We Always Let You Know How We Feel, But Want You To Let Us Know
As the end of 2011 leaps up over the horizon, and where has the
year gone, ANN is, as usual, assembling its annual look back at the
top stories of the year, as well as what we consider to be the
best, and worst, in aviation in the preceding 12 months.
This year, we'd like to get your input.
Anyone involved in our industry over the past three years knows
that aviation as we know it is at a turning point. There is
pressure from nearly every corner, from Washington, D.C. to local
and state officials who have the authority to levy taxes, impose
fees, restrict airspace and in some cases attempt limit
airport use. The economic pressures are also enormous, with
foreign entities at least appearing to gobble up as much of the
U.S. aviation infrastructure and intellectual property as they can,
possibly so that they can beat us at our own game. Fuel prices,
insurance, interest rates, and the much-discussed "cost of entry"
are also making it more and more difficult for the industry to
expand in such a way to make it healthy.
Still, we hope that 2012 can be a turnaround year for the
aviation industry, and while we admit that it'll be more like
turning an aircraft carrier than cornering a Ferrari, at some point
the control input has to be made to start the turn. And that's
where you come in.
We're looking for your input on the best, and worst of aviation
from the past 12 months. And while there's much that needs change,
there is plenty to be celebrated as well. With that in mind,
consider this an open invitation to let us know what you think.
From a few thoughts to a full article, we'd be interested in what
our readers have to say about the state of the industry, and more
importantly, what can be done to begin to affect change.
Up to the challenge? We thought so. Send your ideas to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll look forward to hearing from you, and hope to make positive
change in 2012.
Happy New Year.