General aviation user fee civility

Posted on February 27th, 2012 by

User fees have reared their head in President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 proposed budget. Longtime General Aviation News columnist Charles Spence wrote about a letter 100 mayors sent to President Obama regarding the budget’s potential $100-per-flight fee. The comments that... Continue Reading →

NW Aviation Conference recap

Posted on February 26th, 2012 by

By Ben Sclair The Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show is a “home game” for us at General Aviation News. It is always great to see so many great friends in one place. Continue Reading →

Lead fuel usage not known to non-aviators

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 by

“Lead in paint has been a well known public health problem for decades and that product was banned decades ago. No news about that,” said John Ryan, a reporter for Seattle’s KUOW, when I asked why his story focused on... Continue Reading →

‘Crumbling paint a bigger threat’ than leaded avgas

Posted on January 30th, 2012 by

“More lead goes into the air here at Boeing Field than anywhere else in Washington state,” says KUOW’s John Ryan reporting from Ruby Chow Park under the flight path of Seattle’s Boeing Field (BFI). In his story on KUOW titled,... Continue Reading →

Connecting flights

Posted on December 21st, 2011 by

The end of the year is a time of reflection. As 2011 winds down, my family and I experienced an unreal 19-day stretch that put a great deal into perspective about life and aviation. Here’s a peek into a public... Continue Reading →

Paper charts still needed, but AeroNav is wrong

Posted on December 20th, 2011 by

Does anyone dispute the need for paper charts for pilots? I hope not. Likewise, there can be no doubt about the rapid rise of digital chart usage. More and more general aviation pilots (and airlines and flight departments for that... Continue Reading →

What’s wrong with user fees?

Posted on December 4th, 2011 by

The Oct. 7 issue of General Aviation News included several articles warning against the dire consequences of user fees being proposed by our federal government. In a letter to the editor, Kevin Mossey even made the astounding claim that we... Continue Reading →

50 years of safe flying

Posted on November 21st, 2011 by

Ohio’s Tom Root was awarded the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award in September. He applied for the award “based on a lifetime of single pilot/photographer with over 5,000 hours doing aerial photography.” Continue Reading →

Beijing’s first GA firm

Posted on October 26th, 2011 by

China Daily reported that the Beijing General Aviation Group (BGAG) has been co-founded by Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and Beihang University, in terms of capital ($15.7 million) and technologies, respectively. According to Wikipedia, BAIC is a state-owned automaker that manufactures... Continue Reading →

Healing continues for Reno survivor

Posted on October 19th, 2011 by

“He’s doing alright. Doing pretty good actually,” said Tracy, the wife of Reno Air Races crash survivor Larry Cruz. (I wrote about him Oct. 9). He is still in Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center but now has his new hook. Continue Reading →