It will be some time before we have the statistics for 2005.
Indeed, we don't even have the Nall Report for 2004. But if history
teaches us anything, it teaches us that one year is much like
another, when you reduce it to numbers.
The highlights of the year included several ADIZ-incursion
stories, some bozos shining lasers at aircraft for fun, the DHS
shining lasers at aircraft to warn them out of the ADIZ, and more
TSA shenanigans than you could shake a stick at. These are only the
Another year has passed and far too many of our aviation friends
and family have passed with it. Some have known the departed
personally; others have, perhaps, only read or witnessed their
deeds. We at ANN can only hope that time will heal the wounds and
sweeten the memories of those who have gone before us. We know they
were met with green fields and clear skies.
"To start with, these things are EX-pensive. What
happened to the idea of "affordable flying?" I've looked at the
planes Dad digs, from the Sting to the Mermaid to the Flight
Designs CT (above). The price of entry is EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.
That's affordable compared to what -- a Cirrus? For eighty grand
you can buy two Cessna 172s or about 1 2/3 Piper Warriors used...
of course, you can't fly them with the Sport license, but we're
talking a larger plane with a proven safety record. I mean, if
these things are built like a set of wax wings they ought to be
priced that way, too."
Source: The legendary Icarus, of Greek
mythology (seriously), as channelled by ANN's own Kevin "Hognose"
O'Brien, on the ages-old dichotomy of the Light Sport Aircraft