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  • Lord Protect Us From Guvmint Protection

    - Wednesday February 28, 2007
    I have just read in Airport Business News Update (online) that the DOT is now looking at the problem of pax stranding by airlines. Is that on top of Congressional investigation, or instead of it? Hopefully, the latter. One guvmint investigation at a...
  • There Oughta Be a Law ...

    - Thursday February 22, 2007
    ... but at least a passengers’ bill of rights is a start. That’s JetBlue Airways’ answer to disrupting the lives of hundreds of customers because of a nasty winter storm. CEO David Neeleman, a master of PR, has been telling anyone who...
  • What I Do Like About Airline Travel

    - Wednesday February 21, 2007
    Somebody asked an interesting question recently. "Ralph, is there anything you like about airline travel." Hmmm… I guess I have been overly critical of the airlines, but I do keep riding them. Here are a few reasons why… One, they are...
  • Déjà vu All Over Again

    - Friday February 16, 2007
    (I stole that title from Yogi Berra, who originated it, and from Ralph Jones, who, on AVSIG, so aptly used it to describe the JFK/JetBlue mess this week.) After the nine-hour mess in Austin last year, I kinda thought that wouldn’t happen again...
  • It's Not Easy Being Green

    - Tuesday February 13, 2007
    The New York Times reported on February 12 there is now a way for the flying public to offset the "global warming impact" of flying. They can purchase carbon credits. One company that sells carbon credits, TerraPass, offers travelers the option to buy...
  • The Visitor in the BMW 745i ...

    - Friday February 9, 2007
    ... was NATA chair William Koch, president of Seven Bar Enterprises. His office is just a few miles from the Omni Dallas Park West hotel, at which the association’s committee meetings were held this week. A bit tall, a bit lanky, Koch leisurely...
  • Type-rated IAs?

    - Thursday February 8, 2007
    Last week, a change to IA renewal requirements was posted in the Federal Register. Effective March 1, this new rule would only require IAs to renew their certificate every two years with the FAA, although annual recurrency requirements would remain in...
  • Proposed Budget Includes User Fees

    - Monday February 5, 2007
    It seems to be official. Bush’s budget proposal includes user fees for general aviation. Ed Bolen, president and CEO of NBAA, is up in arms and making no bones about it. He reported today that "after more than a year of intense lobbying by the...
  • On Reasonableness ...

    - Thursday February 1, 2007
    ... when it comes to funding and security. During the past week, the head of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association fired the first salvo at the Administration’s soon-to-be-released aviation funding proposal, while here in Austin a city council...
  • Two-year IA Renewal

    - Thursday February 1, 2007
    The FAA has announced that it is extending the IA renewal period from every year to every two years. Effective March 1, 2007, the rule basically changes the expiration date of inspection authorization from March 31 of each year to March 31 of each...