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Most businesspeople hate business travel. And while many begrudgingly accept airport hassles as a fact of life, Linda Ann Scura found a way to take control of her own business travel schedule--by flying the plane herself.

Traversing a four-state area wasn't easy for Scura, one of three partners in the Wayland, New York-based book publishing company, Indus Publishing Corp., they started in 1996. With the company's printer, distributor and one partner scattered from Michigan to New York, much of Scura's workdays were spent driving between airports and her rural home or waiting in airports for connecting flights.

Scura, 54, began taking flying lessons three years ago and earned her pilot's license eight months later. She invested in a plane with one of her partners, a fellow aviator. "My plane can take four passengers for an extended distance," Scura says. "It became invaluable as far as being able to have a small business and do it my way."

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GRAFOR Manufacturing Laboratories Inc., La Rambla Fourth St., #376, Ponce, PR 00731, (787) 842-1423

Indus Publishing Corp., fax: (716) 728-9756,

Pro-Pride Inc., phone/fax: (770) 932-9458.

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