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Kossacks, you bristle at the scandalous level of income inequality, at monstrous levels of corporate entitlement, at the purchase of our government by ultra-wealthy fringe-element nutjobs, at the reign of the narcissistic sociopaths.

You walk past the foreclosed homes that pepper your own neighborhoods, see the shades, always drawn, the grass grown shaggy and choked with weeds. You've noted how, strangely, these homes attract attention to themselves by hinting at what is absent: families, flowers, toys strewn about the lawn, the squeals of children as they race around the yard. Even cars parked in the driveway speak of habitation. A walk offers the sight of neighbors chatting with each other over the fence or at the tree line, a smoking outdoor grill, the scent of fried onions and bratwurst.

Life, friendship, community, these are the other victims of mad, galloping avarice, its origins in financial districts, urban corporate headquarters and hedge fund firms far from our homes, the reach of their tentacles vast, soulless, predatory, tightening around our lives, darkening our childrens' futures. That last, if we do nothing, may be our damning legacy...

Soon the tireless, brainless corporate predation will commodotize every aspect of our lives. Virtue will be for sale, patriotism too. (Ah, too late, you say.) The more you buy, the more you have. I'm selling a few shares of integrity, by the way. Stuff's a bit overrated, if you want to know the truth. Bought some on impulse, didn't have time to read about it before the IPO. Now...well its just kinda weird. I bought a few more shares but it doesn't seem to do anything. My financial planner is clueless about the stuff, has no idea how to research it...

I live within walking distance of an airport, and there too, the signs of TDDS (Trickle Down Delusion Syndrome) are manifest. Next to an FBO (Fixed Base Operator) at the north end of the airport you could once walk past a few rows of piston-engined private airplanes: High-winged Cessna 152s and 172s, a low-wing Beechcraft Bonanza or two, the odd Mooney with its distinctive “put-on-backwards” vertical stabilizer, or an itinerant Piper Cherokee or Aztec, perhaps the property of a snowbird.

These were private planes, privately owned by women and men who enjoyed spending some of their spare time flying to other small, non-towered airports, seeing the world from 2000 to 5000 feet, living Da Vinci's dream.

Like cars, airframes send messages about their owners. If the Cessnas are the family sedans, the Fords, Chevrolets and Dodges of the lot, the Mooneys are more the Buicks. The newer, sleeker Cirrus SR-22s might be the Audis or BMWs. Da Vinci would smile to see his dream and his drawings made real, whole, functional.

Gazing through the chainlink, the pedestrian sees a variety of streamlined forms, and marvels. They do share a similarity to cars: there are doors, seats, wheels. But cars are rarely tethered to keep them earthbound, and do not wear wings to defy gravity. Still and tethered, these planes only hint at their airborne beauty. Corralled, you see only potential.

But you are denied even this sight nowadays. They are all gone, this collection of private planes. The tiedowns sit unused, filling with dirt, sprouting weeds.

The passing of these planes is another sign the middle class has been gutted, a violence that happened so slowly it nearly escaped attention. Private Pilots have sold their airframes, canceled their insurance policies, sold off or stored their headsets and flying gear. Their hard-earned skillsets sit idle, molder, they mourn the loss of a few hours of freedom aloft they could once enjoy, freedom that their labor could once buy them.

The high cost of fuel, some private pilots say. That's what killed off their passion. At a gathering of old pilots (young private pilots are a rare, rare creature these days) other culprits are fingered. Rising insurance rates, the costs of maintaining an airframe and its powerplant as they age, the costs of replacing instrumentation...

I have long puzzled over notable blind spots in the awareness of private pilots. In this bunch, clearing blind spots is an obsession. Odd then, that they remain blind to the two main causes of their approaching extinction: the economy they live in and the political party they support.

A high percentage of private pilots vote Republican, and hold pro-business, anti-organized-labor views. Ask them to explain why the population of private pilots is aging and shrinking, and they cite the fuel costs and other reasons cited above, and fall silent.

I strive to help them connect some vital dots.

“Look,” I am told by one friend, “The price of a new Cessna 182, even a bare bones model, is well over $300,000.00. So most middle class pilots have long given up looking at new airframes.” Used models, and the 182 has been manufactured from 1956 to 1985 and again from 1996 to the present, can range from near $50,000.00 to $300,000.00 and higher.

So private pilots who can still afford to fly are most often doing so in airframes that can be 40 years old. This is the new normal. Sound normal to you, Kossacks?

“Why,” I ask this friend, “hasn't your standard of living gone up?”

This simple question stuns him. He and his fellow Republican pilots never think to ask it.

If I get any response at all, it is that the nation is now awash in “takers”, that too few Americans are laboring to support a supposed horde of freeloaders. I never get solid statistics from a trickle-down true believer about this horde, just his assurances that they are everywhere. “Ah,” I say, “This reminds me of all those “assurances” from Senator Joe McCarthy that there were communists infiltrating all sectors of American government and society. Thank God the tireless, selfless patriots on the right have identified the next fifth column!”

Just how successful was McCarthy, by the way? And how accurate?

This “takers” conspiracy theory is the excuse of a victim, someone holding his or her nose to a grindstone (Read: “I'm doing this for my own good. You should, too. Pain is freedom.”) Look closely and you'll see sparks of “pity me” flying off of the stone.

Republicans are fanatically convinced that millions of lazy citizens, with help from those hordes of illegal residents, aren't carrying their fair share of the load, “And so I have to work harder, and yet I see no reward for my increased productivity, my increased dedication to my work,” says the right-wing “proletariat”. (It really irritates him when I call him that. Wonder why...)

“Wait,” I say, “You and I agree that the productivity of the American worker has risen. But they haven't been compensated for that increased productivity.” Let me state what ought to be obvious: for the middle class, productivity has been severed from prosperity. The American Dream is dead.

This begs, absolutely begs the question, “Who decided it should be so? Who decided to disembowel the American Dream? Do you seriously want to stand there and say it is an imaginary horde of “takers”, or some evil cabal of illegals?”

I can point to a real, genuine culprit, one who actually exists.

Get this: The CEO of McDonald's gets a pay and benefits hike worth millions while the company experiences a drop in monthly sales and spends millions lobbying against a minimum wage hike and efforts to unionize. So the divorce between productivity and compensation happens in the entrepreneurial stratosphere, exactly the opposite direction. Uh huh. Up there the link between compensation and productivity is nonexistent. Guess who made sure of that....

Republican private pilots are remarkably blind to wage theft, to the absurdities of corporate entitlement and the galloping egomania of corporate culture. They also have a knee-jerk revulsion to union labor. So of course they can't be depended upon to cite the reasons they are a vanishing breed.

Nor can the aviation organizations they belong to. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) exudes rank and malodorous political and ideological bias. Although it is a voluntary membership organization, it is run with the inefficiency, lack of accountability and lack of transparency of a corporation. Organization bylaws are an absurd giveaway of power to an unelected Board, who in turn vet and select the AOPA President. Members are allowed no input on the selection of the President or the Board members, who exhibit, and who is surprised to see it, a remarkably narrow, corporate background.

In a “forward-thinking” pseudo-effort to get to the bottom of the shrinking private pilot population, AOPA “conducted” a “study” which soon drew the ridicule of progressive pilots, and the scorn of pretty much any pilot who didn't happen to be a raving, drooling supply-side apologist.

After a thorough cherry-pick of data, using an ingenious inversion process in which ideologically vetted conclusions were used to “test” the results of surveys, AOPA statisticians and researchers came up with a brilliantly safe and harmless conclusion:

The quality of flight instruction really wasn't as high as it could be.

The response from private pilots worldwide: WTF?!?!?

No mention of widening income inequality. No mention of the failure called trickle-down economics. No mention of wage theft. No mention that five years ago, Wall Street, aided and abetted by the Financial District, crashed our economy. No mention that banksters are still foreclosing on homes after the robo-signing scandal. Clueless. No, not clueless. Willfully blind. Culpable, and hiding their complicity in the crime.

Call AOPA and ask how much the study cost. Ask how many members voted to expend the money for this so-called “study”. Hint: members in this voluntary-membership organization can't vote on how the organization expends its funds. This includes having no say in how much the AOPA President or board members earn. Gotta love corporate entitlement...

Do Republican AOPA members object to this corporate chicanery? Hell no. They believe in it! AOPA membership plummeted by the thousands and thousands as normal, sensible pilots, many with a mere inkling of sound economic knowledge, realized AOPA has been hijacked by corporatists, ideological nutjobs, Reagan-worshippers and trickle-down true believers. Normal, sane, patriotic pilots voted with their feet.

The Private pilot is a dying breed. Blindly, pointlessly, foolishly confident that his ideological tunnel vision represents a greater truth, he refuses to acknowledge that the decades-long experiment in trickle-down economics has been a dismal, abject, complete failure. His blindness, his short-sightedness, will assure his extinction. Soon the skies over the United States will be partitioned and sold to the highest bidders. One of the few free and open places left in the nation will become a commodity, leased under easy terms to one-percenters jetting to meet up with their paid-for politicians over martinis at a golf junket.

A few of those foreclosed homes are looking a bit better these days. But not because the middle class is in recovery, not because the government has been put back to work for the ninety-nine percent. No, those homes haven't been sold. They are still bank owned. The banks are satiated, collecting the private mortgage insurance payments on these foreclosures, not feeling especially rushed to unload them. They even hire lawn care firms, staffed by minimum wage minions and probably more than a few illegals, to prevent the foreclosures from becoming nuisance properties, and hence subject to fines and public scrutiny. Gotta keep up appearances, and the banks are assured, under status quo trickle-down policy, under legalized entitlement, that they are safe from the evils of accountability and transparency.

And the Republican private pilot will still have the comfort of his ideology...he just won't be flying it anywhere. Seems he can't tell the difference between a security blanket and a pair of handcuffs.

Originally posted to Heywaitaminute on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:57 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kossack Air Force.

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  •  "Connecting dots" is (5+ / 0-)
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    Ralphdog, salmo, raincrow, FarWestGirl, JerryNA

    impossible for the blind.

    Nice article.

    I assume you get up to Oshkosh every now and then?

    Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 09:16:38 AM PDT

  •  Equality is the enemy. (4+ / 0-)

    People who suffer from an inferiority complex, the result perhaps of having been regularly beaten as a child, compensate for their feelings of inadequacy by insisting on their superiority to someone else. The last thing they want is to be equal. Being treated equally is even worse when almost everyone is being treated like dirt.
    Abuse gets passed on. Abuse is avenged, not revenged. Because revenge would risk additional injury.

    The Cons' ideologues have a ready response to the assertion that all men are created equal. It's a condition that humans should not expect to realize until they again come face to face with their Creator on judgement day. In the mean time, they'll be treated as their betters see fit.

    Free will means not having to accept unpleasant truths.

    by hannah on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 09:19:30 AM PDT

  •  Controllers, too (4+ / 0-)
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    One would have thought—one who had lived life as a controller in the '70s—that the necessity for the job action of 1981, ought to paint the obvious. We should have had 100% participation. As it was, it took us two tries to get 80%.

    Then, one might think, after the "recovery" (twenty months of which I missed) and the bonhommie between management and the workforce established during that period, that there would be no more need for any sort of movement to address greivances arising between the same labor and management sides of the workforce.

    In reality, it took less than three years after the job action for the phoenix appearance of a new labor organization, mostly driven by scabs who had been there before '81, and who now were being abused to the extent they had to form a new, quelle horreur, labor organization.

    And do you think the experiences of the pre 1981 workforce as well as the thousands of post 1981 hires joined at the 100% rate? Not a chance. And the thing that puzzled me always, was how many controllers vote republican.

    I remember hearing guys who had just arrived for the afternoon shift yuk it up over what they'd heard Rush say on the way in. Yes, we (particularly in the centers) made pretty good money (I was in six figures the last three years I worked), and yes, consequently most of us had nice houses and nice cars. But why would any of them continue to vote against their interests, year after year? It defies belief. I'll never understand it.

    By the way, I, too, am a pilot. I haven't flown since 1996, and it's the expense—fuel, maintenance, parking, acquisition, whatever. It doesn't matter whether you own or rent, it's just too much money to fly. My next door neighbor sold his C150 a couple of years ago because of it. He's a doctor!

    Here's how I equated it twenty years ago, and it's only gotten worse. It cost me ≈$3,500 in the late '60s to get my Commercial and Instrument (and around 200 hours in the logbook). Friends starting to fly in the '90s could expect to spend that just for their Private (theoretically 40 hours).

    I belonged to AOPA for a year, maybe two, back in the '70s. The magazine was no Flying and didn't really appeal to me or my kind of flying, so I let it expire. I did get a (cheap) stopwatch out of it.

    LRod—UID 238035
    ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired
    My ATC site
    My Norm's Tools site

    by exatc on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 09:32:15 AM PDT

    •  Wrong wording, over and over again. (1+ / 0-)
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      It's not "too expensive" to fly.  You are too poor to fly.  

      Face the unpleasant truth. That is because your income has been eroded by inflation over the last few decades. The diarist should have come out and said this in these possibly offensive words, though he came close. Productivity gains all funnelled upwards to the rich instead of out to all levels of society, yes gasp even to the poor.  Only now are the upper-middle class (flyers) realizing it (because the poor and lower middle class could never afford an airplane).

      •  I might amend the sentence (0+ / 0-)

        "You are too poor to fly," to "You have been rendered too poor to fly," or simply "You have been robbed." In addition to inflation, there was a shifting of the upper class and corporate tax burden onto the middle class...for no sane, sustainable reason. It was done out of pure avarice, because the rich could do it.

    •  You realize your firsthand experience (1+ / 0-)
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      lends itself to a great Daily Kos diary, right?

      By the way, wasn't Reagan initially more amenable to the ATC union's reform proposals? I seem to recall he underwent an "about-face" and blindsided the union.

      Tip O'Neill, who managed to compromise with Reagan on several thorny issues, commented on Reagan's lack of any sound moral and intellectual anchor. Too often, his decision on a matter was determined primarily by the last person he talked to...

      The sad state of our economy and the overweening influence of truly misfit nutjobs, in corporate America and in the Republican party, has its origins in the numerous blunders and missteps of the Reagan Administration.

      Reagan's costar, Bonzo, would've made a better president.

      •  Thanks for the thought (0+ / 0-)

        I've actually begun to create an ATC diary to educate the brethren about the system. It's one of the least understood of any technical professions.

        Sadly, I'm utterly incapable of short stories, and I'm stalled at what to include and postpone in an introductory post. You may (or may not) have noticed comments I've made in several MAS370 diaries. There's not a short one among them.

        It's an incredibly complex subject and profession and I'm only now—16 years post retirement—coming to the realization of how much I learned to operate successfully. Frankly, I suspect I'm going to have to do a series of diaries about the various aspects. I'm sure that will have limited appeal, particularly when I find it impossible to edit out some of the esoterica.

        On my ATC website (see sig) I have a 20 chapter diary of my life in ATC, but it focuses on me and my experiences, with only some of the hard data. Any series I do here would be less personal and more technical—at once both a blessing and a curse to the reader.

        I've spoken a bit about my sabbatical at my site, but, again, it's more of the personal experience than the overarching story. Joseph McCartin's Collision Course tells all the background pretty well. Much of the backround up to 3 August I hadn't known, because it was real insider stuff, and I had to stop reading the part from after we went out, because I lived it and it was too painful to revisit. Nevertheless, I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject.

        I will try to cobble together a 1981 specific diary. And I intend to work harder on a series, even if for no one else but myself. The only good thing to come out of the MAS370 tragedy was the opportunity to put to paper some of the technical details about the job—and I mean some real esoterica—that I'd not considered writing before.

        Oh, here's a teaser for you—you'll notice I've been refering to MAS370 rather than MH370 which seems to be the popular nomenclature. The first is the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) identifier for Malaysia Airlines. The second is the IATA (International Air Transport Association) identifier for Malaysia Airlines. IATA is a trade association for the airlines, and while they have administrative authority amongst the members, ICAO is the group which has legal authority over aviation regulations and procedures world wide.

        For roughly half my career we used two letter codes for the air carriers (AA for American, DL for Delta, PA for Pan Am, TW for TWA, etc.). As automation spread, a common interface became necessary, and the adopton of ICAO standards overrode our parochial national standards, and we converted to AAL, DAL, PAA, and TWA (in the examples above) as well as all the rest. In truth, and in private (except for my website), I still write EA for Eastern, NA for National, and UA for United. It's either old habits or lack of adaptability…

        LRod—UID 238035
        ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired
        My ATC site
        My Norm's Tools site

        by exatc on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 10:04:04 AM PDT

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        •  Seriously consider shaping your 20 chapter diary (1+ / 0-)
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          into an e-book!

          I belong to that minority of detail freaks who want to know the specifics, the inside story, the myth-busting facts. (Put me in front of a Norden Bombsight, and I ask for the operator's manual and want to sign up for the class that teaches me how to use it!)

          Pilots and aviation lovers soak up the type of information you have collected...your life story is important, relevant, human...

  •  Excellent post. (2+ / 0-)
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    And the lessons learned about the AOPA could be applied in many realms.  It's nuts to participate and trust in an institution in which you have no real say.  The NRA is yet another example.

    Some might point to certain progressive websites as examples as well.

  •  I always enjoyed sprees in private aircraft (1+ / 0-)
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    and conducted aerial surveilance of illegal polluters with a friend in his 50-year-old piper cub.

    But I spent part of the weekend learning that the piston-driven small plane engines at my nearby  airport still burn leaded gasoline, and have created a hot spot of excessive lead concentrations in the air at ground level.

    Poisoning people sort of takes the fun out of it for me.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 09:47:12 AM PDT

    •  A dent in this problem of leaded gasoline use (0+ / 0-)

      in private aviation has been made by the Austrian company Rotax, which manufactures several engines used in private planes. These engines burn unleaded gasoline, and are often the choice of homebuilders and kitbuilders.

      Were private aviation to flourish again, research into alternative fuels would proceed at a faster pace. The military is experimenting with algae/seaweed based fuels as a way to end dependence on foreign oil sources...

  •  I don't think this affects your thesis much, but (1+ / 0-)
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    didn't the price of planes skyrocket because of lawsuits and insurance costs? I thought that a couple of manufacturers stopped production 20+ years ago because they couldn't bear the insurance costs for their products ... or they couldn't up the price enough to pay for it, or something.

    Actually, just googled a bit, and I'm right, at least relative to Piper:

    Manufacture of light aircraft was impacted in the mid-1980s when increasing product liability insurance premiums made operation financially difficult for Piper Aircraft and other American manufacturers of light aircraft. In a bid to improve sales, Piper cut prices for its aircraft and the company became unprofitable. In 1991 the Lakeland, Florida factory was sold and closed and by July that year the workforce had shrunk to just 45; with only $1,000 in available cash remaining, Piper filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a proposed takeover by competing French manufacturer Socata failed over the issue of product liability.
    •  An in-depth analysis of the (0+ / 0-)

      product liability issue is available at:

      I quote a fragment below:

      "These reports occasionally note that other political and economic issues played some role, but generally there is a wishful optimism in forecasts that claim product liability reform will create as many as 25,000 new jobs.(2) More realistic accounts of the decline of the general aviation industry point to a number of factors besides product liability that sent the industry into a tailspin fifteen years ago. Generally, these analysts recognize product liability as merely one aspect of a more general malaise in general aviation. They are, however, more pessimistic about the positive impact of product liability reform."

  •  Some comments from an inactive pilot (3+ / 0-)
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    The economic picture has changed completely for the private pilot.  I got my private ticket in 1965 when I was in my last year of undergraduate education.  Went to grad school and bought a brand new Bellanca Citabria 7ECA in 1973, my first year of work after finishing my Ph.D.  I kept that plane until 1992 when it was destroyed in a hangar fire.  I remember being shocked when avgas hit $1.00 per gallon.  The Citabria cost about $10,000 in 1973, and that was equivalent to a new Porsche 911 at the time.

    Fuel cost is a major factor.  The Citabria burned about 6 gallons per hour.  It used to be no big deal to go up for a couple of hours and fly around locally just for the fun of it.  That has obviously changed.  Another factor not appreciated by the general public is that it's really not a good idea to fly just occasionally.  Just to maintain proficiency a person should fly around 10 hours per month.  

    •  Some data points (0+ / 0-)

      $10,000 adjusted by CPI from 1973 to 2014: $52,878

      Base price of Porsche 911:
      911T (base model): $7,960 ($42,091 in 2014 dollars)
      Porsche Carrera (base): $85,260
      Comparison point: base Honda Civic: $2,250 ($11,987 in 2014 dollars)
      2014 base Honda Civic: $18,980 (base coupe)

      A few notes about car prices: First, cars tend to last twice as long.  Second, Porsche 911s now have supremely good resale value and this is reflected in the price.  This also reflects 1980s yuppie-mania, when Porsches were the leading cause of death among bond traders, doctors, and cocaine dealers.   (They're still tail happy, but the stability control keeps you from getting that way.  Hit the "sport" button and all bets are off...)

      Hondas don't have quite the resale value but they do last far longer than they did in 1973 and are basically compact cars; they were considered subcompacts in 1973 and were much smaller.  And a base 1973 Honda was barebones; a base 2014 Honda is well equipped.  $12,000 spent on a 3-year old Civic (or a new Fit, the size of the old 1970s Civic but otherwise a far better car) will give you more than it got in 1973.

      I'm not sure about single engine airplanes, but I'm under the impression that you can't touch one new for under $200,000.  And as I understand it, once they take the initial depreciation hit for not being new, they hold their price very well, in part because a 15-year old plane is a safe buy, in turn because of the rigid maintenance requirements.  How many 15-year old cars are a "safe buy?"

      •  Kitplanes and Light Sport Aircraft have taken (0+ / 0-)

        over the low-cost segment of the new plane market. They are entirely viable options for the recreational pilot, and in the former case, for pilots willing to invest the build time. But they are restricted by design to short distance, low-payload flying...

    •  Co-ownership contracts for a single airframe (0+ / 0-)

      and flying clubs, are two responses to the high-operating costs roadblocks.

  •  The EAA fellates these thugs too.... (2+ / 0-)
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    JerryNA, Darth Stateworker

    ...they just slobbered all over James Imhofe's "Private Pilot's Bill of Rights" a few years ago, a piece of shit, ah, legislation, prompted by the FAA questioning his horrendous safety violation, where he landed his light twin on a closed runway (marked by a prominent "X" painted at each end) which had construction workers and equipment on it, the workers claimed that they hadda run for their life. The FAA did nothing significant as a result of this dangerous and public incident...(I think they made him take a class or something, but they didn't degrade his ticket or ground him)

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:11:19 AM PDT

    •  Inhofe was, perhaps unsurprisingly, quite arrogant (1+ / 0-)
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      about his near-fatal fiasco. Ah, entitlement mentality, a sure fire cover for many, many sins. His punishment was, yes, hardly even a slap on the wrist.

      Imagine the punishment meted out to anyone else who didn't have his connections...or his arrogance.

  •  Thank you for this! (0+ / 0-)

    Obviously you get it.

    I complained directly, in writing, to AOPA many times during the Craig Fuller regime, about their obvious partisan bias. It was far worse under his leadership recently than it was under Phil Boyer. I remain cautious. I have no patience for AOPA fellatio of GA "advocates" like James Inhofe.

    I have a home on an airpark, albeit without a hangar or a taxiway easement. Yet I look around at the club meetings and its only a matter of time before that real estate becomes much more affordable. And much more affordable it will have to be, since converting my 1950s-vintage engine to something that burns unleaded gas will probably cost me $100,000.

    "They let 'em vote, smoke, and drive -- even put 'em in pants! So what do you get? A -- a Democrat for President!" ~ Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    by craiger on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:10:38 AM PDT

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