Vern spoke at the VLJ Forum in November and dispensed the Raburn brand of wisdom to an attentive audience. In this holiday season, the world is troubled in so many ways. If only we could sit at the feet of the master to receive more revealed truth. Civilization is blessed in that Raburn is the gift that keeps on giving.
Vern is speaking in February at a seminar held by the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. The Journal is the oldest scholarly periodical in the English language devoted primarily to the legal and economic problems affecting aviation and space; it has a worldwide circulation with more than 2,300 subscribers in 54 countries.
We are lucky to have received an advance copy of Vern’s prepared remarks:
“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, dudes and dudettes. My name is Vern Raburn. Some have called me the Father of the Very Light Jet – I’m not sure about that but I would certainly be named in any paternity suit. Others have identified me as the Grand Panjandrum or Exalted Vizier of the VLJ Revolution. I accept this with my characteristic modesty and note that I received the Collier Trophy and Cabot Award.
The name of the Journal contains the words Air, Law and Commerce and I’d like to address each of these topics. I’ve had a lot of experience with air, especially heating it to temperatures well above ambient. I have considerable involvement with the law… in fact my legacy is keeping a whole herd of lawyers busy in Delaware and elsewhere.
It is commerce that I would like to address in detail. Some have questioned our success during my tenure at Eclipse Aviation. We did spend quite a bit of money. In fact our spending would exceed the gross domestic product of some small countries. But these funds were invested wisely. The list of technical advances incorporated in the Eclipse 500 is awesome: cutting-edge avionics, brakes, tires, windows, pitot tubes, trim tabs, throttle quadrants, digital engine controls, bleed air systems, environmental controls and novel metal welding techniques.
However in spite of brilliant design and execution, our company was laid low by the global economic crisis. It is clear now that Eclipse Aviation was the miner’s canary in the worldwide financial meltdown. We were the recession’s earliest victim and the skies would be darkened with VLJs had we not encountered these impossible conditions. I expect that MBAs for generations to come will study our business case.
I am heartened by the financial bailout package just announced for two of the big three automobile makers. I have an appointment with President Obama about Eclipse Aviation – the company may not be too big to fail, but it is too important to let slide. I have soap in my hole; er no, no. I have hope in my soul that Barrack Obama will listen to my appeal. After all the Eclipse 500 is the greenest jet out there and the only one able to sequester carbon as it flies.
Thank you, and now I will take a few questions."
As usual, I'll remind our readers Black Tulip is our resident satirist, and that the tulip mania peaked in the Netherlands during the 1630s. The black tulip was the most sought after, until found to be biologically impossible.