Courting integrity for the long haul

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by

My family is probably as dysfunctional and weird as any. Yet for all the squawking and sarcasm and occasional emotional outbursts, we still care for one another. You might even say we love each other. Certainly, there’s a sense of trust... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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The context of a Mann

Posted on May 27th, 2014 by

On Friday, May 23, Hiram Mann was laid to rest. After 92 years his body had given all it had to give. He was my friend. I’m sorry to say I was not at the ceremony with his family, his illustrious... Continue Reading →

When in doubt, panic

Posted on May 21st, 2014 by

Last week news organizations gleefully trumpeted the near collision of two airliners. Their coverage was spotty at best, with few, if any, first hand accounts from anyone with actual knowledge of the event, other than the description of a passenger.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

With an atonal buzz and a tin ear we toddle onward

Posted on April 29th, 2014 by

There is a story that circulates in the music business that suggests an interesting parallel to general aviation. The story takes place in the late 1960s when Jimi Hendrix and his band arrived at the BBC studios to do a... Continue Reading →

What do we want?

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by

There’s a great scene in the movie, “Field of Dreams,” that sticks in my head. Kevin Costner’s character has taken the character played by James Earl Jones to a baseball game. Kevin plays an innocent who has an unlikely story... Continue Reading →