Inherently international

Posted on December 5th, 2012 by

It started with Louis Bleriot in 1909. Bleriot, who was essentially an engineer and an auto parts manufacturer, had been interested in aviation for nearly a decade. His fascination with flight nagged at him until he designed his own airplane,... Continue Reading →

The potential of potential

Posted on November 28th, 2012 by

Believe it or not, even the most complex things can ultimately be broken down to a remarkably simple origin. Take your house, for example. While it may seem somewhat ordinary to you, a person who lived in an earlier time... Continue Reading →


The lure of the $10 hamburger

Posted on November 19th, 2012 by

No, I did not leave a zero off in the title to this piece. Although general aviators have long joked about the lure of the $100 hamburger, I think it is time we downsized, right-sized, and economized our way into... Continue Reading →


General aviation is awesome

Posted on November 6th, 2012 by

Hurricane Sandy made a mess of the northeast last week. More than 20 states were lambasted by wind and rain, while snow piled up in West Virginia. From Georgia to Maine, weather that nobody was happy to see came their... Continue Reading →


Don’t reinvent the wheel

Posted on October 29th, 2012 by

In the great pantheon of mottos there may be none more pertinent than this: Don’t reinvent the wheel. It’s short. It’s pithy. It’s easy to remember. Maybe best of all, it’s true. So with that in mind, I will make... Continue Reading →


Happenstance — Go get some

Posted on October 23rd, 2012 by

I was having lunch last week with a woman who works in the tourism industry. Here in Florida, tourism is a big deal, and so we have folks in the private sector, and the public sector, who are dedicated to... Continue Reading →


GAN’s own Jamie Beckett wins AOPA’s Let’s Go Flying Award

Posted on October 11th, 2012 by

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has named Jamie Beckett, our Politics for Pilots blogger, recipient of its 2012 Let’s Go Flying Award, for his efforts in promoting and defending general aviation. The award was presented Thursday during the... Continue Reading →


The race to euthanasia

Posted on October 9th, 2012 by

I received an email over the weekend that stunned me. I don’t use that term lightly, either. I was truly shocked. The opening sentence read, “The fact is GA is just about done for.” Continue Reading →


Stand back, Jack

Posted on October 2nd, 2012 by

It goes without saying, of course, but every now and then it’s a good idea to stand down, relax, maybe even take a nap. No matter what you’re working on, or how important you perceive it to be, there is... Continue Reading →


Be persistent, but be there

Posted on September 25th, 2012 by

Someone asked me recently what I would say if asked for advice about how to be a good advocate for general aviation. The answer is simple — and it doesn’t matter if the advocacy you intend to do is on... Continue Reading →