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  • 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...
  • The Real Issue

    - Wednesday January 23, 2008
    I have been keeping up with the presidential campaigning and now suffer from "electile dysfunction"—meaning I am not aroused by any of the candidates. I have a bad case of it. I am serious as a heart attack about this. The would-be candidates...
  • On a Visit to Meacham Field in Ft. Worth ...

    - Wednesday January 23, 2008
    ... a surprise inspection from TSA. I had a bit of extra time on my way to do a story on Texas Aviation Services (which will appear in the February issue of AIRPORT BUSINESS), and stopped to visit Reed Pigman, long-time owner of Texas Jet and the...
  • Yingling & Cessna

    - Thursday January 17, 2008
    Cessna signed up its very first dealership—Yingling Aviation in Wichita—60 years ago. Now Yingling and Cessna are working with each other in a new arena for both. Yingling has announced that the company will be one of three domestic...
  • 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...