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  • We MUST Act Professional

    - Thursday July 6, 2006
    First of all, I want to thank all those who responded to last week's blog The News Still Looks Bad for Maintenance. We had plenty of reader comments that contributed to the discussion on the recent BTS report on airline employment and what it means for...
  • Airbus Revisited

    - Tuesday July 4, 2006
    News out of Europe this week is that co-chief executive Noel Forgeard of EADS, parent of Airbus, and Gustav Humbert, CEO of the aircraft manufacturer, are being pushed out – more fallout from the recent news of delivery delays for the double-decker...
  • I Deducted Breakfast This Morning

    - Monday July 3, 2006
    I am a charter and founding member (whatever that means) of the Greater Northern Alabama Lying Pilots Coffee Drinking and Hangar Talking Society. Members who are in town meet weekday mornings at Mullins Restaurant in Huntsville, AL, where the special each...
  • The News Still Looks Bad For Maintenance

    - Thursday June 29, 2006
    So, the industry is in an upswing. Passenger levels are up. Revenue is up. Many airlines are predicting a profit for this quarter. So why is employment information so dismal? The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported last week that for the...
  • Outsourcing Pilots

    - Tuesday June 27, 2006
    I have on my computer a blistering e-mail attacking ALPA, the union of many airline pilots. This diatribe cometh not from hardhearted management or flaming free-market entrepreneurial types, but from airline pilots. You may well know that the...
  • Questions at Airbus

    - Friday June 23, 2006
    News of late from Airbus has been nothing short of startling, centered around the manufacturer's announcement that it will be delaying deliveries of the much-anticipated A380 airliner. Singapore Airlines, the launch customer, reacted by ordering 20 787...
  • Analogies Tend to Grow on You

    - Thursday June 22, 2006
    Analogies tend to grow on you. Kind of like E. coli tends to grow on room-temperature beef. Here at AMT we have been busier than a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest lately. This week, I decided to have a little fun with my blog and share some of my...
  • DayJet Starts Flying This Year

    - Monday June 19, 2006
    DayJet plans to revolutionize charter with 239 Eclipse jets that it already has on order. Somebody has been revolutionizing charter since the Wright Brothers first charged for a sightseeing ride, but I’m still a sucker for a new idea. DayJet is...
  • Sabotage on the Assembly Line

    - Tuesday June 13, 2006
    As I scanned through the newsfeeds this morning looking for news items to upload to our website, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I read one of the articles. In disbelief, I had to re-read the article in front of me on my computer monitor. Sure...
  • To Land or Not To Land

    - Monday June 12, 2006
    I am a devotee—some say fanatically so—of the free market. Lately, however, I have been a bit worried about the marketplace when it comes to the airline industry. I worry about airline use of marginal airports like Ronald Reagan...