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  • Black Monday in Alabama

    - Tuesday November 21, 2006
    Yesterday — Monday — was a bad day in Huntsville, AL, where I live. You probably read about it. A school bus with about 45 teen students aboard plunged off of the interstate and fell 30 feet nose first. To date, there are three fatalities...
  • The Glory Boys

    - Friday November 17, 2006
    Recently, Greg and I were in the airport security line at Las Vegas returning home from a trade show. The line was long, and we spent quite a bit of time weaving back and forth through the cattle herding lines. We noticed that the guys behind us had...
  • Consultant Well May Be Drying Up ...

    - Wednesday November 15, 2006
    … at least, that’s the word from the Airport Consultants Council, held in Ft. Lauderdale this week. An opening session at the ACC’s annual conference highlighted the fact that many airport consulting firms are doggedly looking for...
  • Frustration

    - Monday November 13, 2006
    Umpty-ump years ago, several men pooled resources and set out to revive the Helio Courier aircraft. No naive, starry-eyed business neophytes, these folks had vast experience in aircraft sales, finance, insurance, and other fields. They got one airplane...
  • First Officer School

    - Tuesday November 7, 2006
    An airline pilot pointed out an ad in a major aviation publication. It worries me. A flight training school advertises a "First Officer Program" that includes "Over 250 hours of actual FAR Part 121 turboprop passenger airline First Officer experience...
  • Are The Engines Running Now?

    - Monday November 6, 2006
    My publisher Greg Napert and I were on our way back from a trade show in Las Vegas last Friday. We were on the aircraft and taxiing to the runway, and the flight attendants were making their final checks before strapping into their jump seats. It was...
  • Out of the Rice Fields West of Houston ...

    - Wednesday November 1, 2006
    … grows an airport. Draw a line 35 miles west of downtown Houston, then directly south to the Gulf Coast. That southerly line represents a history of rice farming. West of Houston, the tentacles of the city are planting urban seeds, and it is here...
  • Déjà Vu All Over Again

    - Tuesday October 31, 2006
    The more things change, and all that… According to USA Today today, on Friday United raised fares by six dollars. Imagine that, six whole dollars. American, Continental, Delta, and Northwest quickly followed suit with identical fare...
  • Fake Boarding Pass

    - Monday October 30, 2006
    What happens when people intentionally break the law to showcase weakness in the system? I harped on ABC news a couple of years ago when they tried to gain access to a secure airport area in order to sensationalize their perceived lack of adequate...
  • Earth Shaking News

    - Tuesday October 24, 2006
    Two newspaper items caught my attention in the last week: First, USA Today, October 23, breathlessly reported on the front page with big headlines "Fares climb 15% for holiday." Well, duh. Breaths there a reader who doesn’t know that airfares...