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… supporting activities that ensure the long-term health of General Aviation,  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.]