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Outreach – Inspiring the Next Generation

December 1, 2018

I’m starting this article during a business trip to the Middle East. Having just arrived here from participating in the annual fly-in at Covey Trails at Richmond, Texas, where general aviation was front and center with participants arriving and showcasing warbirds, experimental, and certificated aircraft of all ages, we travelled to an area with barren skies except for the occasional 777 or A380. The contrast for me is unsettling. Experience in the Middle East was similar to my recent travels in Asia Pacific, and Vietnam in particular. While I know progress is being made, when I read that there are only “one thousand aircraft in the Middle East and North Africa general aviation industry,”1 all I can say is, “Whoa.”