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  • On the road at NAC and NBAA ...

    - Friday October 20, 2006
    … one finds that things are good, for the most part. In business aviation, they continue to be downright bullish.   A few outtakes from the National Airports Conference, hosted by AAAE in New Orleans …   -- Sharon Pinkerton, VP with...
  • Helicopter Supervisors

    - Thursday October 19, 2006
    Greetings from the press room at NBAA. It is the third day of the show, and it has been an exciting one. And talk about big -- NBAA announced that as of yesterday, the two-day attendance total was 32,104. That beats last year's three day total by almost...
  • The Big Easy

    - Tuesday October 17, 2006
    I write this from the National Airports Conference in New Orleans. I have learned more today than I can digest, so will not be imparting any great words of wisdom this week. This week, I will just impart a few observations… First, this was my first...
  • Meanwhile, in Park City, UT ...

    - Wednesday October 11, 2006
    … the Boyd Group of Englewood, CO was hosting its 11th annual Aviation Forecast Conference. Broad brush, one message is that 50-seat regional jets are on their way out -- not unlike the quick departure of turboprop commuters in the early 1990s...
  • Media Travel Tips

    - Tuesday October 10, 2006
    Hey, folks, aviation is interesting again—at least to the media. The October 16 issue of Fortune is typical. The Business Life section features "Secrets to Smarter Travel," including "300-day-a-year traveler who spills all his tricks," and "Road...
  • This Plane is not Safe

    - Tuesday October 10, 2006
    "Do not fly with this plane, it is not safe." Those are some pretty direct words -- no beating around the bush. If a pilot were to hear these words uttered from a mechanic, he would probably think twice about flying that aircraft. But what if it was a...
  • More Notes from Reno ...

    - Thursday October 5, 2006
    ... showing where some focus will be in the year ahead, as the industry reevaluates how the system is funded. Notably, FAA acting Associate Administrator for Airports Kate Lang, speaking on the business of airports, says, "Airports would like more...
  • Stacking Dimes

    - Thursday October 5, 2006
    I was in Appleton, Wisconsin yesterday visiting Miller Electric doing some research for an upcoming article on TIG welding. The folks at Miller had invited me to learn more about TIG welding aluminum and to get some hands-on practice with their...
  • Grand Larceny

    - Monday October 2, 2006
    In May 1999, my Airport Business column was written about renting a car in Boston, Taxachusetts. The fees and taxes added 49.55%—repeat, 49.55%—to the price of the rental car, and I was mad about it. Earlier this year, I included that...
  • At the ACI-NA Convention in Reno ...

    - Wednesday September 27, 2006
    … the mood is upbeat. Airport officials are meeting here for the annual convention of the Airports Council International – North America. This is a meeting with some history – this group was meeting in Montreal in 2001 when the 9/11...