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  • Ramp Rat, D.D.S.

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday January 10, 2012
    With gas way past three dollars a gallon, my long-time Chicago dentist just didn't seem worth the 180-mile trip to my hometown to get my teeth scraped and polished every six months. So last month, I walked into the nearby office of Brian A. Hamann...
  • You're Getting Very Sleepy

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday January 3, 2012
    Before the end of last year, my AMT colleague Ronald Donner posted a blog about FAA's new regulations designed to prevent airline pilots flying while fatigued. The new rules increase pilots' rest periods and set limits on flying time. Ronald asked a...
  • Three Anniversaries

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday December 27, 2011
    Yesterday was the 52nd anniversary of my birth so it made me wonder what aviation-related events I might share with history. I found two. One celebrating an unusual baggage system and both from the Soviet era. 1980 – Aeroflot introduces the...
  • Cargo Opportunities At RFD

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday December 20, 2011
    We spent a cold night last Friday at the Chicago Rockford International Airport watching a 10-man ground crew from Integrated Airline Services spend 90 minutes unloading cargo from a Nippon Cargo Airlines’ 747-400F and transferring it to about eight...
  • ‘Yes, But Other Than That … ’

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday December 13, 2011
    If we're all in a gloomy mood as we close out one year and anxiously wait for another, there is certainly plenty to make us all pretty gloomy indeed at the moment. Read the latest IATA report? Maybe the biggest surprise over American Airlines...
  • Competition At 540 MPH

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday December 6, 2011
    Associated Press reporter Joshua Freed asks a simple question in a news report today: "Why's it so hard to make money running an airline? His answers make you wonder why anyone would even try: Planes are expensive: A Boeing 737 costs $80 million...
  • American Airlines Joins A Long List

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday November 29, 2011
    We all woke up to this morning's news announcing American Airlines' parent company was headed to federal court to restructure its operations under Chapter 11 protection. The reasons sound similar to why Delta; United; Continental; and US Airways all...
  • More On Dubai

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday November 22, 2011
    The 2011 Dubai Air Show ended with record attendance of more than 56,000 and orders just north of $63 billion. Not bad, I figured after personally reading reports about the show for the first time. However, I learned a few new things over the weekend...
  • One Big Deal

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday November 15, 2011
    I don't know about you, but I started my day last Sunday reading the good news that Emirates airline had placed an $18 billion order with Boeing for 50 of the company's 777 jetliners – the largest commercial order by value in the American plane...
  • Nominate Your Winners

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday November 8, 2011
    It’s time to send us your nominations for our Ground Support Worldwide Leaders of the Year Awards. We’ve narrowed the awards down to three: Lifetime Achievement Award : This award will go to a person who has demonstrated commitment to the...