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Pilot Mike Schupp of the Oakland/Southwest Airport in New Hudson, Mich., flies a 1961 Bonanza airplane. Schupp has been a pilot for almost 30 years, and his love of flying has convinced his son, Stefan, to become a pilot as well. The two men have made numerous trips together in their large, four-seater plane, making stops all over the state, as well as in Florida and further along the East Coast. Chris Bohm is the chief flight instructor for Oakland Flight Services, instructing individuals as young as 14 and over 80 in how to become pilots. He shows fledgling pilots how to fly as if other individuals were also on board, and he allows them to experience challenges before he takes over the controls. Bohm notes that a growing number of business executives are signing up for lessons. He says that up to 25 percent of the people who fly out of New Hudson airport employ their planes for commercial reasons. Mike Schupp is among those individuals, frequently utilizing his plane to travel to his job in Toledo, Ohio. The majority of the pilots in New Hudson are Airport Owners and Pilots Association members, who concentrate on creating a good working relationship with the region.

December 31, 2008

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