Hope for the new year

Posted on January 1st, 2013 by

I recently had the good fortune to sit around a rather large table with a group of aviation believers. These are people who know aviation, have faith in it, and understand its importance to the economy of our nation and... Continue Reading →

Golden opportunities and bitter pills

Posted on December 19th, 2012 by

Participating in politics is, in essence, an exercise in dealing with people. The goal is to establish a method of governing or providing management services. But in the end it all comes down to developing and utilizing your ability to... Continue Reading →


Rectifying past mistakes

Posted on December 12th, 2012 by

Everything is not necessarily as it seems. That’s true in political endeavors more often than we might want to believe. A case of mistaken assumptions was recently uncovered at my home airport. Perhaps you will find the story beneficial to... Continue Reading →


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 →