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  • The Ride of a Lifetime

    - Thursday August 3, 2006
    Please don’t let me reverse-eat! That was the main thought going through my mind as I got ready to board Mike Mancuso’s Klein Tools Extra 300 last week for a media ride. Klein Tools is the sponsor for Mike Mancuso, and their PR department...
  • The Worm Turns!

    - Monday July 31, 2006
    How many times have we heard it said of light sport aircraft? "Oh. They might sell a few, but they’ll never have any effect on real aviation." "They’ll never amount to anything on my airport." "I mean, like, for crying out loud, don’t...
  • Observations from Oshkosh

    - Thursday July 27, 2006
    Well, I write to you this week from the GA meca of the world. For one week, Oshkosh, WI plays host hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) puts on its annual AirVenture show. I have gathered a lot of...
  • Honda's Surprise Alliance

    - Monday July 24, 2006
    (NOTE: To see the "update" of 7/25/06, see the comment to this BLOG.)  I just received one of the most interesting and well-done press releases I have ever seen. It came from Honda, and it never mentioned a product. A Ms. Alicia Jones of Honda...
  • You have to admire Rep. John Mica …

    - Saturday July 22, 2006
    …the U.S. Representative from Florida whose district includes Orlando. He’s also the House aviation subcommittee Chairman who isn’t afraid to fight for what he thinks is right. Fortunately for airports, he thinks they’re a vital...
  • Seventeen Months and Counting

    - Tuesday July 18, 2006
    When will it turnaround? I keep on waiting for some positive employment news in the airline sector, but alas I must wait for yet another month. It sounds like a broken record, but once again the news looks bad for airline employees. You see, for the...
  • Ask Not For Whom The Bomb Falls—It Falls For Thee!

    - Monday July 17, 2006
    Back in the early 1960s, when the "Cold War" was in full swing, we college boys would sit around, smoke our Kaywoodie pipes (thus demonstrating that we were "cool") and argue about such heady subjects as where the first Soviet bombs would fall. Some...
  • An Anal Supervisor's Shop

    - Monday July 17, 2006
    I am on a road trip this week and am writing this blog from a musty hotel room somewhere south of St. Louis. A couple of days ago, I was visiting with Jim Burress, paint department manager, Landmark Aviation in Springfield, IL. Me and fellow AMT team...
  • I first met Norman Y. Mineta …

    - Thursday July 13, 2006
    … back in 1985. I was the media guy for the National Air Transportation Association. Then-U.S. Representative Mineta was midway into a 20-year career representing the district around San Jose, CA, which subsequently named its international airport...
  • Road Rage Explained

    - Tuesday July 11, 2006
    Not all days were like yesterday, but yesterday was not atypical. I spoke at lunch in Reno—great group of people. Afterwards, I dashed to the airport with just enough time to check in and make the flight to Vegas where I grabbed a fast-food...