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  • My Visit to Queretaro

    - Thursday October 11, 2007
    This week, I visited Messier Services new maintenance facility in Queretaro, Mexico. The facility does landing gear and hydraulic component work for Bombardier CRJ and Airbus A320 aircraft, with expansion to 737NG and A300 components expected soon. I had...
  • The Latest Upstart Airline, ExpressJet ...

    - Wednesday October 10, 2007
    ... has airport directors at many mid-sized markets paying attention. A few weeks back, I heard ExpressJet CEO Jim Ream address airports at AAAE’s annual F. Russell Hoyt National Airports Conference in Tucson. Last week, I got to fly ExpressJet...
  • It's Magic

    - Wednesday October 10, 2007
    Since magic has been a hobby of mine for years, friends email me videos of some great magic acts. This week, someone sent a video of a wonderful magician named Criss Angel. In this video, Criss appeared to pass his entire body through a solid pane of...
  • Private Investment Companies

    - Thursday October 4, 2007
    While at NBAA last week, it struck me the growing number of aviation companies that have been purchased and sold by private investment companies. I have seen quite a few companies go through these types of acquisitions in the seven years I have been...
  • What To Do?

    - Wednesday October 3, 2007
    Our airways seem to be overcrowded and much delayed. There is a great weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. What will we do? Marion Blakey, just before she left her job as FAA administrator, wanted airlines to quit scheduling so many flights...
  • At the ACI-NA Show in Kansas City ...

    - Tuesday October 2, 2007
    ... DOT Secretary Mary Peters calls for a revolution ... incoming chair Randy Walker talks NBAA ... and a thought from Mr. Air Traffic Control. DOT Secretary Peters told airports meeting here for the annual convention of the Airports Council...
  • NBAA's Social Side

    - Thursday September 27, 2007
    NBAA’s annual meeting and convention is one of the most commercial events in aviation. Millions of dollars are spent on the trade show by attendees and exhibitors. But the show also has a social side. I always run into people I’ve known...
  • User Fees

    - Thursday September 27, 2007
    This morning is the last day of NBAA. It has been an exciting show. There are tens of thousands of attendees walking the aisles of the Atlanta convention center, seeing all the latest business aviation products and services. As expected, the hot topic...
  • At NBAA 2007, Some Questions About Location ...

    - Tuesday September 25, 2007
    ... amid another robust business aviation annual convention. The National Business Aviation Association’s annual show is like a steam engine with a never-ending supply of steam, it seems. Some projections say this year’s event could...
  • It is happening...

    - Thursday September 20, 2007
    It really is beginning to come true. The first promise of the LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) was that people could fly it without a medical. That hasn’t actually happened yet on a widespread basis, mostly, as I see it, because of the insurance...