Hey, Who Are You Guys?
ANN is, first and foremost, the work of some
dedicated folks who have put their hearts (and souls) into
promoting and protecting the aviation community. Born out of the
blood, sweat, and tears of many hard years of aviation journalism,
ANN was designed to take the vital and much-needed next step
in the evolution of information sharing about and within the
ANN is the brainchild of US Aviator magazine Publisher and
Aviation Safety Advocate Jim Campbell (below), whose brave efforts
to bring constructive and honest information to the aviation
industry are well-known, for all kinds of reasons. The aviation
industry often seems to bury its head in the sand when it comes to
the threats and dangers that threaten to destroy the people,
programs and products that populate it.
For a dozen years, Campbell and his valiant little magazine
told the world of aviation what no one else dared to... namely that
there were products and manufacturers out there who did
not tell the truth or were actually dangerous, and that many
of the entities that we had learned to trust as Aviators,
especially the FAA, simply could not be trusted. That proud little
magazine fought many battles, and in fact, never actually
lost a single fight (but, boy... did it get its nose bloodied a few
times...). But, it paid a helluva cost.
Yes, it was a great fight, but a flawed one. The new reality of
near-instant information and the critical nature of the data that
Campbell and his partners could provide, demanded something better
and more immediate in order that their work have the greatest
impact. Campbell's burgeoning realization indicated that it was
getting rather fruitless to kill new trees with old news, and
it was time for those speedy little electrons to do their
Together; with some of the best folks he's
ever worked with, ANN is blazing a NEW trail and doing what this
aero-business has never seen before.
ANN means Real-Time Aviation News, valuable columns, features
and event coverage, weather, classifieds, aero-marketing resources,
discussion boards, and much, much more.
There are no shrinking violets here... we've all had our noses
bloodied, we've had our faces rubbed in the mud for trying to do
the right thing (and not always succeeding), we've gotten pummeled
for sticking up for people who may not have been able to stick up
for themselves and we've had to face down folks who have broken
every rule in the book, moral, ethical, and legal, to keep us from
trying to protect our brethren. We've learned a lot the hard
way, and not a single one of us have ever backed down, no matter
how tough the risks we faced. We are not bashful, we are not shy,
and we promise you that the courage and bravery we see all around
us in those who fight for their love of aviation and the safety of
their fellow Aviators, will not be lost upon us, but will guide us
in everything we do.
So... Who Are We?
We are the Aero-News Network: An Online Daily Aviation
Aerospace News Resource. We have a strong commitment to
safety, consumer activism, Aero-education, and Aero-entertainment
(let's face it, the main reason most of us come to aviation is
because it is a lot of fun and we dare not forget that no matter
how serious the subject matter may be). ANN will be, at first, what
we make it, but ultimately it will be what YOU make it. We implore
you all to demand the very best of us, to offer your suggestions,
questions, criticism, and News-Spy Tips... and to participate fully
in every aspect of ANN's growth and posture.
We ask you to be highly critical of us, and to take your time to
point out what we're doing wrong or not doing at all, and what you
think we need to be addressing. So... that in the long run, when
people ask who those ANN guys are; that, in addition to folks like
Jim Campbell, Paul Plack, Tom Patton, Nathan
Cremisino, Ashley Hale, Birgit Pauli-Haack, and many
other talented fly-writers and photographers, that YOUR names,
wishes and concerns will be a big part of it as well.