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Fri, Apr 04, 2008

Aero-TV Special Report: College Park Airport Remains A Victim Of 9/11 (#3 of 3)

A Very Important 3-Part Documentary On The Most Famous of the "DC-3"

They called them the 'DC-3.' Three of the nation's most interesting and vital airports were restricted, strangled and severely punished for the fact that they were located in somewhat close proximity to the nation's capital... and after 9/11, that was a bad thing, indeed. The most celebrated of these airports is College Park Airport, in Maryland... and is none other than the world's oldest continuously operated airport.

College Park Airport's history is a storied one... as it was established in 1909 after Wilbur Wright came to the field to train two military officers to fly in the government's first aeroplane. The facility is now the world's oldest continuously operated airport, and is the site of many significant aviation firsts. College Park Airport, known as the "Cradle of Aviation," is an active airport serving the needs of aircraft pilots, and is also a site for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts. In 1977 the airport was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

In the paranoia that followed the tragedy of 9/11, the kneejerks in Washington decided that severely restricting a lovely little airport on the outskirts of DC was somehow a major security issue. College Park Airport Manager Lee Schiek wrote ANN, several years ago, of the travesties foisted upon his and the two other DC airports in the name of national security... "After 93 years of operation, our federal government has decided that this bucolic little general aviation facility must be slowly choked out of existence and sacrificed on the holy alter of National Security. The year-old temporary flight restrictions imposed  upon College Park Airport(CGS), Hyde Field (W32) and Potomac Airfield (VKX) have now been arbitrarily extended for another two years. That action may very well destroy three previously vibrant general aviation airports, no doubt to the subtle satisfaction of our federal architects of security. The airports' assassinations will not be quick and humane, but slow and drawn-out, Inquisition-style. Not wanting any bureaucratic blood on their hands in the event of negative press, the feds are now free to shrug their collective shoulders and claim "lack of market response" as the "real" culprit leading up to the government's Final Solution for these airports. The fact that federal zealotry resulted in the seizure of 99+% of their customer-base won't even qualify as a footnote in any future administrative autopsies."

For nearly seven years, College Park has held on, barely, to its existence... and even started to recover a bit -- so very slowly... as a few pilots begin to understand the value of an airport great enough to jump through all the ridiculous security hoops TSA places in front of them.

So... will they survive? Aero-TV spent some time with Lee Schiek, who talked openly about what they endured and what they must have, in the future, if they are to survive. Join Aero-TV and Lee Schiek in a frank discussion of the trials and tribulations of College Park Airport.

Join Aero-TV In Part Three
Of The Whole Story Of College Park's Struggle

About Aero-TV: It's DEFINITELY Show Time!!!!

OK, folks, here we go... we are NOW initiating the first feature programming series for Aero-TV... we're going to take it slow, but we're also going to try and be steady about this. DO UNDERSTAND that this is the most complex media program we've ever undertaken and what you're seeing is just the tip of the iceberg... but from here on out, we will be doing our best to educate, inform, and entertain YOU about all aspects of the exciting worlds of aviation and aerospace. 

If you've been an observer of the media and associated media industries over the last few years, it's not hard to mistake the fact that a massive revolution is taking place. Old sources for news and information are falling by the wayside, having to change their modus operandi or risk obsolescence (or extinction). Electronic media and print media are both under the assault of progress, and the online world has been a cornerstone for revolutionary change.

We've been ready to go for a while, but to be honest, there's so much more to this program than we've alluded to, and so we've been building and planning a massive new organization within ANN. That said, we're hiring talented new people as fast as we can find them (a far more difficult task than we had imagined -- REALLY good people are hard to find), and we're brainstorming at speeds that would make a deorbiting Space Shuttle feel like a slug. Suffice it to say that we wanted to do this right, rather than right-now, and that the development of this program has been the most carefully pursued undertaking we've ever undertaken. 

E-I-C Note: The complete feature shown above is embedded in this story, with most of the slick and useful functionality otherwise available on the main Aero-TV site (which will be upgraded aggressively over the next few weeks). The ability to embed a video on another web page is but one of the hundreds of amazing little features that we've worked hard on, for many months now, to implement in different phases of the initial release of Aero-TV. It is, BY NO MEANS, the only way to enjoy unaltered Aero-TV programming on other parts of the web... as we have extensive plans for future functionality, but this feature allows those with an interest in a specific Aero-TV News or Feature program to embed it on a different web site, though we must note that we reserve the right to forbid such use for those sites or purposes that we do not feel fit in with the proper mission of the Aero-News Network, Inc.  

Webmasters or Administrators of well-trafficked aviation or aerospace related sites, are welcome to contact the Publisher to start conversations on how they may be able to leverage some of the immense power of Aero-TV programming for their sites and constituency by clicking the I Want Aero-TV For MY Website! link.

Coming Soon!

ANN Is Proud to Present An EXTENSIVE Three Part Series On The College Park Airport Controversy!, Aero-TV Shows You How To Build A Glasair Sportsman 2+2 in RECORD TIME, Flies The Piper Matrix, Hears What's Hot At Blue Mountain Avionics, Gets Some GREAT Rotax Lessons, Gets Updated On ALL Things Lopresti, Has A FUN Chat With Corkey Fornof, Sees What Happens When AMTs Compete, Checks Out The Ltest in Life-Raft technologies, Checks Out More "HIGH" Tech at I/ITSEC 2007, Hears From AOPA On Critical Aviation Issues, Spills Some Juicy (and HIGHLY Detailed) Cirrus G3 Info, Scores A BUNCH of LSA Reports, and SO MUCH MORE!!!!! Do NOT Miss Them!

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