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The great Northwest

I don’t get to the northwestern corner of the country as often as I’d like. For an outdoorsman like me, it’s just above heaven. In close proximity you’ll find jagged mountains, high deserts, stunning river gorges, and pristine forests. But of course, the biggest draw in the Northwest has to be the people. I was […] Read More

August 22, 2014

Reimagining how we fly

If there’s one thing AOPA members would like to change about general aviation, it’s the cost of flying. That’s why AOPA is conducting an experiment over the coming months—one that I believe will demonstrate that it’s possible to lower the cost of flying to a point that many more people can afford. We call our […] Read More

July 25, 2014

The Administrator comes to Frederick

Today, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta spent several hours visiting AOPA headquarters in Maryland. It was the first time in many years that an FAA administrator has paid us a visit in Frederick, and I think it’s a great sign of Administrator Huerta’s interest in the GA community. The visit was a chance for the Administrator […] Read More

July 17, 2014

Another great get together

Every community has its own character—that’s one of the truly enjoyable things about travel, discovering the differences and similarities among people and places. Airports, too, have personalities. And that has made each of this year’s AOPA Fly-Ins a special experience. This past weekend, we were in Plymouth, Massachusetts, a very different setting from our previous […] Read More

July 14, 2014

The promise of change

A couple of weeks back, I sat down one-on-one with the head of Customs and Border Protection, Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. He made it clear from the first moment of our meeting that he was not only aware of the pilot community’s frustration with the unwarranted stops and searches of general aviation pilots, but also that […] Read More

May 28, 2014