A wider waistline thanks to aviation

Posted on November 25th, 2013 by

Thanksgiving is upon us. Then comes Christmas and the New Year and an encounter with that dirty lying scoundrel known as the bathroom scale. I will gain weight over the coming weeks. You may well add a few ounces to... Continue Reading →

Everything changes

Posted on November 18th, 2013 by

It doesn’t take long to realize that everything around us changes through the years. By the time we’re in high school we notice that friends have moved away even as new friends magically arrive in town. The familiar old drug... Continue Reading →

Poor little rich Americans

Posted on November 11th, 2013 by

As we slide into the holiday season with the aroma of fresh baked pies and warm, happy families surrounding us, it’s worth reflecting on the world around us and the lives we live. The United States and each of the... Continue Reading →

People are talking

Posted on November 4th, 2013 by

Thanks to the benefits of some decent parenting at the hands of my mother, who is a teeny, tiny woman with exemplary manners, I am a reasonably humble man. You will not find me standing on a stump telling the... Continue Reading →

Observations and invitations

Posted on October 29th, 2013 by

Attached to the main administration building at the Santa Monica Airport in Southern California is an observation deck. It’s a wide concrete structure with a curved metal railing that allows excellent views of the area, reaching from the Hollywood sign... Continue Reading →

Tag team activism

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by

The main hangar space at San Luis Jet Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif., was packed last weekend. A good 300 aviation enthusiasts came from far and wide to rub shoulders, commiserate, learn, be motivated, and be inspired to be... Continue Reading →

Yeah, that’s not there anymore…

Posted on October 14th, 2013 by

Normally I write this column in my office in central Florida. I’ve got one at Gilbert Field in Winter Haven, and another in my home where I do a considerable amount of my writing. It’s just more comfortable there. Let’s... Continue Reading →

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We remember the bad, forget the good

Posted on October 10th, 2013 by

Although it is not scheduled to be released until January 2014, I have just finished reading “Fireball, Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3″ by Robert Matzen. His research is impressive. Rather than dwell on the superficial or get... Continue Reading →

Maybe the O stands for opportunity

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by

Next week, Fort Worth, Texas, will fill up with pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, writers, reporters, business owners, spouses, friends, and all the assorted characters who travel along with the big aviation enthusiast road show. The draw is the AOPA... Continue Reading →

Snowballs and dominos

Posted on September 23rd, 2013 by

It has been said, what goes up must come down. The statement is so obvious that it strikes us as a truism, something so apparent that it’s legitimacy is self-evident. Then again, not everything is as it seems. As an... Continue Reading →