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  • This Sounds Familiar

    - Thursday September 13, 2007
    According to the FAA—thanks to AVSIG friend Capn. Randy Sohn for sending me this info—on February 1, 2009, the International Cospas-Sarsat Organization (U.S. included) will "terminate processing signals emitted by 121.5 MHz Emergency Locator...
  • Want a New Computer?

    - Thursday September 13, 2007
    For the fifth straight year, our friends at RAPCO and RAPCO Fleet Support are giving away a new Dell computer to a lucky AMT reader. This year, it could be you! But you have to do a little work to win the computer. You see, RAPCO wants AMT readers...
  • As Marion Blakey Gets Ready to Leave FAA ...

    - Wednesday September 12, 2007
    ... the vultures are circling. An article in USA Today questions her decision to become president of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), suggesting a potential conflict of interest. The article charges that Blakey has made decisions that impact...
  • Corn, solder, and globalization

    - Wednesday September 5, 2007
    I am always amazed how much world affairs affect me personally, particularly when the guvmint—any guvmint—gets involved. Our guvmint decided to subsidize the production of ethanol by a good little chunk of change per gallon. They did this...
  • Odd Way to Fix a B-757

    - Wednesday September 5, 2007
    Let's imagine you are an aircraft mechanic in Nepal and are having technical problems with one of your Boeing 757 airplanes. You just can't seem to get the problem fixed, and some flights have had to be suspended due to the problem. What do you do? Call...
  • State of the Airline Industry

    - Wednesday August 29, 2007
    I got an e-mail yesterday from a reader by the name of Fernando Fojo. Here is what Mr. Fojo writes: Hello Mr. Escobar, I've been involved in aviation maintenance for over 15 years, and I feel that I have some input to add. Before I do so, let me...
  • My Bias Diminishes

    - Wednesday August 29, 2007
    True confession time: I have long been biased against airports at which the fuel is sold by a guvmint body, be it city, county, or other. This is based on years of flying general aviation aircraft in and out of (usually) smallish airports coast to coast...
  • Out of the Eye of the Storm at FLL ...

    - Wednesday August 29, 2007
    ... surfaces a voice of reason, Kent G. George. The director of Pittsburgh International Airport was hired this week to direct Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, following a series of missteps in a highly publicized search by Broward County...
  • This Is Based On Hearsay

    - Thursday August 23, 2007
    I have the following from normally reliable sources, but I cannot swear to it. For that reason, the name of the airplane manufacturer, the pilot, and the airport are left out. A man operating as single pilot of a jet overshot a runway and ended up...
  • Double Bird Strike?

    - Wednesday August 22, 2007
    My brother-in-law Brian shared an odd story with me while we were on vacation. He told me that on Monday, August 6, a bird smashed into his windshield. The bird was large, and the resulting impact shattered the windshield, startling the heck out of...