Hey AOPA, how about a real dogfight?

AOPA Pilot magazine has its monthly contrivance labeled “Dogfight.” To quote: “Editor at Large Tom Horne and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman have a lot of things in common: lots of ratings, lots of experience in lots of airplane models — and lots of opinions (as well as similar haircuts). ..So we launch them into a “Dogfight”—we hope you’ll enjoy these two takes on a topic.”


Gentlemen — How about a Dogfight subject with real potential for advancing the sport? Submitted for your consideration:

General Aviation: “That portion of civil aviation which encompasses all facets of aviation except air carriers holding a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Civil Aeronautics Board and large aircraft commercial operators.” (Pilot/Controller Glossary)

“General aviation (GA) is all civilian flying except scheduled passenger airlines. It’s just that simple—and complex.” (http://www.aopa.org/letsgoflying/ready/steps/whatis.html)

“AOPA’S MISSION…[3] supporting activities that ensure the long-term health of General Aviation, [4] fighting to keep General Aviation accessible to all….
AOPA’S VISION… all to secure the future of General Aviation.”  (http://www.aopa.org/info/history.html)

Should General Aviation advocacy include any promotion of Airline careers, Airline-oriented college degrees, Airline salaries, Airline equipment, or Airline-focused certificate mills?


[Editor note: Submitted to Horn and Hirschman on 18 November, 2011. No reply.]

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