I first read Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING as a teenager, and I’ve read it a few more times since. Positive thinking works. I have tried to instill its principles in my children, grandchildren and friends.
For those of us living in the real world, there is certainly a lot to be concerned about and we can’t change much of that alone but brought down to our own, much smaller world, closer to home, there is a lot we can do with a positive attitude and a little bit of deliberate effort. It feels good to make a difference. I think it’s a responsibility!
So, if you will join me in the coming year, I have some suggestions about how we can make a difference in General Aviation in 2015:
There are already some signs of better times in the industry press, so lets put together a plan and follow through with it… starting with a positive attitude!
There is a very real possibility that the a Driver’s License Medical NPRM will surface during the first quarter. During the customary comment period, we need to put together some very good input for FAA. Watch the AOPA website for guidance and do all you can to help with that effort.
Familiarize yourself with AOPA’s “Rusty Pilots” initiative. There are lots of us who are rusty, including me, and we can get back in the air easier than you think. Learn about this and spread the word to your friends… take them with you when you go to the airport and just “hang out”. We need to resurrect some old “airport bums” and restore that great camaraderie at the airport. And… most impromptu invitations to “go flying” occur in the lobby at the airport.
Look for local airport events like breakfasts and fly-ins and go to them. These things aren’t expensive and you will have a great time. Don’t just go once and don’t just go to one!
In an earlier blog I pointed out the importance of making sure we are voting for people at the local, state and national level that support general aviation. With that in mind, we need to cultivate those relationships as well as those that may not yet be in our corner. Make sure your airport in “engaged” in your community. Get youngsters involved at your airport and promote aviation education. Be a catalyst for airport events that support local non-profit organizations, attend local government meetings, have an airport reception for your locally elected state officials and come up with other unique ideas to get everyone thinking positively about your airport and general aviation. Invite your friends expand their lives by learning to fly.
One more, really important thing… make it a personal goal to get a new or renewed AOPA member every month during the coming year! There’s strength in numbers.
If we each will do some of these things we will make a real difference and we will feel good about ourselves too. HAPPY NEW YEAR!