Tag: Private Aircraft

Love of Flying: AirVenture

 

2017 Boeing Plaza

Each year near the end of July, about 600,000 people make a pilgrimage to AirVenture, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For EAA members, their love of all things flying brings them back every year. One local EAA member has been to Oshkosh since 1978, missing only twice due to work and a house move. Like many of the 5000 volunteers, he answers questions from those who fly-in (where are the bathrooms…) and helps tie down their planes. AirVenture is a major tradeshow for aviation vendors, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) usually makes a major announcement. For many, the afternoon airshow with special aircraft, such as Warbirds (mostly World War II), military jets, and great aerobatic flyers such as Sean Tucker is the reason to attend.

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In the late 1940’s, many small airplane companies thought that returning GI’s, exposed to aircraft operations in WWII, would purchase light aircraft to travel faster than the pre-Interstate highways, where a 50 MPH average speed was considered fast. By 1950, the small aircraft market was saturated, and it didn’t solve the problem of the “last […]

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Laissez-faire SCUBA (Part 3): Coming Up for Air

 

You can read Part 1 of the Laissez-faire SCUBA series here and Part 2 here.

shutterstock_226671082We’ve already seen how SCUBA diving developed an astonishing record of safety and success free of governmental involvement. But what if government had regulated the industry from the beginning? Let’s contrast it with one where the government took on the role of safety guarantor: the recreational aircraft industry.

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We’ve all been told why government safety regulations are necessary. Why, without an active government inspecting and approving products and manufacturing methods, consumers will be helpless against the rapacious greed of capitalists. Without government oversight, capitalism results in a “race to the bottom” with manufacturers cutting corners and skimping on quality to protect their profits. […]

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