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  Marcus Bates Responded

The Editorial by Craig Peyton was well done. As a 7500 hr 70 yr old pilot I agree with his analysis that the AOPA is a rich mans mag; but he should mention the EAA has nurished aviation for those who must fly on a shoe string. And he should concentrate on the negative aspects of the evil FAA; the primary cause of the demise of private aviation. Further, I object to paying for young people to solo; they must earn this acheivement by working part time. Why, its costs half as much to solo as it did in 1953. The $75 I charged for gaurenteed SOLO corresponds to $1,150 nowadays which will pay for more than two students to solo today. But I want to see more Editorials by Craig Peyton, and a militant attitude towards the FAA. Most people past 70 that are still working for a living are anti Govt anyway. I certainly am. Good luck and happy landings. Marcus Bates Odessa Texas (just to make it easier for the Feds to locate me).

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E-mail: marcus@nwol.net

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