I don't know about you, but here in Michigan there's not a lot of money to go around. In fact, aviation in Michigan is stagnant at best, declining at worse. The other day I went out to a local feeder airport and it was dead - nothing going on at all, empty hangars and no one manning the airport managers office or in the terminal building. So, where is all the money? In particular, where is all the aviation money? Not here, for sure. So, I did a little searching and ran across this article which talks about an interesting exhibition which takes place every February - called "Big Boy Toys" - in ... Abu Dhabi, of course! With business aviation in most of the world trying to convince buyers that, unlike President Obama's view of business aviation, it is all about efficiency and productivity and not "luxurious living." Of course, President Obama doesn't need business aviation when he has an entire fleet of Air Force aircraft to call upon to transport his wife and children to Spain, his minions to the far-flung reaches of the world, and "on call" for the President waits his Boeing 747 - ready to jet off to anywhere in the world! And all of the major aircraft manufacturers will be in Abu Dhabi next February with their wares on show for the people who really have all the money. So, if you are down in the dumps over your flying job, and think aviation is dying, check out this video: So, enjoy your Labor Day grilling hot dogs and hamburgers while our money keeps traveling overseas. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7As you know, birds do not have sexual organs because they would interfere with flight. [In fact, this was the big breakthrough for the Wright Brothers. They were watching birds one day, trying to figure out how to get their crude machine to fly, when suddenly it dawned on Wilbur. "Orville," he said, "all we have to do is remove the sexual organs!" You should have seen their original design.] As a result, birds are very, very difficult to arouse sexually. You almost never see an aroused bird. So when they want to reproduce, birds fly up and stand on telephone lines, where they monitor telephone conversations with their feet. When they find a conversation in which people are talking dirty, they grip the line very tightly until they are both highly aroused, at which point the female gets pregnant.— Dave Barry, 'Sex and the Single Amoebae.' ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!