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Rich Suicidal Idiots

Posted on June 14th, 2012 by

GUEST EDITORIAL By THOMAS P. TURNER Rich, suicidal idiots — that’s what most people think about general aviation pilots. In many ways we bring these perceptions on ourselves. If we are to improve the public’s opinion of personal aviation, these... Continue Reading →

Government like (using) aircraft

Posted on June 7th, 2012 by

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) hired NEXA Advisors to produce at study titled, “Government Use of Aircraft: A Taxpayer Value Perspective.” Spoiler alert: government personnel, at all levels of government, like using aircraft to do their job and find value... Continue Reading →

Do something

Posted on June 7th, 2012 by

We donated a gift subscription to the Friends of Oceano Airport (FOA) for their May 12 Oceano Airport Celebration silent auction. In today’s mail I received a thank you letter from FOA organizers, Mitch Latting and Jolie Lucas. From the letter, “we’ve... Continue Reading →

Drones getting easier to fly in U.S.

Posted on June 5th, 2012 by

A May 31 story by Sarah Childress on the Frontline website is titled, “It’s Getting Easier to Fly Drones in the U.S.” The story links to a few videos posted by the Mesa (Arizona) County Sheriff’s Office showing how they... Continue Reading →

Jason, John and Dean Boyd

Saying goodbye to a mentor

Posted on May 20th, 2012 by

I was sitting in the terminal building in Orlando on my way home from SUN ’n FUN when my cell phone rang. “Meg, this is Peggy Boyd…” she began. Peggy is the wife of Dean Boyd, my friend and aviation mentor... Continue Reading →

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Wanna go for a ride?

Posted on May 17th, 2012 by

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Whenever someone asks…”Do you wanna go for a ride?”… I hope your default answer is yes. AeroMark‘s Thomas Hoff grabbed my elbow, pointed at Addison Pemberton’s Boeing Model 40C on his ramp and asked, “You wanna... Continue Reading →

The seven recipients of the Master Pilot Award at Sun ’n Fun: Richard Farmer, LeRoy Brown, James Ray, Walter Schamel, Rock Rockcastle, John Leidenheimer, and Martin Sobel.

Much ado about nothing

Posted on May 13th, 2012 by

LeRoy Brown should hate me, but he doesn’t. He should at least be mad at me, but he isn’t ­— and for that I’m eternally grateful. You see, I met LeRoy in the worst of circumstances for an editor. We... Continue Reading →

Maryland and Chicago TFRs carry tough words

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 by

If you plan to fly anywhere near Thurmont, Maryland (May 18-19) or Chicago (May 19-21) be very careful. Thurmont is playing host to a G-8 Summit while a NATO Summit will be Chicago. Flight Advisory’s for Thurmont and Chicago events... Continue Reading →

Jennifer Julian

Charmed lives are chosen

Posted on April 30th, 2012 by

Our choices can lead us to amazing destinations…or nowhere. “This kind of flying,” was Bill Langdon’s answer to my asking, “What kind of flying do you mostly do?” We’d just lifted off from the back country mountain strip at the... Continue Reading →

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‘FIFI’ dustup leaves more questions

Posted on April 25th, 2012 by

The truth is out there… somewhere. Last week, a proposed amendment to the House’s National Defense Authorization Act caused a bit of a firestorm. The proposed amendment from Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) would “bar the Department of Defense from loaning or gifting... Continue Reading →