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Nashville

Posted by in Travel

Nashville brings to mind country music and the Grand Ol’ Opry, but it’s also home to classic Greek architecture, Vanderbilt University, and some of the country’s finest barbeque. I just got back from a quick trip to the “Athens of the South” and really loved it.

Fueling the GA Economy

Posted by in Economy/Finance

Have you ever wondered why aviation fuel prices can vary by 50% or more between airports — even ones located just a few miles from each other? EAA’s Mac McClellan thinks it’s because big FBOs provide lots of services and we must pay for them via higher fuel prices. I take a differing view.

World Cup Trip

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Just as London had the spotlight two summers ago, now it’s Brazil’s turn. Another trip to Salvador de Bahia recently landed on my plate, and this time it came with a ticket to a World Cup match! If only I knew more about soccer. Actually, if only I knew anything about soccer…

The Hacked Airplane

Posted by in Opinion Leaders, Technology

For better or worse, the relentless march of technology means we’re more connected than ever, in more places than ever. For the most part that’s good. We benefit from improving communication, situational awareness, and reduced pilot workload in the cockpit. But there’s a dark side to digital connectivity, and in an era of internet-connected refrigerators, toilets, and a/c systems, I predict it’s only a matter of time before we start to see it in our airborne lives.

User Fees for All

Posted by in Car and Driver, Economy/Finance

User fees for general aviation have been proposed — and rejected — over and over again for nearly two decades. Today something new is in the works: the Federal government has decided to start with the highways instead. It makes me a bit nervous, and I can’t help but wonder whether GA will be able to make the case against those fees after the “freeway” moniker has been fully transformed into a sad anachronism.