The show must go on

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by

GUEST EDITORIAL By PHILIP HANDLEMAN Sequestration is forcing the Pentagon to slash $41 billion this year on top of the $487 billion reduction in defense spending already mandated over the next 10 years. Resultantly, a cruel triage within the Defense... Continue Reading →

The new FAA: Nimble

Posted on June 11th, 2013 by

[Start sarcasm]: The FAA has seen the light. With its budget challenged by sequestration, FAA brass came up with a “pay for play” program to extort — er… I mean bill — the nation’s fly-ins for traffic control. This is a great thing. Continue Reading →

Apparently we do need this tower

Posted on May 13th, 2013 by

The “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013” (H.R. 1765) was introduced on Friday, April 26, by Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa). It was signed by President Obama on Wednesday, May 1. You see, Congress and the President can get things done…when they want... Continue Reading →

An open letter to the FAA administrator: How can we help?

Posted on May 2nd, 2013 by

A third-class medical exemption for pilots operating four-seat, 180-hp (or less) aircraft in daytime, VFR conditions probably is not a high priority item for FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Can you really blame him? But it is to me, and no... Continue Reading →

30,000 drones by 2020

Posted on May 2nd, 2013 by

“Integrating drones with existing aviation,” tops the list of concerns and analysis in a National Center for Policy Analysis report released in March. Continue Reading →

Do we need this control tower?

Posted on April 4th, 2013 by

There is a lot of chatter about the pending tower closures. Yet I don’t hear anyone asking, “Do we need this control tower?” Continue Reading →

BenSclair

The 11-year itch…scratched

Posted on March 21st, 2013 by

When I left for the office on a recent Friday, my oldest daughter, 13-year-old Savannah, gave me an extra tight hug. She knew I would be out at Pierce County Airport (PLU) in the late morning to regain my currency... Continue Reading →

Double lung transplant survivor earns Private

Posted on March 12th, 2013 by

“Well, I am now a real private pilot, as of yesterday,” noted an email I received this morning from Jennifer Julian. If you don’t recall, I wrote about Jennifer last May. She survived a double lung transplant, earned her 3rd class medical, and... Continue Reading →

N6ZQ follows in N5ZQ footsteps

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by

I met Bill Harrelson at the 2009 Copperstate Fly-In. Bill, an efficiency expert, sent me an email detailing the nearly non-stop flight home (Arizona to Virginia) in N5ZQ, a Lancair 320. That was more than three years and one N-number... Continue Reading →

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 →