Dick collins pay it forward, play it straight – avweb insider article electricity storage association

I had written an ambitious press kit and six or seven autopilot and color radar brochures— not bad for a rookie in-house agency guy. My boss, Tony Huebsch, was a hands-off pro and let me do the work. Apparently, he was pleased with me, but Tony was not a back-slapping, attaboy kind of boss.

So a week after the press event, Tony called me into the office on the intercom. “There’s something I want you to see,” was all he said. Tony reached over his desk and handed me an unfolded letter, clearly from Flying magazine. It was from Dick Collins; a thank-you note.

More pleasantries. But Dick also devoted a paragraph to my young self, naming me as someone who did a good job, professionally. He sent it not to me—but to my boss. Tony didn’t add any comments. But it was a boost from Dick Collins, editor of Flying, that I never forgot.

I ran into Dick over the years while working as a marcomm manager for Collins, Sperry Flight Systems and as the original at my own marketing agency. It was good to know that he was on top of his game as captain of that iconic monthly that I still love.

WOW! Anyone who ever considers buying a high end complex piston airplane ought to read that article. GREAT read. I agree with some of the commenters … the airplane shoulda gone to a museum somewhere. So much for the idea of a "certificated" airplane.

Reading the tribulations he had with 40RC, I had to laugh. About the time that airplane was born, I worked evenings after duty hours as an A&P at the Edwards AFB Aero Club. We had a cartoon joke on the wall in the maintenance office showing three mechanics. Two were talking and the third had crashed right through a wall and was running away full speed while simultaneously pulling his hair out. The caption … "All I told him was that we were buying another turbocharged Mooney." 🙂 Whenever I showed up and it was time to do a 100hr or annual on our Mooney, the Chief mechanic wouldn’t have to say anything … he’d just be standing there with a speed handle, point at a creeper and smile. Sounds like his P210 could just as easily fit that same caption. RIP.

I also had to laugh when he commented about the non-standard method to repair the alternator. I’ve done that a time or two. In fact, a new rebuilt Ford alternator from a ‘reputable’ remanufacturer came to me with obvious dragging internally and incorrect resistance and was NFG and had to be replaced before first use while a rebuilt Prestolite alternator done by "Auto" aero is still running strong elsewhere. But, hey … the remanufacturer is ISO 9001. Go figure.

With respect to ‘certified’ airplanes, just look at what the FAA did with S-LSA. They off loaded the control over (and liability for) those airplanes to the manufacturers who are free to do as they please with respect to maintenance and parts. So — on top of everything else — a S-LSA buyer has to beware of this subtle point. An AN3-4A bolt, for example, could be re-numbered a XY12345 and sold for 10 times the cost of the identical AN part and you have to use THEIR part to be legal. HIS disdain for the ‘Agency’ mirrors my own.