The Miracle of the Season


Three of my favorite things in one place: small aircraft, good beer, and the hometown vibe.


Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, whose impressive business and brewing ascent I have chronicled over the years, and which is located right next to the Redlands Municipal Airport, unveiled its Double IPA this past weekend. I'll be there to check it out tomorrow. If you've already been to the Inland Empire and have given it a try, let me know. I will report on my findings

As a sign of the general betterment of America, you're starting to see more and more brewpubs located next to small airports. Here's another nice instance from the West Coast and one in the Midwest. To preempt a predictable round of tut-tutting messages, I will note that in all such places, the operating motto is, "First fly (and land), then have a beer." *

* When I'm feeling earnest some day, I'll describe how very much more careful the piloting community is, in my observation, about the "eight hours from bottle to throttle" rule than is the driving public about the driving-and-drinking mix. Eg, alcohol is thought to be a factor in three to five percent of small-plane incidents, versus 40 to 50 percent of car crashes. Fortunately, there is no comparable time-out period for a "throttle to bottle" transition once you're on the ground and out of the plane.
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James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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