Humans have dreamed of flight for hundreds — if not thousands — of years. And today is no different from centuries ago. Want proof? BBC Culture’s Fiona Macdonald wrote a marvelous story about the making of the book, “Aeronautics in the Backyard.” [Read more…]
To say my “Don’t Cry for Santa Monica” column struck a chord would be an understatement.
Sadly, I fear it struck the wrong chord. (And, for the record, I support the efforts of the National Business Aviation Association and others as they continue to fight SMO’s closure.)
A sampling of comments taking me to task… [Read more…]
Who wouldn’t like to get a little more power from their engine? A recent Ask Paul (aka Mr. Lycoming) column was a response to a reader wanting to know how he could coax a “tad more power” from a “150-hp, narrow-deck O-320”.
Which should we strive for? Perfection or Better Performance? The question was the result of reading Matt Zuccaro’s recent column, “Zero Accidents: Yes, We Can.”
Matt is the president of the Helicopter Association International. He’s also not afraid to say what’s on his mind.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at Matt’s opening paragraph: “Call me crazy, call me insane — I don’t care. I truly believe we can achieve zero accidents in the helicopter industry. Maybe not tomorrow, not in the next few years, or not even in my lifetime. But ultimately we can and will accomplish this goal.” [Read more…]
As I was reading coverage of the announcement that Santa Monica’s airport is to be closed on Dec. 31, 2028, I couldn’t help but shake my head. Yes, I’m sad. But reading the FAA Administrator’s comments provides a blueprint for opportunity.
When commenting on the agreement, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said, “This is a fair resolution for all concerned because it strikes an appropriate balance between the public’s interest in making local decisions about land use practices and its interests in safe and efficient aviation services.” [Read more…]
In many ways, the Earth is a large place. Yet in other ways, not so much.
When it comes to aviation, the world shrinks. You either look skyward longingly, or you don’t. Those of us who do share a bond and joy the vast majority of our fellow earthbound neighbors don’t, and won’t. That’s sad. [Read more…]
I have to admit, I’ve had a sneaking suspicion I was an idiot for some time now. Maybe I should join IA (Idiots Anonymous). “Hi. My name is Ben and I’m an idiot.”
What would make me admit such a thing? The comment section of this very website, of course. The NTSB Accident Reports we republish are among the most viewed content on the website. They also produce a good number of comments.
Stories are all around us. All we have to do is look. Sometimes it is as simple as opening an envelope. You remember what an envelope is, don’t you?
I open all the mail General Aviation News receives. Makes sense, since I’m the only one who picks up the mail. On the back of a recent subscription renewal was a hand-written note from Sanford Orenstein in Florida. His story is worth sharing. Enjoy. [Read more…]
“Let us be the solution to your New Year’s Resolution” was printed on the backside of a postcard I received in the mail. Huh? What resolution?
After reading the other side of the postcard, apparently my 2017 resolution is to be an underpaid professional pilot. [Read more…]