The House of Rapp

Battling the Hydra

Posted by in Politics

General aviation desperately needs stability. Instead, we are faced with a governmental Lernaean Hydra, an organism essentially at war with itself. One part of this mythic creature offers us reduced regulation and cost, while the other threatens to smash whole segments of the GA ecosystem into oblivion. This is NOT government of, by, or for the people.

The Journey of a Thousand Miles

Posted by in Opinion Leaders, Politics

AOPA and EAA suggested a slight expansion of the sport pilot medical exemption. Congress got a hold of that idea and took it to the next level, and is considering eliminating formal medical certification for most private pilots. Is this too good to be true? How did we get here? And what does it mean for GA’s future?

Fighting Back at SMO

Posted by in Aviation, Politics

The Santa Monica city council has set a new low with their recent shellacking of the airport. It’s time to stop playing nice and start communicating with them in a language they can clearly understand.

FAA Tower Closures

Posted by in Aviation, Politics, Safety

The FAA’s proposed tower closure list hits Southern California airports particularly hard. Let’s look at some numbers and see if this makes sense.

Those Fat Cats

Posted by in Aviation, Economy/Finance, Politics

If anyone should understand the importance of “the rich” to the aviation sector, you’d think it would be someone who’s involved in business aviation. Sadly, it seems those with money are a target for just about everyone these days.