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A private pilot, founder of Hopscotch Air, attorney and former news anchor shares his take on aviation news. About AndrewS

An Oldie But Goodie: “Runway Zero-Eight”, the Original Airplane!

March 20th, 2009

Long before the outrageous airline disaster movie-farce Airplane! had audiences rolling in the theaters laughing, there was the over-the-top serious thriller that inspired it.  A friend and collegue mailed me  Arthur Hailey's Runway Zero-Eight to read.  Hailey wrote a series of airplane disaster books, including Airport, which inspired the movie series. Read More >>

LSAs Bucking the Trend– Upward

February 17th, 2009

There are few bright spots in the aviation world.  Cirrus, Cessna, Piper, Diamond, and the rest of the mainstream, standard category airplane makers are all announcing production and job cuts.

But not the LSA sector. True, the LSA industry is  a patch-work of family run companies that have revenue in line with the local deli.  But Dan Johnson is right to say Sebring and the LSA sector is a “welcome gift to the global aviation industry. Read More >>

It’s Warmer in Sebring: Light Sport Aviation Expo

January 26th, 2009

With another week of temperatures in the teens in New York, I figured there was little excuse not t o spend a few days in South Florida, especially since it involved airplanes. Read More >>

Let’s Not Forget the Co-Pilot and Flight Attendants

January 21st, 2009

My office window is along 10th Avenue in Mahattan-- which last Thursday put my and my co-workers in perfect view of something that looked quite out of place... a commercial airliner bobbing in the water.

By now, the story of the US Airways jet that took off from LGA, had an unfortunate encounter with some birds, and then a miracle landing on the Hudson River, is well known. Read More >>

Airline’s Loss Could Be GA’s Gain

January 12th, 2009

While there is growing concern and evidence that the general aviation industry is falling off a cliff, there is also evidence of a significant opportunity.  According to the New York Times, more and more small cities are losing airline travel.  You can read the article here. The result?  That small towns supported by tourists are feeling a harsh economic downtown. Read More >>

AOPA’s Cirrus Sweepstakes

December 29th, 2008

AOPA has announced that its 2009 "Let's go Flying"  sweepstakes winner will take home a 2005 Cirrus SR22.  Read here for the details.

I have long said the Cirrus is like Apple Computer.  Anyone who owns and loves Macs knows what I'm talking about. Cirrus builds innovative, great-looking products that push technology.  Cirrus blends form and functionality.  Read More >>

Backlash on CEOs Jet Use May Hurt Aviation Industry

December 22nd, 2008

Ok, it wasn’t so smart for the CEOs of the automakers to fly to Washington on their pricey corporate jets.  However, the subsequent backlash about the use of private aviation will end up doing what Congress is trying to avoid: cost jobs. Read More >>

A Spiffy LSA Lands on Long Island

December 22nd, 2008

Following up on my recent post on the Flight Design CT, we take a look at another light sport aircraft, the SportCruiser.

I ventured out to Mid Island Air at Brookhaven Airport (HWV) on Long Island, NY because it now offers the Sportcruiser. The Sportcruiser is one of several LSAs made in the Czech Republic, which is to LSAs like Milwaukee is to Beer. They make a lot of them.  Read More >>

LSA’s Sales Strong, VLJs Making Comeback?

December 15th, 2008

In the midst of the economic doldrums, which includes much of the aviation industry, two interesting pieces of news last week give hope to the pilot poluation.

The first comes from Light Sport guru, Dan Johnson.  For those who don't read Dan's blog, I highly recommend it.  Dan reports that LSA sales remain relatively strong, even as the general piston market slows (that's being kind).  Read More >>

Discovery Channel: What Happened to Steve Fossett?

December 2nd, 2008

Of the great aviation mysteries in the world there are two that, up until recently,  remained the most enduring: “What Happened to Amelia Earhardt” and “What Happened to Steve Fossett.”  Earhart is still missing.  The Fossett mystery has been solved. Read More >>