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
Naivety. Believe it or not, can be an invaluable tool for entrepreneurs. If you were to ask anyone who has started a business to recount the highs and lows of their first few years, I’m sure many would state, “If I knew it was going to be this hard, I wouldn’t have done it.” This is true regardless of how well one researched and executed their business plan. I’m not a psychologist but healthy levels of naivety might actually protect us from our fears and help drive us forward. Continue reading Airport Self Sustainability
9/11…Just the mention of those three numbers will trigger a flood of memories. You can recall that morning like it was yesterday. You knew exactly where you stood in this world, what you were doing in your career, and had a very good grasp as for the life you were going to live. But later that same day, what you thought you knew, was no more. To say the world changed that morning is a misnomer. It triggered a paradigm shift for which the rest of history will forever be tied.
Attention all readers of HangarSphere magazine and blog. Be sure to add your input to the national dialogue regarding the rules as to what you can keep in your rented and privately owned hangar at airports that accept Federal funding and must abide by their grant assurances.
Under current rules, non-aviation items are not permitted in your hangar. Although written, these rules have been ignored by airport authorities, managers, and tenants and for good reason. This particular rule makes no sense and only a few cases of outlandish abuse have taken place. If enforced, this means your bicycle used to get to your friends hangar three hangar alleys over, your golf cart outfitted as a tug, and even your American Flag must be removed from your hangar. This will affect corporate flight departments, FBOs, T-hangar renters, and even private hangars built on leased airport land. For more in-depth information, please read this blog post.
Here is the link for you to add your input. http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FAA-2014-0463-0538 You have until September 5th!
If we followed the rules governing airport usage, funding, and compliance word-for-word, I guarantee you that every single hangar owner (and airport sponsor for that matter) would be in violation and expose their airports to the potential risk of losing their Federal grant funding for what is being stored in hangars built on land assigned as Aeronautical Use. If you are asking the question, “how does what I’m storing in my privately owned or rented hangar affect how my airport qualifies for Federal funding?” then you’ll be surprised at the answer.
Continue reading Hangar Owners vs. FAA – Let’s just avoid this scenario entirely