The extra-Solar Impulse stunt

Posted on August 6th, 2013 by

Let’s get the obvious out of the way right from the start. The Solar Impulse is gangly, goofy-looking, slow, fragile, and can’t possibly carry the entire family in luxurious comfort to Aunt Sally’s house for the holidays. That pretty much... Continue Reading →

When landings give you lemons…

Posted on July 23rd, 2013 by

On Monday evening a Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to New York touched down at LaGuardia. Then the sparks flew. The nose gear collapsed on roll-out, the airplane skidded to a stop, and all hell did not break loose. I... Continue Reading →

The AirVenture effect

Posted on July 16th, 2013 by

On a bright and beautiful central Florida morning, my phone rings. Steve McCaughey of the Seaplane Pilots Association is on the other end, upbeat and chipper as ever. Since we both live in the same town and have a common... Continue Reading →

The high cost of pointless reporting

Posted on July 9th, 2013 by

On Sunday, July 7, an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul crashed on the runway at San Francisco International Airport. The airplane impacted just short of the threshold, causing substantial damage to the airframe. The tail departed the fuselage before the... Continue Reading →

Declare your independence: Fly cheap

Posted on July 4th, 2013 by

There are two kinds of GA pilots in the world. The first group is the experienced pilot who wants to continue flying as often and for as many years as possible. A major deterrent to meeting that goal is cost.... Continue Reading →

It’s all about we

Posted on June 25th, 2013 by

The conundrum of the GA industry is daunting. Solutions abound, but many of the players are not paying attention to their peers. In fact, many of the players are openly — and counter-productively — competing with their peers under the... Continue Reading →

Critical thinking

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by

There is a important difference between critical thinking and being critical. Knowing that difference can be the deciding factor in whether you are successful at affecting change or become an ineffectual aggravating irritant. Now that I have your attention…it will... Continue Reading →

Beyond the bumper sticker

Posted on June 10th, 2013 by

Periodically my eye is drawn to a bumper sticker while I’m out driving. Many are aviation oriented — or at least many of the stickers I see are. The slogans are familiar to you as well, I’m sure: “I’d rather... Continue Reading →

The real reason airports matter

Posted on June 4th, 2013 by

Stewart Beckett Sr. was born into a different world than the one you and I live in. He came into being in 1898 not far from St. Petersburg, Florida. The family wasn’t wealthy, but they were reasonably well off. Which... Continue Reading →

Santa Monica stumbles…again

Posted on May 29th, 2013 by

Earlier this month the city council of Santa Monica, California, decided to strike a blow for economic parity by instituting landing fees at the airport. As a former city commissioner of a small city that owns an airport, I can... Continue Reading →