The lunch summit

Posted on September 12th, 2012 by

Believe it or not, I am not universally loved and admired. None of us are, really, so I’m sure you’re not exactly bowled over by this admission. But once you step into the political arena, you more or less guarantee... Continue Reading →


Building a bigger tent

Posted on September 4th, 2012 by

With the Republican convention only days behind us, and the Democratic convention going on this week, this is the obvious opportunity to take a lesson from their play books. Because whether you subscribe to this one or that one, you... Continue Reading →


The diamond effect

Posted on August 27th, 2012 by

Baseball is a very simple game. As has been said so often, you throw the ball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball. That’s pretty much it. Except for the head work, of course. Anyone who has ever played... Continue Reading →


The high cost of pinching pennies

Posted on August 22nd, 2012 by

Everybody loves a bargain. I know I do. Heck, I may be the cheapest guy you’ll ever meet. But there is a cost associated with saving a dollar or two – and the general aviation crowd may not notice how... Continue Reading →


Cannibalism: A cautionary tale

Posted on August 13th, 2012 by

You can consider this post to be a cautionary tale, told in advance of things getting really, truly ugly. I hope you’ll read it carefully, take it seriously, and take it as the motivational tool it is intended to be.... Continue Reading →


Going back to school gets specialized

Posted on August 8th, 2012 by

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport may not be a name that trips off the tongue particularly well. But maybe it should be. Because word has leaked out of the high security vault in that corner of the Florida panhandle that... Continue Reading →



Posted on August 2nd, 2012 by

In the old days, the word “Contact!” was central to the process of getting things going. The pilot yelled  “Contact!” The mechanic then responded in kind while laying hands on the prop. Seconds later, after a grunt, a flip of... Continue Reading →

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Lessons from the Cub

Posted on July 25th, 2012 by

There was a particularly compelling event at AirVenture this year. One I wish I had been there to see. Sadly, I was unable to attend. But that puts me in the same boat with many thousands of aviation enthusiasts. I... Continue Reading →


How to fill a hangar

Posted on July 17th, 2012 by

How can your airport fill up its empty hangars? Perhaps the most effective method would be to send a pilot or two into the local middle schools and high schools to tell a few stories, pop a slideshow up on... Continue Reading →


Back ups, understudies, and substitutes

Posted on July 11th, 2012 by

Politics shares at least a little bit with baseball — at least in the sense that to get something done politically, you’ll occasionally need to rely on your backup. You see this in the theater, as well. Eventually you’ll find... Continue Reading →