Archives: Guest Editorial

Minnesota’s Aviation Bill An Improvement

by Jim Hanson Manager of Albert Lea Airport Inc. Albert Lea, Minnesota It’s mostly good news! Eliminating the tax on aviation parts not only helps Minnesota airplane owners, but helps Minnesota FBOs remain competitive with other states and with mail … Continue reading

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Flight Instructor Pay & The Future of Flight Training

by Jim Hanson I have received feedback from a reader on my recent article on “Student Starts and Pilot Retention.” I’m always glad to receive feedback—either brickbats or bouquets. It not only means that people are reading the article, but … Continue reading

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Giving That First Ride In An Airplane

by Jim Hanson Most of us enjoy flying so much that we can’t wait to share it with others. We are proud that we can do something that most people cannot – fly an airplane! Do you recall the very … Continue reading

Posted in Aug/Sept 2013, Columns, Guest Editorial | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Response To Article On Recruiting & Retaining Pilots

Dear Dave: I read with interest your magazine. I have followed both parts of Jim Hanson’s articles on flight training. Some of what he has said I tend to agree with and some I disagree with. He feels that money … Continue reading

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Revitalizing General Aviation By Overhauling Federal Aviation Regulations Part 2 – Air Charter

by Jim Hanson In the October/November 2012 issue of Midwest Flyer Magazine, I began a discussion of how most people first experience general aviation, and noted that they either get a ride with a friend, or take a charter flight. … Continue reading

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Revitalizing General Aviation By Overhauling Federal Aviation Regulations

Part 1 – Air Rides by Jim Hanson How do most people first experience General Aviation? Usually with a ride from a friend, which often leads to an interest in learning to fly. We’ve covered the subject of exposing more … Continue reading

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Taking Local To The Next Level

by Craig L. Fuller President & CEO Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association When people think of AOPA, they most often think of Washington, D.C. That’s not too surprising. After all, our headquarters is just north of the city and we … Continue reading

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Appreciating What We’ve Got

by Craig Fuller President & CEO Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association It’s that time of the year when we take stock of the things we’re grateful for, consider the achievements of the past 12 months, and prepare for the year … Continue reading

Posted in AOPA, Columns, Dec 2011/Jan 2012, From AOPA Headquarters, Guest Editorial | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Part IV – FAA Reforms Needed To Help Recruit & Retain Pilots

by Jim Hanson In previous issues of Midwest Flyer Magazine, CFII Jim Hanson began a discussion on “Student Starts & Pilot Retention,” which he wrote prior to the release of findings from research conducted by the Aircraft Owners & Pilots … Continue reading

Posted in Airports, Columns, Guest Editorial, MN Aviation Industry News, Oct/Nov 2011 | Tagged | Leave a comment

Dusting Off The Cobwebs

by Craig Fuller President & CEO Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association The weather is warming up, at last, and that means flying season is upon us. Because I am fortunate enough to fly for business as well as pleasure, and … Continue reading

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