Editor's Briefing

2019 Optimism

Each month my local aero club, the Wichita Aero Club (WAC), hosts a luncheon where dozens of industry professionals, pilots and city leaders congregate to foster and promote aviation, both locally and nationally. I have attended a number of these luncheons over the past few years and find it to be a fantastic networking and Read More

A New Year

Happy New Year!  2018 will always remain special to me, as it was the year I joined this publication. Over the past year, I have expressed to numerous people this is the dream job that I did not realize I wanted. I am fortunate for the experiences and people in my life that led me Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Owner-Family

In October, I had the privilege of attending the Citation Jet Pilots (CJP) convention in San Antonio, Texas. Each year, the multi-day event offers a full schedule of seminars, exhibitors and speakers surrounding Citation ownership. Though familiar with aircraft owner’s groups, I had yet to attend a convention and looked forward to better understanding the Read More

From a J3 to T&T

In my introductory Editor’s Briefing in June, I mentioned that my flight training was “unconventional.” I attribute that description to several factors, but the most notable of them was this: I had no intention of learning to fly in the first place. Flashing back to 2010: I was an animal science major, halfway through my Read More

Owner Pilots: A Breed Apart

In light of NBAA taking place this month, I asked my father Randy Groom to recount some of his personal experiences and observations after selling business aircraft for 30-plus years. Below he addresses types of customers, business aviation trends and the common themes that tie owner pilots together.    One of the best parts of Read More