Editor's Briefing

Rough Year, But We’re Still the Lucky Ones

Last month, I was sitting with a group of aviation-centric friends talking about the state of affairs in our slice of the world above FL00. The conversation evolved (or devolved?) into a hilariously cynical version of the word association game, the one where a person says a word and the rest quickly say the word Read More

Only at Oshkosh

It was the afternoon of Monday, July 25, 2016, and the first day of the AirVenture Oshkosh air show. Having just arrived, my husband and I hustled our way closer to flight line to watch a massive red-and-white Martin JRM Mars water bomber line up for a low pass. As the last one of its Read More

The End is Near

As you may have read in the April Editor’s Briefing, my home airport Johnson County Executive Airport (KOJC) was decimated by severe straight-line winds that destroyed or damaged numerous hangars and the aircraft inside them. With one of my beloved birds caught up in the mess, you could say I have gone through the five Read More

Aviation Seen Through New Eyes

In early March, the 28th annual Women in Aviation International Conference was held in Orlando. (For the guys reading this, stay with me.) The conference attracted more than 4,500 attendees from 19 countries, 165 exhibiting companies, and featured astronauts, high-ranking, accomplished military aviators, and leaders in the airline and business aviation industry. To be honest, Read More

Editor’s Briefing: There are no happy endings.

There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part. So just give me a happy middle, And a very happy start. – Shel Silverstein On March 6, a storm system ripped through the Midwest, forming a line of thunderstorms from Oklahoma to Canada. By the time the line reached Kansas City, tornado warnings were plentiful, and Read More