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  • 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...
  • Pilot and Controller Shortages ...

    - Wednesday December 19, 2007
    ... are all over the news, and it would appear we are an industry at a crossroad. With pilots, the answer lies in getting new trained bodies into the cockpit; with controllers, the answer lies in technology. However, in both instances, one has to wonder...
  • Good News/Bad News

    - Friday December 14, 2007
    Surprise, Surprise! Airline travel hit record highs over Thanksgiving, with very few problems. Dire troubles were predicted, but things went smoothly. According to Forbes.com, there were four reasons: Travelers are finally figuring out the new...
  • AMTSociety Scholarships

    - Wednesday December 12, 2007
    Getting an A&P certificate isn't cheap. Taking advanced courses once you have your A&P can also be quite expensive. AMTSociety wants to help. It has announced the launch of AMTSociety AMTScholarships. The scholarships were created to financially assist...
  • Comments negative

    - Thursday December 6, 2007
    Last week, to make a long story short, I expressed my doubts that any airline "Passenger Bill of Rights" would provide more benefits than costs. We received two comments doubting that I knew what the hell I was talking about. First, my old and good...
  • 10-foot Panel Falls Off Aircraft

    - Thursday December 6, 2007
    I like to keep up with industry news (and world news for that matter). From time to time in this blog, I have commented on some strange news items that I have seen come across the newswires. There was the story of an Air Force staff sergeant who was...
  • On Aviation Reauthorization, or ...

    - Wednesday December 5, 2007
    ... why is it that the most powerful legislative body on the planet can be so impotent? Of course, much of it has to do with living in the current age of politics by division, or derision. The greatest fear of lobbyists has been realized: We are...
  • Outsourcing Maintenance

    - Thursday November 29, 2007
    Outsourcing is a growing trend. Employees in all industries are seeing their employers outsourcing more and more work -- some to U.S. contractors, some to foreign countries. Aircraft maintenance outsourcing has been in the news again recently. As we...