Which way do we go?

Posted on April 24th, 2013 by

As general aviation comes to grips with the various opportunities to grow our community, we become aware that we face a few issues as well. First and foremost among those vexing problems may be the fact, and yes it is... Continue Reading →

At no cost to you…

Posted on April 15th, 2013 by

While at SUN ’n FUN this year I stumbled one morning into the SAFE breakfast for a bite to eat and a bit of social engagement. SAFE is the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, a group dedicated to improving safety... Continue Reading →

Put me in coach

Posted on April 9th, 2013 by

While it’s common knowledge in the aviation community that SUN ’n FUN’s International Fly-In and Expo is massive, you may not know the whole story. Sure, you’ve read about the economic impact of this weeklong event creeping up on $70... Continue Reading →

Teamwork of the voluntary kind

Posted on April 1st, 2013 by

There is a new compass rose plastered on the ramp outside my office window this morning. It’s roughly 50 feet in diameter, and at its center is an interlocking pair of 9s – representing the logo of the International Organization... Continue Reading →

Defining the Bob Costas effect

Posted on March 26th, 2013 by

Every now and then it’s good to challenge your views. If nothing else, it gives us the chance to grow. As we mature, our insights become more in depth, our tastes tend to be more nuanced, and our goals have... Continue Reading →

The great equalizer

Posted on March 19th, 2013 by

With all the hand wringing and brow furrowing we’ve experienced lately as a result of the sequestration, it’s probably worth remembering that we live in the most technologically advanced, affluent, and safe period of human history. Continue Reading →

Learning to speak the customer’s language

Posted on March 12th, 2013 by

While sitting at my desk last week, passing the time of day in a genial manner with one of the local CFIs, I noticed Rick Matthews wandering by my door. Being in a particularly social mood, I called him into... Continue Reading →

A little alliance goes a long way

Posted on March 10th, 2013 by

It started with a conversation, which lead to a thought, which resulted in a plan. In no time at all that process caused an email to be drafted and sent to approximately a dozen hopefully receptive recipients. That was the... Continue Reading →

Coming of age

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by

General Aviation is dead. If it’s not dead, it’s dying. If it’s not dying, it’s paralyzed with a sickness that manifests itself in the form of high prices, lousy service, ancient participants, and a generalized sense of ennui among the... Continue Reading →

Is it time to re-think TFRs?

Posted on February 26th, 2013 by

“A TFR is a regulatory action issued via the U.S. Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) system to restrict certain aircraft from operating within a defined area, on a temporary basis, to protect persons or property in the air or on the... Continue Reading →