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It’s a people thing…

Posted on January 21st, 2013 by

It’s long been my contention that people are the magnet that makes airshows and aviation gatherings worth attending — not the aircraft themselves. Admittedly, I am in the minority with that opinion, but the idea seems to be re-enforced for... Continue Reading →

Is this an airport?

Posted on January 14th, 2013 by

According to the US Department of Transportation, the US and its territories have more than 19,000 airport, heliports, seaplane bases, and other landing facilities. That’s a lot of aviation. Or at least it’s a lot of potential aviation. Continue Reading →

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Respect for the seldom celebrated man

Posted on January 9th, 2013 by

The odds are good you’ve never heard of Lon Cooper. There’s no reason you would have, really. But you should have. We all should have. At least we should have if life is fair, which it is not. Continue Reading →

To the Expo we will go

Posted on January 3rd, 2013 by

Two weeks from now the US Sport Aviation Expo will be kicking off in Sebring, Florida. Unlike most aviation gatherings, the Expo is not a traditional airshow or fly-in. Continue Reading →

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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →