We are now one month after the launch of my book Aviation Chicago Timeline. Although no champagne bottles were smashed on the spine, it was a memorable event.

About 50 people, both aviators and enthusiasts, attended the open house. In addition to see both hardcover and paperback editions hot-off-the-press, guest browsed both a static display and watched a PowerPoint in the background about the history of Pal-Waukee Air Port (Chicago Executive Airport).

Since then, sales have progressed at a better than expected pace. The Aviation Chicago store ( https://aviation-chicago.com/store ) has sold nearly 100 copies. One company at Chicago Executive Airport ordered 18 copies to use as gifts. In addition, IngramSpark, our printer and distributer, has sold an additional 35, two-thirds of which were hardcover. Overall, hardcover sales are roughly 30% of our total sales. A customer in the UK even purchased a copy.

But this isn’t the end. Early in the new year, ebook coders will create versions for Nook, Kindle, Apple and other major formats. They should be available by the end of the first quarter.

Personally, I am preparing a new PowerPoint highlighting some of the most interesting items from the book. Please let me know which ones you think should be included. Drop me a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

[Photograph courtesy of Chicago Executive Airport]