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22 July 2022 - Gigantic Change Coming for Thinking Outloud
After something like 15 years of blogging in this space, I've decided I have to face realities and catch up with the times. And my life situation. As of today I'm starting a new Thinking Out Loud outlet on Substack.com. It will no longer be updated on Airbum.com. The new URL is budddavisson.substack.com. Right now it is free, but somewhere down the pike I'm going to start charging for part of the new content. I hate to do this, but as with so many others, I'm running out of time so I have to make as much of it pay for itself as possible.
For the most part, if you don't want to subscribe to the paying part of Substack, you'll still get some free stuff, but you won't have access to  much of the new materials or a whole lot of new features I'm going to work in like audio pilot reports, new written pireps, more and varied Neat Sh*t galleries, etc. To put it in very blunt terms, making a buck is getting harder and harder so I have to keep getting smarter and smarter. The fee for the paid portions will be $5/mo or $50/year. Less than a buck a week.
A good portion of Airbum.com is going to remain as is. But, I'm going to start removing a few sections and may make some of them, like Pilot Reports, available as part of the Substack.com subscription service. Pilot reports is one of the sections I'll be expanding.  These changes will start happening, when I get back from Oshkosh, the week after next. 
I can't begin to explain how this pains me. And I'm not just saying that for effect. I'm saying that because Airbum readers are my family and for the past 15 years or so have been with me through lots of both good and bad times. I hope ya'll understand. And I hope most of you will follow Thinking Out Loud over to Substack.     

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