Count me as one who is frustrated by the removal of Mike Dowell and M&M Aviation as operator of the Whiteside County Airport for at least the past 21 years.
Three things come to mind:
1) I have chartered flights through the airport for my photography business; Mike and his people are always very accommodating to my needs, and have kept prices affordable.
2) I had serious intentions of starting work on my pilot’s license this fall or winter through Mike. That’s all flown out the window now, as the new manager reportedly has no accredited flight school to offer. Nonetheless, I would follow M&M because of their years of experience, reputation and trustworthiness.
3) The airport is owned by Whiteside County and overseen by the County Board, a body of elected officials. As such, they owe us, the taxpayers, some accountability. Hence, as a taxpayer and property owner, I am telling you, the County Board, that I would like an explanation as to this recent turn of events, because there appears to be no logical explanation other than pure politics, and because your nonsensical management style is forcing me to either forfeit or seriously change one of my life’s dreams.
And to Dave Koster, who feels commercial airlines are cheaper than charter flights: you need to explain to me how I can get American Airlines to fly one of their two-seaters to Rock Falls for one of my photo flights, or how they could do the same thing to fly me to Nashville round trip for a photo job, and do it all cheaper than M&M?
Note to readers: David Fox is owner of Lordscapes Photography.