No Constant but Change
From NBAA 2021 to these pages, we’re flying forward.
In two years, so much has changed— and tried its best to change us.
I celebrated two years at the helm of this magazine in October, and those 24-plus months have proved the axiom: There is no constant but change.
In November 2019, the National Business Aviation Association gathered its constituents together— members, exhibitors, sponsors and industry guests—for an upbeat, jetfueled congregation on the Las Vegas oasis. Blending turbine-powered airplanes, helicopters, avionics and a few piston platforms, there was only the merest inkling of what was to take center stage when the show returned in 2021.
Advanced air mobility. Sustainability. Alternatively powered aircraft. An S-curve leap for the businessaviation sector.
This fall, the hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center—filled with companies from across the spectrum —vibrated with the joy of finally meeting again in person. Though overall attendance felt moderate, the business-to-business engagement was high—perhaps what was needed as we fly fast toward this inflection point. Perhaps we’re already there.
The NBAA led other aviation organizations and OEMs in pledging additional sustainability goals, but what does that mean? Is a 2 percent gain in fuel efficiency each year meaningful? I believe it is. If I could knock down my calorie intake by 2 percent each year, it would offset the decreasing efficiency in my metabolism.
We saw a host of new jets on display at the NBA A’s Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition—including the Citation CJ4 Gen2 we cover in “We Fly: Leader of the Pack” this month, by editor-at-large Pia Bergqvist. At the other end of the spectrum, Jason McDowell walks us through the Maule family of approachable aircraft—not only those that have been flying for years but also the new ones still made in Moultrie, Georgia.
Instructor Amy Laboda offers a new perspective on how we look for traffic in the modern era with the incorporation of ADS-B into our collective scans, in “Inside Out or Outside In?” Make no mistake—the technology has affected us in a big way.
At Flying, we’re about to launch our own evolution into the future. With a new website—and I mean completely new—and an expanded team of journalists, we’re soaring upward in the quality and quantity of coverage you’ll see across the topics you find meaningful. We’ll keep a sharp focus on general and business aviation— specifically on the pilots who fly for their own ends or as a career. We’re also growing new verticals within our purview, including a channel, Modern Flying, with journalists dedicated to space, urban air mobility, vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft, military aviation, and alternative sources of power.
These Flying pages will change as well, with an updated format to ensure that reading them is a true pleasure for those of us—me included—who love curling up with a magazine, thumbing through pages, and having a tactile, visual and cognitively engaging experience. We’ll do more long-form storytelling, while retaining the voices you have loved for so many years. We’ll introduce fresh faces as well.
More so than that, we’re improving the physical look and feel of the magazine, taking in all of the feedback you’ve given to our team, and considering what our readers look for in an in-depth—yet contemporary— experience.
It’s a lot of change to navigate, but as an industry, aviation has always excelled when driven forward to innovate its way into better solutions. We feel the same way about Flying.