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FROM THE PUBLISHER


Welcome to our July 2017 issue with a focus on general aviation. This issue, as with our July issue each year, will receive bonus distribution at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, from July 24 – 30. As with each passing year, the staff


EAA – RECHARGE


of D.O.M. magazine will be at EAA AirVenture to experience the mass gathering of more than half a million aviation enthusiasts and 10,000 aircraft from around the world. This will be my 28th year in attendance. It’s hard for me to believe I’ve been to that many, and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. I have always looked at this show as a way to recharge my enthusiasm for aviation each year. Although there is an impossible schedule


PUBLISHER


GREG NAPERT gnapert@DOMmagazine.com


of events, aircraft and entertainment at AirVenture, my favorite thing to do is to head to the experimental end of the fi eld and watch the gyrocopters take off and land. To me, gyrocopters seem like they shouldn’t fl y, or at least they shouldn’t maintain fl ight for very long. So the men and women who defy logic and gravity with these impossible machines are to me the closest thing you can get to the “daring young men and their fl ying machines.” It reminds me of why we all are attracted to aviation in the fi rst place — the quest to fl y free like the birds and defy gravity. If you haven’t been to EAA AirVenture


and you are involved in aviation, I would highly recommend you set aside some time and go. Don’t let a lack of planning discourage you from attending. You might not be able to stay in the immediate area, but there are outlying towns that always have accommodations available. Even Milwaukee and Madison are within two hours, which is slightly more (or less) than a Los Angeles commute! I hope to see you there.


Correction on May Publisher’s column,


“Tail Wagging the Dog?” Following my column “Tail Wagging the Dog?” from our May 2017 issue, I received a comment from a reader that several errors were made in my column.


66 DOMmagazine.com | july 2017 Reader Tom Peterson pointed out


“Greg, in your May piece, “Tail Wagging the Dog?”, you failed to mention the airline involved was not United Airlines and you incorrectly stated that the fl ight was overbooked.” He also pointed out that UAL stock had reached an all-time high on May 9 (about a month after I wrote the column) and that bookings were up 7.6 percent year over year. Peterson is correct. The fl ight on which the passenger was booked was actually a United regional affi liate called Republic Airlines operating under the name of United Express. Additionally, it was later admitted (following my article) that the fl ight was not technically “overbooked,” but that the passenger(s) were removed to accommodate moving crew members to Louisville for a fl ight the next day. These facts are important. But I also


believe the point I was making regarding public perception and customer service is more important. After all, most of the fl ying public considers affi liate airlines the actual airline on which they booked their fl ight. In this example, to most people, including the passengers involved, they were fl ying United Airlines, and in fact, United’s CEO and United’s spokespeople were the ones that had to deal with this PR nightmare. On the point of not being technically “overbooked” versus needing more room to accommodate moving the crew, the end result was the same. Passengers needed to be removed from the fl ight. As far as United’s stock is concerned,


there was a defi nite drop in the stock price of United after the incident. The fact that it rebounded afterwards only leads me to the question — would it have been even higher were it not for this event? Who knows? In any case, I agree with Tom that I should have been more responsible in reporting the facts and pledge to improve this in the future. Thanks for reading! Greg Napert, Proud to be an A&P


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