Pilot Gerry Flaugher of Poplar Grove, Ill., flies a Ford Tri-Motor over Valparaiso, Ind., during a demonstration flight originating from the Porter County Regional Airport in Valparaiso, Ind., Monday, October 3, 2011. The aircraft, built in 1929, is one of seven left in the world that is still able to fly.
Whenever I have a photo assignment that involves flying, there’s a common theme that runs through every FBO I walk into. Everyone is always smiling and in a good mood! For those not obsessed with aviation lingo, an FBO at an airport is a “fixed base operator” — basically a company that provides services for airplanes and pilots. They’re places where a pilot can purchase fuel, rent a car, grab a snack, check the weather, or just sit down and relax. Whether pilots at FBO’s are just starting their journeys or taking breaks from one, it seems to be a rare occurrence to encounter one with a salty disposition.