Excellence is abound in N.M.

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By Hal Rhodes

We forget our excellence. This is understandable. Stuff that works is boring. Or at least seriously less interesting than a murder trial featuring 10 or so sexual relationships.
A report headlined, “State could be a big player in drone industry,” ran July 7 in the Albuquerque Journal. Part of the story, supported by a map, discussed New Mexico State University’s drone testing activity that dates to 2001. Excellence in action. Here are more examples.
New Mexico has other experience with flying machines with long thin bodies and wide wings — gliders. The 12,500-member Soaring Society of America is headquartered in Hobbs and has been there for a while. Think about it: 12,500 people plus friends and families with a focus on New Mexico. To the north, from Moriarty, Sundance Aviation offers glider rides and rental (soarsundance.com).
In Albuquerque, Eclipse Aerospace, the successor to the ballyhooed Eclipse Aviation, quietly, so far as I know, goes about its business of making airplanes.
Also in the air, recreational balloon gatherings occur around the state. Besides Albuquerque, events are in Taos, White Sands, Gallup and Elephant Butte.

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