Archive for March, 2008

To the challenger

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Flew up to Windsor Locks, Connecticut’s Bradley International last week—to fly the Challenger 605. After a particularly bad recent airline experience, I was determined to fly Tom Haines’s A36 Bonanza to BDL. Got up at 4 a.m. for the briefing and guess what—icing Airmets from the surface to FL180.

Aviation under attack

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

We’re under attack, fellow aviators. The airlines would like to see general aviation in the United States taxed and user-fee’d out of existence and some environmentalists would like to see all of aviation dramatically reduced.

As you’ve may have read in AOPA Pilot, the airlines have supported in Congress that GA ought to be charged exhorbitant user fees. Of course, the fear is that any user fee on any segment of GA means… (more…)