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  • Attracting and Keeping Mechanics

    - Wednesday February 20, 2008
    I have had a few calls and e-mails the past few weeks regarding IA renewals, so I want to start off this week's posting by giving my fellow IAs a friendly reminder -- the March 31 deadline for completing your IA recurrency requirements is fast...
  • Going International ...

    - Wednesday February 20, 2008
    ... is a growing target for many U.S. airports. More and more, the concept of a new era of international travel is taking root. Two central factors for the movement: Open Skies agreements and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, now under development. The Bush...
  • Customer Service Surprise

    - Friday February 15, 2008
    I just ran into the dangdest example of customer service. We have all heard of the "trip" from hell, but this was the "ticket" from hell. I was trying to buy an airline ticket from either Tri-Cities, TN, or Asheville, NC (depending on schedule and...
  • They Pay Me Just Enough

    - Thursday February 14, 2008
    I was reading an article that appeared in Tulsa World yesterday. The article discusses AMTSociety, some of the efforts that Ken MacTiernan and Dennis Hayes have made in promoting AMTSociety, and the upcoming Aviation Industry Expo March 18-20 in Dallas...
  • Back to Square One ...

    - Wednesday February 13, 2008
    ... on Capitol Hill. The U.S. House this week passed a continuing resolution to continue to fund FAA and the aviation system through June 30. The Senate is expected to follow suit. Meanwhile, the leaders in the House are urging the Senate to pass a...
  • Shout Hallelujah!

    - Friday February 8, 2008
    When writing for the public one has a responsibility to stick to the subject, write about things of interest to the audience, and otherwise behave in a dignified fashion. But every now and then one must shout, "To hell with all that. I got something to...
  • First Female Harrier Mechanic Retires

    - Thursday February 7, 2008
    Her name is Major Lou Ann Rickley. Rickley recently retired from the United States Marine Corps after 30 years of blazing a trail of firsts. She became a legend in the Corps as the first female Harrier engine mechanic. According to an article by...
  • Tepid Days, Cold Nights in Savannah ...

    - Wednesday February 6, 2008
    ... but all was hot on the trade show floor and in assorted conference rooms at this year’s NBAA 19th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. As a steady stream of freighters and tankers meandered through downtown up the Savannah River...
  • For Shame!

    - Friday February 1, 2008
    I saw a most disturbing video this week on AVSIG. The video camera was focused on two girls in the back seat of a four-place general aviation aircraft in flight. One was throwing up into a bag. The other didn’t look much happier. The pilot...
  • Security Screening for Airline Employees

    - Thursday January 24, 2008
    This blog falls into the "What the heck are they thinking?" category. Last April, I wrote about a couple of idiots who smuggled guns and drugs on a flight. That incident caused the TSA, Congress and airline representatives to discuss whether or not...