The Designing Life
This year’s National Air and Space Museum lifetime achievement award winner, Burt Rutan, talks about music, golf and his favorite chair.
- By Perry Turner
- Air & Space magazine, March 2012
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When you do listen to music, what kind do you like?
Interesting, I have never been asked that before! My iPod music playlist has a lot of Elvis gospel, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, Peter, Paul and Mary, John Prine, Leon Russell, Limeliters, Tammy Wynette, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Gordon Lightfoot, and stand-up comedy.
What are some of your other designing rituals: Any favorite desk or chair?
I am big on bean-bag chairs, at least the new ones that are shredded urethane foam, not the old styro beans. I spend a lot of time on a reclining chair in front of my Mac with 30-inch monitors.
Do you follow any sports?
I’m a golf addict. Especially the Major championships and the Ryder Cup. I have played the big courses: Pebble Beach (my dad took me there when the green fees were 15 dollars!), Cyprus Point, St. Andrew’s old, etc. I have played golf with about 20 top pro golfers, including Arnold Palmer.
I have no interest in other sports. Hey, you have no chance to play with the top pros in other sports.
If you were head of the FAA, what would you change?
Throw out as many regs as I could. Get back to individual responsibility, not government-restricted and -regulated flying.
How would you try to revive general aviation?
What would you have become if you hadn't gone into aircraft design?
I think an architect.