You don’t get to choose between the... Continue Reading →

FAA names six sites for UAS research

Posted on January 1st, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has selected the six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country. Continue Reading →

The covered dish

Posted on December 30th, 2013 by

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Andy Williams assures us that it is. For pilots, it can be. Predicable winter fronts can be followed by a day of wind, then a day or two of CAVU. It ain’t... Continue Reading →

NTSB issues 5 general aviation safety alerts

Posted on December 30th, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five general aviation safety alerts were issued by the National Transportation Board the week before Christmas, citing the government agency’s focus on reducing GA accidents. Continue Reading →