As I’m sure you have noticed, it has been a while since I last posted. I’d like to say I was busy flying or working, but truthfully, I’ve not been that busy and I haven’t flown in a while. The real reason behind this conspicuous silence is dissatisfaction. I’ve always strived to deliver the best content possible, but I just didn’t feel like I was doing my best. So, I took some time of to reconsider what I’m doing here.
To that end, over the next little bit I’m going to be making some changes. I’ve not yet fully developed my plan for the future, but I can say that I am excited for what it brings. While I might change the look of the site, I’m definitely changing the content. I’ve been thinking about what I’d really like to be publishing and that is what I’m going to do. Also, I’m going to start utilizing certain resources better and introducing some new things. I will go into more details later, but for now I have a few things that I’d like to pass along.
Flying with guns
I’m sure that most of you aren’t aware that I enjoy sport shooting, skeet in particular. While I live in an area rich with great locations for shooting of almost any type, some of you may not be so lucky. Similarly, you may wish to connect with some of your distant friends or relatives to do some shooting. In these cases, you might have the fortune of flying to your destination.
I was recently contacted by the owner of LuckyGunner regarding a resource they had put together and asked to offer some feedback. I think it is a great resource for general aviation pilots that are considering flying with guns and ammo. For some, such as Alaskan bush pilots, every flight includes a firearm, but this guide is designed for the less experienced and offers a great overview of issues–even some you might not have considered. The video below hits some high points, for more details, head over to LuckyGunner and check it out.
An exciting new initiative
There is a growing group of innovators that are looking to fix the 80% dropout rate and invigorate aviation. Since the entire initiative hinges on providing access, they are calling themselves the Aviation Access Project. The gist of the initiative is to create a system of flight centers that offer fractional ownership opportunities. The end goal is making aircraft ownership so affordable that it becomes an asset in fixing the ludicrously high dropout rates. I think this seems like a great initiative and I look forward to seeing it develop further.
I recommend you follow them on one of their social media profiles, such as Facebook, as they are making a lot of movement toward opening some of the first flight centers and you really need to be following this grassroots initiative. Especially if you’re interested in fractional ownership of a great LSA or you’re looking for a way to own something affordably. A lot of the group is based in the northern-Alabama/mid-Tennessee region, but I think you’ll find they are interested in working with you to get something started wherever you are. I’ve had a number of conversations with the president of the group and it is amazing how far they’ve come in just a few short months.
I really like their tagline: “Own the Passion of Flying!” as I think it sums up their initiative quite well. I also really like that the social aspect of aviation is a crucial part of their plan. I don’t really think anything that doesn’t create a “family” atmosphere is going to fix the problems facing aviation and flight training in particular. Thankfully, Aviation Access Project is a multipart initiative that will create a highly social network of flight centers offering very affordable ownership options with flight training rolled in. By the way, I didn’t select that picture at random, it is the Bristell NG 5 LSA and based on some hints on the AAP Facebook page, I think you’ll find it playing a crucial role in this initiative. Frankly, I can’t think of a better aircraft, because the NG5 is one capable machine.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today. Enjoy your weekend, get out and fly if you can. Feel free to comment, email, etc. with anything you’d like to see with regard to new content or new formats (e.g., video, audio, etc.). Also, definitely go check out the Aviation Access Project, I’m sure it will be worth your time.