Silence…………………………………………….. nothing but the hum of my Continental O-300 and the wind rushing over my windscreen as the Earth creeps up beneath my feet. Just at that tranquil moment where separation between earth and craft seems infinitesimally close, my ear discerns the whine of the stall horn and the seat of my pants feels the mains start to roll.
Just south of the EAA Fairgrounds, Fond du Lac Regional Airport just finished up a series of improvements that created shovel-ready plots for new hangar construction. The original plan was scheduled over a three-year timeline but because all the planning and funding were already in place, the entire project was completed over the course of approximately one year. Continue reading Pave It And They Will Come – Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
I’ve learned a lot from my father both personally and professionally. Having retired from UAL in 2002 after 37 years in the cockpit, I continue to enjoy listening to his stories relating to the Golden Age of Aviation, his numerous DC-8 charter flights to Vietnam, oil embargos, deregulation, hostile takeovers, Reagan’s firing of the air traffic controllers, pilot strikes, and the evolution from three-man cockpits and steam gauges to male/female crews of two and state-of-the-art “glass” avionics. But through all the stories and experiences he continues to share, there is one motif: The K.I.S.S Theory. Continue reading Part I: Aurora State Airport And The K.I.S.S Theory
The last four years have yielded a tremendous number of opportunities where I have had the opportunity to listen to frustrated hangar owners, airpark owners & developers, FBO managers, and even airport managers. The one frustration that could be considered a motif amongst these groups was their shared frustration with their Fire Marshal and building inspector who were overseeing their hangar development.
Every airpark is different. Some are in the middle of God’s country where each lot offers ten acres, the perfect blend of deciduous and coniferous trees, and sprawling estates. Others can be found in the middle of an urban jungle where the hangar homes are exquisitely designed into the surrounding canvas of concrete, steel, and glass. And then there’s the concept of “Cluster Developments” which presents a paradigm shift in how an airpark might be developed. Continue reading Discovery Trail Farm Airpark – An Olympic Paradigm Shift