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  • Black Sunday

    - Monday August 28, 2006
    The safest five-year period in U.S. airline history ended abruptly Sunday morning in Lexington, KY. By now we know the details and several of the theories. It seems to be fact that the Comair flight tried to take off on the wrong (short) runway. The...
  • As the VLJ Moment Comes Upon Us …

    - Wednesday August 23, 2006
    … there is enthusiasm, and skepticism. This came through loud and clear during a recent week in Chicago and Oshkosh, WI. At the annual Oshkosh AirVenture show, put on by the Experimental Aircraft Association, the very light jets were the story...
  • NWA Management Blunders Again

    - Monday August 21, 2006
    I just can't help myself. It's not that I have anything against Northwest Airlines, but sometimes a news item appears that just begs for comment. Case and point -- last week, Northwest management apologized for a handbook that was given...
  • The Hassle Factor

    - Monday August 21, 2006
    Last week I flew an 864-mile roundtrip on the airlines instead of driving. Wish I had driven. Location, location, and location are the major factors in real estate. For airline travel major factors are hassle, hassle, and hassle, particularly at ATL...
  • Charlie is in the Smithsonian!

    - Thursday August 17, 2006
    Last Friday, August 11, was a monumental day for aircraft maintenance professionals! Kenneth Mac Tiernan, an aircraft mechanic and director of the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA) organized a special unveiling at the...
  • The Bogeyman Did It!

    - Monday August 14, 2006
    After a big story like last week’s foiled terrorist plot—which come first, the jokes or the conspiracy theories? I don’t know, but the conspiracy theories do come fast and furious. It’s hard to believe so many theories can...
  • Remove bras and boxers at the gate ...

    - Friday August 11, 2006
    … well, perhaps not yet. Consider: The 9/11 attackers brought packaging knives; we banned them. The shoe bomber wanted to light his shoes; we banned lighters. Now, it’s liquids. The question is – in James Bond-esque terms – what...
  • A Chaotic Travel Day

    - Thursday August 10, 2006
    New security procedures went into effect this morning. As I approached the counter of the convenience store near my hotel this morning, I couldn't believe how expensive the little bottle of eye drops in my hand was. But I needed it since I was leaving...
  • Airlines Increase Capacity

    - Tuesday August 8, 2006
    "Here We Go, ‘Round Again…" Front page, center, USA Today on Tuesday, August 8: "Airlines to add year-end capacity. Fliers could see relief from rising airfares." Lord, Lord. They finally make a profit, after all of the bad years, and the...
  • General aviation is alive and kickin' ...

    - Monday August 7, 2006
    … despite the topsy-turvey world of fuel prices. Admittedly, the avgas sector is static at best, per discussions with fuel providers. But the jet-A burners are pushing continued growth for GA, evident at the just convened AirVenture -- or...