December 1, 2011
By Thomas A. Horne & Dave Hirschman
Editor at Large Tom Horne and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman have a lot of things in common: lots of ratings, lots of experience in lots of airplane models—and lots of opinions (as well as similar haircuts). We last turned them loose on the topic of NDB approaches (see “Dogfight: NDB Approaches,” November 2011 AOPA Pilot) and the response to two different schools of thought on this topic garnered interesting opinions from a large number of readers (follow “Dogfight” on AOPA Online). However, this month the two veteran aviation writers put down their dueling pens and—in the spirit of the season—agreed to focus on what they both appreciate about general aviation.—Ed.
This month, in the spirit of the holidays, we’re putting aside our petty grievances and stating our shared positions on some of the aviation issues about which we enthusiastically agree.
Air traffic controllers on the West Coast seem both happier and more accommodating than those on the East Coast.
International GA flying makes pilots appreciate the freedoms we too often take for granted in the United States.
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FAA Information and Services,
Safety and Education,
Pilot Training and Certification
A touch of history, affordable flying, unique sightseeing, a good meal, and a community of pilots: Isn’t that what general aviation is all about?
Getting the job done on the local and national levels requires long-term planning, a hands-on approach, and keeping the effort moving, said Sean Collins, AOPA’s Eastern regional manager.
Google Senior Vice President Robert Alan Eustace, a 25-year pilot with multiple ratings, has taken the world record for the highest parachute jump, soaring above the mark set by Red Bull-sponsored Felix Baumgartner. You might be able to take the same ride in 2016, for a price.
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