General aviation in New York's Lower Hudson Valley hasn't been hit as hard as some might have expected. "It's been a pleasant surprise," says Matt Tary, a Piper sales manager with Columbia Aircraft Sales. "It hasn't been as bad as we thought it would be." A local newspaper reporter took the controls of a Cirrus SR22 is researching this story about GA in the region after Tary contacted him to help get the message out that "there are a lot of everyday average people who get a lot of joy out of flying."

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