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  • Strange Things Are Happening

    - Wednesday November 28, 2007
    Joel Widzer—who has accumulated almost 3,000,000 lifetime flight miles as a passenger—writes for Forbes.com that the much-touted Passenger Bill of Rights should be given up as a bad idea. He makes a most compelling argument by asking the...
  • The Congestion Pricing Solution ...

    - Wednesday November 28, 2007
    ... is back in the airport news, with an eye on New York’s airports. Last Friday’s Wall Street Journal, in an editorial entitled “Airport Solutionsâ€, suggests that “economics offers a better way to manage scarcity: Use prices...
  • On Giving Thanks and Thinking Turkeys ...

    - Wednesday November 21, 2007
    ... amidst an aviation industry swelling at the seams. We live in an era when aviation is thriving, for which many, particularly the airlines, are thankful. Yet the turkey at the table is a system that has not kept pace. New York’s JFK has...
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    - Wednesday November 21, 2007
    Our weekly electronic newsletter is going out a day early this week because of Thanksgiving. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to share some thanks. I would like to thank Kathy Marr (the former publisher of AMT), Michelle Garetson (former...
  • Trust the Government?

    - Tuesday November 20, 2007
    Seems to me I have explained this to the point of tedium, but maybe not. This week someone asked me, "Ralph, how come you don’t trust the government? Do you really think the U. S. Government would lie to you?" No, I don’t think any such...
  • Cataract Surgery

    - Wednesday November 14, 2007
    When was it I first heard about cataract eye surgery? The late fifties? The early sixties? I can’t remember. I do remember being horrified at the very idea. They cut the lens out of your eyeball then put an artificial lens into that same...
  • It Flew In, It'll Fly Out

    - Wednesday November 14, 2007
    You may have heard the phrase, "It flew in, it'll fly out" on the hangar floor before. I have heard it several times, usually in jest when a major defect was found during aircraft inspection. But a New Zealand pilot took this phrase to a whole new level...
  • More Government Oversight

    - Wednesday November 7, 2007
    It has been all over the news -- the Bush administration is pushing for more government oversight in order to restore public confidence in imported products like toys and food. The administration's proposal calls for increased on-site inspections. Instead...
  • The Recent Launch of DayJet Services, LLC ...

    - Wednesday November 7, 2007
    ... truly marks the onset of the era of the very light jets. The official start-up in October of DayJet’s on-demand Part 135 certificated charter service links five Florida cities and their airports. Based in Boca Raton, DayJet is owned by software...
  • Another Legend Gone

    - Wednesday November 7, 2007
    Brigadier General Paul Tibbetts died last week, at the age of 92. He was known to many as the pilot of the Enola Gay, the airplane that dropped the very first atomic bomb in 1945. Actually, he was much more than that. In 1944—when he was not yet 30...