Soar We Now . . . 2021

It’s Good Friday.  I hope you can take some time off and indeed say  “Christ the Lord is Risen,”  As Charles Wesley wrote, circa 1739 –

Soar we now where Christ has led;
Following our exalted Head;
Made like him, like him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!

Your Glory hidden in creation is now revealed in Christ.

1 Cor. 15:1-8; & 12-28; 1 Tim 1:17

Clouds rising. Tribute to Soar we now, Charles Wesley, 1739
Clouds rising. Tribute to “Soar we now . . . . ” Charles Wesley, 1739

March is Women’s History Month

Celebrating women in history this month. One hundred years ago, Amelia Earhart was taking flying lessons. Even today, she remains in the news for her accomplishments and pursuit of goals. Although Amelia may be most frequently mentioned in discussions surrounding her disappearance on the circumnavigation attempt in 1937 she achieved celebrity status in her lifetime for different reasons. Amelia personified the pursuit of adventure, determination, and breaking of norms. She was a strong promoter of air travel and women in aviation and women in new world roles.

MeLinda Schnyder, aviation and travel writer, published 10 anecdotes about Earhart’s life in honor of Women’s History Month. Here are ten things you might not know about A.E.

  • Amelia designed a roller coaster at age seven.
  • She called Atchison Kansas her hometown
  • She had plenty of nicknames: Meeley or Millie, A.E. in correspondence, Queen of the Air, Lady Lindy.
  • She learned to fly before learning to drive a car
  • She loved fast, open, sporty cars
  • She was an influencer
  • She used her celebrity for good
  • She was a fashion innovator
  • She insisted The New York Times and other media use her professional name – Amelia Earhart.
  • She had a short but record-setting flying career.


MeLinda Schnyder, “Aspects of Amelia Earhart That Might Surprise You. Celebrating Women’s History Month With Little-Known Facts About Legendary Pilot,” AOPA, March 3, 2021

The Value of Shared Aircraft Ownership

It’s understood that costs differ by airplane type and with the passage of time, but a good valuation framework facilitates discussions, cost measurements, and process improvements. Our five-year case study on “The Value of Shared Aircraft Ownership” involved a $400,000 high-performance airplane, but the methodology can be applied to most aircraft co-ownerships.  The study also included information gleaned from hundreds of pilot discussions about airplane expenses and co-ownership issues.

Three co-owners each realized $169,000 in value through shared ownership of a high-performance Cirrus Turbo airplane over a five-year period.  The study identified $74,000 in direct expense savings per member compared to single-pilot ownership over five years. The analysis also quantified the value of member-contributed capital for airplane acquisition at $90,000 and goodwill from co-ownership formation at $5,000.

A three-step quantitative method was applied, which included establishing a valuation framework, organizing costs, and calculating values. The valuation framework included four categories: variable costs, fixed costs, acquisition capital, and co-ownership goodwill.

Variable Costs were items which increased or decreased relative to flight hours, such as fuel, oil, magnetos, brakes, tires, and engine.  Fixed Costs included expenses incurred regardless of flight hours. These costs typically expired based on calendar months, for example, hangar, insurance and life-limited items, such as annuals, AmSafe airbags, CAPS, etc.  Acquisition Capital came from member contributed capital.  Goodwill was derived from the formation of a successful co-ownership.

“The Value of Shared Aircraft Ownership,” by Jeffrey S. Brewer was published in Cirrus Pilot Magazine, April 2020. You can receive the “The Value of Shared Aircraft Ownership” 5-year case study for free, which includes information not previously published. Get the free Case Study

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Being a Pilot is one of the best jobs according to U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report scored being a pilot one of the best jobs with an overall 6.8 out of 10 rating.

  • #3 in Best Social Service Jobs
  • #14 in Best Paying Jobs
  • #26 in 100 Best Jobs

“No single job suits all of us, but many of the best ones have a few attributes in common: They pay well, challenge us year after year, match our talents and skills, aren’t too stressful, offer room to advance throughout our careers, and provide a satisfying work-life balance. Whether the position is in demand is also a consideration among job seekers. U.S. News uses theses qualities to rank the 100 Best Jobs of 2021.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics groups pilots into just two categories: airline and commercial. They define airline pilots as working scheduled airlines in the movement of people and cargo. Commercial pilots are defined as performing unscheduled flights for corporations, wealthy individuals, aerial tours, charter flights and agriculture. Air ambulance services is expected to be a large area of growth for commercial pilots. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 4.8 percent employment growth for pilots between 2019 and 2029.

Pilots made a median salary of $121,430 in 2019. The top 25% quartile comp was $208,000. The lower 25% quartile comp was $83,880.

Reference: U.S. News and World Report, January 2021

Internal TestFlight of Connecting Aviators app is underway

App Store TestFlight, which is part of Apple’s SDK tools for developers, makes it easy to test apps and collect valuable feedback prior to formal release. Our developers created version 1.0 and uploaded it to TestFlight.

Currently, internal team members are testing the app. Participants receive an email invite which allows them to download TestFlight from the App Store. Testers can to turn on automatic updates to ensure they’re always testing the latest build of the Connecting Aviators® app.

Internal Team members are evaluating version 1.0, build 8 of the app as of January 29,2021.

External Testers will be invited to evaluate the Connecting Aviators app in the near future. Are you ready to be an App TestFight pilot? You must be a pilot in the United States. Submit a contact form request through this website. After you’re cleared, you’ll receive an invite to access TestFlight from the App Store when external pilot testing begins.

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A New Year 2021

As we enter the new year, we’re focusing on new beginnings. There’s no forgetting the vicious global pandemic, yet there’s help arriving with the scheduling of vaccines. We hope you and your family are able to stay healthy and safe.

Our Connecting Aviators® Interactive Aviator Software which helps pilots find, connect and share their passion for flying with fellow aviators is a new beginning. Stay tuned for dev updates. We’ll also report on GA market trends and the value of shared aircraft ownerships during 2021.

High Flight 2020

“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
 of sun-split clouds, –
And done a hundred things
 You have not dreamed of —
Wheeled and soared and swung
 high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along,
And flung
 my eager craft through footless halls of air . . .

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew;

And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and [sought the shekinah glory] of God.”

In memory of the author: John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (b. June 9, 1922 – d. December 11, 1941); an American aviator with RCAF and son of Christian Missionaries. References: Isa 58:14; PS 19:1; Ex 33:18-23; 2 Chr 7:14

We trust your flying this year was remarkable and wish your best dreams of flight become a reality in the New Year.