July 28, 2011
Dave Sclair, who for many years was the publisher of the General Aviation News until he retired about 10 years ago, died on Tuesday. He started to fly in the 1960s, and soon started publishing news for the general aviation and the ultralight community. In 1990, he started General Aviation News, a large-format newspaper distributed across the U.S. His wife, Mary Lou, became his co-publisher, and his children Ben and Robyn now are co-publishers of the publication, which is based in Lakewood, Wash. "Dave Sclair has left an indelible mark of journalistic excellence on the general aviation industry," said Phil Boyer, former president of AOPA. "The fruit of his hard work will be harvested well into the future because he built a family business that will carry his mark for decades to come."
Sclair's contributions were recognized by AOPA in 1991, when he earned the Max Karant Award for Lifetime Excellence in Aviation Coverage. He and his wife also published a blog, Living With Your Plane, which aims to provide useful information to anyone who lives on an airpark, or would like to, or would like to build one.