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  • DOT Introduces an NPRM for Airports ...

    - Wednesday January 16, 2008
    ... and causes a stir. The Wall Street Journal says that the department’s announcement on Monday to allow U.S. airports to impose congestion pricing was “a move that caught the airlines off guard.†Probably not. FAA has been nudging along...
  • Time Flies When the Universe Expands

    - Monday January 14, 2008
    As the editor in chief of AMT, I receive all sorts of press releases. Some of them aren't related to aircraft maintenance, but they are still pitched as containing "relevant and important information" for our readers. I received one of those press...
  • Vero Beach

    - Friday January 11, 2008
    Piper (they finally dropped the "New Piper" name) is in the process of deciding whether to remain in Vero Beach, FL, or to move to another location. In the last few days the city of Vero Beach has hinted that Piper will stay at Vero. No confirmation...
  • Mice on a Plane

    - Wednesday January 9, 2008
    Reuters is reporting that this past Tuesday, Chinese inspectors found eight mice (dead and alive) on a United Airlines aircraft. The airline had reported the unwelcome stowaways to local quarantine officials upon landing in Beijing Sunday after a flight...
  • New Slant on Old News

    - Friday January 4, 2008
    On Monday of this week the cover story of USA TODAY "exposed" the fact that the guvmint "pays a few small airlines $110 million a year" to subsidize flights in and out of small markets. Many of these are short flights, yet the guvmint pays a fortune of...
  • Maintenance Offshoring

    - Thursday January 3, 2008
    Yesterday was my first day back in the office after taking some time off during the Christmas holidays. After I cleaned out my inboxes (both on my desk and e-mail), I sat down to write this week's Technically Speaking blog posting. As I prepared to...
  • To My New-Found Friends, the Controllers...

    - Wednesday January 2, 2008
    ... I’ll take the bait and follow up on my pre-Christmas blog that has generated considerable interest from the NATCA community. If nothing else, it is impressive how controllers rally around anything they see as potentially critical of them...
  • Shock Waves

    - Thursday December 27, 2007
    Well, I had a blog all written for this week, then Benazir Bhutto, former two-time prime minister of Pakistan was murdered. (I refuse to say she was assassinated, because it sounds somehow more acceptable.) I will now deviate from the norm… I...
  • This and That

    - Thursday December 20, 2007
    How come when I make a mistake it’s my problem and I have to solve it? However, when I buy something and the seller goofs up, it’s still my problem? We have AARP prescription coverage. Have had it for more than a year, and they still...
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas...

    - Wednesday December 19, 2007
    ...aviation style. A friend of mine sent me the following poem that puts an aviation twist on the familiar Christmas poem. I don't know who the original author is (it is one of those e-mails that spreads through e-mails like E. coli on...