Two newspapers are perused for AKM clippings almost every day: published in Peoria, Illinois but with the name and base of operations in Springfield, the State Journal-Register is the local conduit, and its coverage of aviation throughout the state, particularly emanating from Springfield is good. I can afford to subscribe to the special Thursday — Sunday editions which are delivered by an exceptionally dedicated news delivery person, usually placed inside my front storm door no later than 5:30 every Thurs. — Sun. morning. I also save the papers delivered Monday — Friday at my employer. Often this nets two clips of the same local news Thursdays and Friday.
The FBO (fixed base operator, where they fuel and maintain visiting airplanes) host of AKM subscribes to three issues of Wall Street Journal Monday — Saturday. Their coverage of the same news was considerably more than the hometown press. Rightfully so, given the interest of the investor community in the new commercial frontier beginning to “get off the ground,” so to speak.
Sometimes crews of business jets transiting through the FBO deposit newspapers passengers have already read or decided not to read. On December 14, two more newspapers were deposited on the FBO’s counter, and I was fortunate to have been offered both by the local counter crew. Both were accepted gratefully. I consider New York Times to have published the most important coverage of the three which featured the story, thanks to be expanded graphics. The issue of USA Today, the fourth newspaper did not have coverage of the Allen venture, but it did have a story that was clipped and is now part of the archive.
If I could afford to subscribe to WSJ or the NYT, I would go with WSJ primarily because of its variety of aviation coverage. Easily four of every six issues I see during a good week have coverage of airline companies, articles about airline travel, the military scene (including super pics of the new Chinese stealth fighter several months ago and the general aviation scene, including the fine piece about the new non-aviation CEO at Hawker, the prime name at Hawker Beech. The WSJ issues become part of AKM ONLY when they are not picked up by crews and passengers passing through the FBO. The company’s raison detre for the three copies is a courtesy to those who buy fuel and services; not to give AKM free copies. Even so, when there is a copy or two left at 6:30 or so, and the crew at the counter knows no more flights are scheduled in or out, the copies are cheerfully shared with yours truly. Most of the time, when they can’t spare them because slated flight personnel MAY take them, the counter crew slide them under my office door less than 10 feet from the lobby service counter, and I discover them waiting for me the next morning when I arrive at times ranging from 5:02 to 8:30 am to do as much as I can before departing for my part-time employer.
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