While there wasn't all that much to see and do at this year's
AOPA Expo/Summit/SnoozeFest, A small cadre of ANN and Aero-TV folks
did their best to gauge the state of the industry by chatting up a
number of the folks that have been slogging away despite the worst
economy in many moons. We got particularly lucky in being able to
grab a few minutes with the folks of Air Fleet Capital, Inc., who
genuinely possess some of GA's most expert insights into the true
health of this business's current state.
At All Times, Take-Off, Aborted Landing, Go-Around --
Whatever... FLY THE AIRPLANE!
A tragic NTSB prelim is giving us a few clues as to what caused
the loss of four lives on the First of June -- a pilot in a rented
Skyhawk encountered squirrelly winds, had problems with a landing,
started going around and apparently lost control of the airplane at
low altitude, with fatal results for all on board. I don't have to
tell you all how unnecessary this was... Still, it is incredibly