Say Hello To Rob Finfrock!
With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture
2007 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough...
ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of
us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest
Fortunately, this year we'll have some help... and some really
GREAT help at that. As we've already told you, Aero-News is
bringing its largest staff EVER to AirVenture this year, to not
only increase our print and audio coverage of the greatest (air)
show on Earth, but also to help us kick off Aero-TV. (Come to
think of it... "Herculean" doesn't begin to cover it...)
Over the next several days, we thought we'd take the time to
introduce you to the print stringers, video crews, and senior
staffers who will be bringing our readers and listeners all the
news that's fit to pixilate, modulate and videotape from Oshkosh
And now, without further adieu...
Something of a fluke introduced Managing Editor Rob Finfrock to
the world of flight. Five years ago, Rob was working for an
Albuquerque courier service when the company sent him up to
Farmington to cover a route. To get there, he caught a lift on one
of the company’s small Cessna twins... and Rob, who before
that day had never flown on a plane smaller than a 737, was "hooked
the moment the wheels lifted off Runway 3."
Turns out the pilot he flew with on that fateful day had a
friend who’d just earned his CFI rating... and soon, Rob was
looping across the skies in a 172 as a student pilot. He loved
it... and he also loved writing about it, and all matters of
That led Rob to respond to ANN’s call for stringers for
Oshkosh in 2005 -– which gave him the chance to exercise his
journalistic chops, as well as an opportunity to learn more about
several aircraft... including the B-17s his grandfather flew on in
the final days of WWII. Three months later, Rob decided to forego a
'promising career' in the building materials industry and cast his
lot with the Aero-News staff full-time.
Recently relocated back home in New Mexico, Rob writes and edits
the majority of material found on ANN throughout the week. Now that
he has some LSA flight time under his belt, during his return to
AirVenture this year Rob plans to learn all he can about Cessna's
recently-announced light sport entry, to see how it measures up to
other contenders in the field.
Stay tuned as we introduce more of our stringers and staffers in
days to come!