A five, or seven, year ‘loophole’… some context

Posted on February 26th, 2013 by

President Obama has called for changing the depreciation schedule for newly aquired non-commercial aircraft from five to seven years. Jay Carney, the president’s press secretary calls the current two-year schedule difference a special tax loophole.  As you might imagine, this... Continue Reading →


Context is hard to find when the numbers are this big

Posted on February 24th, 2013 by

We are all encouraged to “Write Congress” to support [fill in the cause here] from time to time. Often, the intention of the person seeking help is honorable. A post I just read on the Facebook page of Kyle Franklin... Continue Reading →

Lessons from the NFL

Posted on February 3rd, 2013 by

A few days before the Seattle Seahawks played the Washington Redskins in the Wild Card round of the National Football League playoffs, General Aviation News columnist, and nearly Washington D.C. resident Charles Spence emailed me to poke a little fun... Continue Reading →


Props for the prop

Posted on January 22nd, 2013 by

This time of year I find myself doing a lot of intro flights. The first question people ask is, “is it safe?” I reply that I’m more concerned about my safety driving to the airport than I am in the... Continue Reading →

Time and talent

Posted on December 17th, 2012 by

The church my family attends makes available to all comers a time and talent sign-up form. Our church, like most churches, has far more needs, and desires, than the paid staff can, or should, reasonably accomplish. As a result, we’ve... Continue Reading →


The other side of Summit

Posted on December 4th, 2012 by

Picture this: 80 airplanes, more than 400 booths, and hours of seminars in beautiful Palm Springs, Calif. That pretty much sums up this year’s Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Aviation Summit. In the more than 10 years I have been... Continue Reading →

By the numbers

Posted on October 21st, 2012 by

We all have a lot of numbers thrown at us every day. A few numbers I’ve heard in the last few weeks are worrying, but I’ve also heard some numbers that give me hope. From Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association... Continue Reading →


Join the club

Posted on October 16th, 2012 by

The subject of flying clubs and their relative merit has taken up space in this column before. I’m a believer. The idea of spreading the cost of ownership across eight or 10 or 12 partners in a flying club makes... Continue Reading →

Compatible use

Posted on October 9th, 2012 by

Recently my wife, kids, Mom and I all flew to Des Moines, Iowa, for the wedding of one of my cousins. While in Des Moines, we drove east to Newton to see where my Mom grew up. On our way... Continue Reading →


The saviors of general aviation

Posted on September 6th, 2012 by

Guest Editorial By MITCH LATTING and JOLIE LUCAS Recently a critic of ours said that we “fly around the country acting like they are the saviors of general aviation.” As we thought about this criticism, we had to admit there... Continue Reading →