Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Who's saving general aviation? GA pilots and the media

In southwest Virginia, the nasty media piles on. (You get sarcasm, right?)

It elevates the do-it-yourselfer to new heights in every sense of the word. To hear Scott Freeman of Marion tell it, if you can read and follow instructions, you can build and fly your own airplane.

Of course, the Federal Aviation Administration has a thing or two to say about it, but that’s just a detail. Hammer down 15,000 rivets and you’re all about details and one more isn’t an issue.

But that’s putting the rudder ahead the prop in a story that began when Scott decided he wanted to fly. “I was always interested in flying,” he said. “I wanted to be in the military, but I had corrected vision,” a disqualifier of would-be fighting fliers.

Read more in the Smyth County News. And, yeah, one can argue that it's not CNN or the New York Times or any of a host of other big media, but when it comes time to close down your local airport, it's usually local people who do it.

Congratulations to all involved in this article for being proactive!

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