Editor's Briefing

A Close Call With COVID

On April 2, I received a heart-dropping text: “Rich Pickett was put on a ventilator due to COVID. Praying for our friend.” It was the first that I heard that he was sick. And COVID-19? A ventilator? The sinking feeling deepened. The reality of the virus flooding media outlets suddenly hit home with a punch. Read More

View from Upside Down

View from Upside Down

This summer marks 10 years since I learned to fly.  In those 10 years, I have been fortunate to experience a host of unique airplanes and flying, but one of the most fun (and eye-opening) experiences occurred just earlier this year when my husband Jared and I visited Patty Wagstaff Aviation Safety in St. Augustine, Read More

GA Assembles Coronavirus Aid

The general aviation industry has long served as a lifeline to people and communities in crisis. Previously, that spirit of service predominantly showed itself during natural disaster relief missions. But today, faced with the novel coronavirus crisis, aviation leaders and businesses have been quick to step up once again. Some of the biggest examples can Read More

Hangar Community

The word “hangar” can conjure many different meanings to different people – storage, workplace, hangout, shelter, man cave, retreat – or in some cases – home. It’s amazing the multiple titles and sentiments that can be applied to this one simple structure. But, of course, we all know it is what is inside and around Read More

Confessions of an Old Grouchy Aviation Skeptic

Confessions of an Old Grouchy Aviation Skeptic

The following is guest editorial by my father Randy Groom, an industry veteran and owner-pilot. 2020 marks the 40th year since I left college and joined the general aviation industry at Beechcraft in Wichita. In those 40 years, I have watched with amazement as new designs and new airframe companies attempted, and in some cases, succeeded Read More