Gimme an A, gimmee an O…

Posted on May 21st, 2013 by

Bear with me now, things are going to get a little rocky right up front. This column is going to be rough, but then life is rough. We need to be aware, be prepared, and when necessary be capable of... Continue Reading →

Just like Christmas morning

Posted on May 14th, 2013 by

There are some among us who feel aviation is in decline. I disagree, of course. You might even say I famously disagree, since I am prone to regular outbursts of unrestrained optimism in a public forum. It would be fair... Continue Reading →

Hey, you know what I just heard?

Posted on May 6th, 2013 by

If you hang around the airport long enough you’ll hear all sorts of interesting news. For example, just last week a local stopped into my office to ask about the new seaplane base being built on Lake Hartridge. The lake... Continue Reading →

Where’s Sky King when you need him?

Posted on April 29th, 2013 by

It occurs to me that aviation has been a player in the entertainment industry for some time. And I’m not just talking about stunt pilots plowing Jenny’s into barns for the spectacular visual it creates when a moving vehicle slams... Continue Reading →

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 →