Autumn Leaves and Bloody Marys


The offer to fly a light aircraft over Boston and into New Hampshire was difficult to refuse. The colours of autumn leaves in the American North East are stunning – seeing them from the air is a rare treat. Flying small planes in the UK is a pretty casual affair. You show up at a tiny airport with a storied history; many airfields in the South East served as bases for Spitfires in World War 2. You take off and land from a bumpy grass runway, the nearest homes less than 100 feet beneath your wheels. The clubhouses date from the war era (as do the toilets and the plumbing). Flying in America is a little more structured. Without the requisite security pass I was told that I couldn’t even use the Port-a-Potty without an escort!  We pulled up next to a row of small hangars. My friend 20/20 man casually revealed that he’d built our tiny aircraft himself. 20/20 man builds machine vision systems for robots when…

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