You are Now Cleared for Take Off, or Maybe Not
By Larry Shapiro
I am now convinced that those of us that spend more than a little time at our local airport, for whatever reason, either as a pilot, a regular visitor or because the snack bar serves great breakfast or sells “must have” T-shirts… We all become very protective, we challenge every change, complain about every pothole and basically have an opinion about everything but seldom have any facts or involvement in all these “things” happening or not happening. Hence, my herd of self appointed experts on how to run (or ruin) an airfield, here is a really simple recipe for having your cake and having it turn out the way you want it.
The secret ingredient is simply “involvement!” Do you belong to your home base pilot’s group or association? Do you volunteer for clean up day at your airport? How about all those advertised meetings with the local “baby kissers” that want your vote so they hold some kind cockamamie get-together at the local airplane parking place with the hope of something good happening for them – not necessarily for you – but hopefully for you.