By Dave Sclair
Times change and hopefully we will be able to change with it.
In February 1983 I published the first directory of residential airparks. It was a special section in what is today General Aviation News, then known as Western Flyer. About eight years later I started producing a newsletter for those of us interested in residential airparks.
Well, the directory has grown and developed and now contains more than 480 airparks in almost every state of the United States plus Canada and several other foreign countries.
The newsletter is now an 8-page quarterly product that goes to approximately 1,000 people on a regular basis.
After more than 20 years of printing a directory in both the newspaper and as a stand-alone product for subscribers to Living With Your Plane we realized that having it produced online was a better way to go. As soon as a directory is printed it is out-of-date and when you deal with 480 entities, virtually all of them supported by volunteers, getting changes is extremely difficult.
With the directory online, as new information or additions to the list (or deletions in rare cases) are received, I can instantly get those changes made and the directory thus can be more accurate and useful.
Since 2002 we have added or made changes to more than 60 airparks, many of which are completely new listings.
Now, after considerable agonizing, I’ve decided the time is right to make a major change to the newsletter.
The newsletter is going to be produced online from now on. Instead of doing something quarterly, it will be updated monthly with new information and ideas.
You will get an e-mail notice as soon as the new newsletter is available and all you’ll have to do is click on the link to read it. You will also be able to respond to articles published and have your input available to others. This will facilitate the sharing of information among all subscribers and make residential airpark living and development better and easier. Being online will makesurveys easier to do.
What I do need from each of you is a current e-mail address so I can add you to the list and send you a prompt notice when the new information is online.
With the change to online service, obviously our costs are reduced. There’s no printing and postage required. As a result, I’m lowering the cost of subscribing to Living With Your Plane from $35 (or $50 for a new subscription) to just $20 for new or renewals. I hope this will encourage you to spread the word to your friends so I can reach more people and make more improvements to the directory and newsletter.
Please send your e-mail address to me right away by going to www.livingwithyourplane.com Click on “subscribe” and input only your e-mail address and name since you already are a subscriber. That will allow me to update your file.
I know many of you subscribed by e-mail over the last couple years but I think everyone recognizes that e-mail addresses change quite frequently so I’m asking for you to update yours.