Hangarsphere – Part I: Aurora State Airport And The K.I.S.S Theory

Hangarsphere – Part I: Aurora State Airport And The K.I.S.S Theory

I’ve learned a lot from my father both personally and professionally. Having retired from UAL in 2002 after 37 years in the cockpit, I continue to enjoy listening to his stories relating to the Golden Age of Aviation, his numerous DC-8 charter flights to Vietnam, oil embargos, deregulation, hostile takeovers, Reagan’s firing of the air traffic controllers, pilot strikes, and the evolution from three-man cockpits and steam gauges to male/female crews of two and state-of-the-art “glass” avionics. But through all the stories and experiences he continues to share, there is one motif: The K.I.S.S Theory.

The K.I.S.S acronym stands for “Keep It Simple Stupid.” My father exercised this quote frequently as it was a reminder to himself (and later to me and my siblings) to keep the complexities of work in the cockpit and life in check, to stay focused on the mission or task, and to eliminate the fluff that may cloud a specific effort. How does the K.I.S.S Theory apply to an airport business model, you ask? Simple, do away with the traditional business model of Federal Grants and Assurances and adopt a new airport business model that involves a fee-simple approach to land management.

Forgive me for taking a little license here and please don’t infer that I’m calling the FAA or our Federal government “Stupid.” If you’ve been a reader of HangarSphere long enough, you are well aware I don’t pick fights. However, you will also know I’m not afraid to question the status quo and offer my own two-cents of constructive criticism as well as a list of possible solutions.

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