News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Bristol residents Tim Eaton, 50, and his daughter, Molly, 18, chose an atypical father-daughter bonding activity. Tim, a licensed pilot for 25 years, and Molly, a recent graduate of Mt. Abraham Union High School, were part of a program called Air Combat U.S.A., said the Addison County Independent, They spent just under an hour in flight, each in their separate plane, each with an experienced flight instructor. They practiced flying in formation and learned a few basic air combat maneuvers (the instructors handled the take off and landings). “It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced,” said Molly. “Yeah, this isn’t your basic ride at the fair,” Tim added. Molly is headed to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida to major in aeronautical science. The cost to participate in the program is pricey at $1,400 per person, but the experience? Priceless.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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