Flying at 180 kt. and 12,000 ft., I am perched high within the Iomax Archangel’s pagoda-like canopy greenhouse in air-conditioned comfort, surveying the countryside of rural North Carolina. A few minutes earlier we had launched from Iomax’s home base in swirling, 20-kt. gusting winds from a 40-ft.-wide strip completely surrounded by pine trees taller than the runway was wide. Based on my view from the forward seat, I could be in a legendary Douglas A-1 Skyraider, although one ...

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