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  • Things that Go Bump in the Night

    - Monday August 10, 2009
    Mix low visibility, light rain and the dark of an early November morning with an aircraft coming from an unexpected direction and a tug driver rushing to get some late bags to Delta, and what do you get?  The perfect combination for the accident that...
  • Summer in the Northeast, Thoughts Turn to Deicing

    - Monday July 27, 2009
      Flying out of Boston Logan this morning, I saw a line up of about 20 deicing trucks. It was obvious the equipment hadn’t been moved for quite some time — under-inflated tires, windows caked with soot, the usual signs that equipment left outdoors...
  • What's Health Care Got to Do with It?

    - Tuesday July 14, 2009
    I can’t seem to talk to anyone in aviation these days — on the ramp or in the air — without health care coming up. It’s killing small businesses, big businesses and everyone in between. And the stress on individuals is palpable. It’s telling...
  • How Many Deaf Men (and Women) Will it Take?

    - Thursday June 25, 2009
    It amazes me as I travel the country and the world to see how many ramp workers ignore basic safety protections. Take ear protection as an example. I don’t know any airport workers over 50 who don’t have some hearing loss. Many have significant...
  • Going Electric - Who's Going to Pay?

    - Monday June 15, 2009
    The jury's no longer out on whether GSE needs to go electric.  Studies done by a wide-range of groups — from the Department of Energy to private companies — all show that electric is cheaper in the long-run, especially when the cost of fuel goes up...
  • Preventive Maintenance in Hard Times

    - Monday June 1, 2009
    Preventive maintenance is never easy to budget for — in time or money. We're always too busy fixing broken equipment that we never get around to doing the preventive maintenance which, of course, eventually results in even more broken equipment...
  • Ramp Safety 101

    - Monday May 18, 2009
    Sometimes it takes a memorable shot played over and over on the evening news — in this case a baggage container (an LD3?) sticking out of a 747 engine — to get us thinking about basic ramp safety. To the average CNN or Fox viewer, it’s hard to...
  • FAA Nominee Brings Hope for Change to FAA

    - Thursday April 30, 2009
    Randy Babbitt, long-time ALPA President, Eastern Airlines captain and aviation enthusiast, brings decades of aviation experience to the post of FAA Administrator. Although not yet confirmed by the Senate, I am confident that his nomination will fly...
  • English as a Second Language?

    - Monday March 30, 2009
    Economic realities being what they are today, FBOs are hiring more and more non-native speakers of English — Some legal, some not so legal. But this isn’t going to be a diatribe against immigrants — far from it.  I’m a big believer in the...