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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 >>

Pilot Paths: Aerial Survey Pilot

, December 30th, 2008

When you think of a "commercial pilot", the image that most people think of is a professional pilot who flies for one of the major airlines.  However the truth is, that when you become a pilot and obtain your FAA commercial pilot certificate, you open a door to many pro pilot careers; a career such as working as an aerial survey pilot. Read More >>

Professional Pilot Path: Corporate Pilot

, December 12th, 2008

Hi!  This is my first post here at AOPA's Let's Go Flying blog and I thought I would start with a simple introduction.

Where to start?  Well, my name is Paul and I am a flight instructor and corporate pilot from Dayton, Ohio.  I am 30 years old and started flying when I was 18, which gives me 12 wonderful years of flying professionally.  As my AOPA biography states, I have been very fortunate, in those 12 years, to try on many different pilot "hats" while working in many different fields of the aviation industry. Some may call that job hopping, I call it experience :). Read More >>

LSA Review: Flight Design– Room with a View

, November 25th, 2008

Flight Design did not become the best-selling light sport aircraft in the country by being the best looking kid on the block. In fact, the FD is more like that nerdy guy in high school who got straight As and was still the most popular kid at the parties. In other words, looks are deceiving. It is more than just a solid performing aircraft. Despite its funny looking design it has won this low-wing guy over. Read More >>

Don’t Panic

, August 22nd, 2008

Everyone is nervous about the recent downturn in the airline industry. Airlines are seeing furloughs, layoffs, and slow downs in operations. It all sounds very frightening; and for some people (those being furloughed and laid off) it’s down right depressing.

The industry is in self-preservation mode. It may seem dire, but the tough decisions CEO’s are making right now will likely save more jobs than the numbers that were lost in the process. Airlines can simply operate themselves into bankruptcy, unless things change.