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  • Airlines Raise Prices

    - Monday April 17, 2006
    Perhaps the biggest news in aviation last week slipped by with but little notice. It was the big story, front page and center of USA Today on Wednesday, April 12: "Airlines raise base fares sharply, still fill planes." Everybody shout Hallelujah! Why...
  • NATA Takes on the IRS, to Little Avail

    - Friday April 14, 2006
    Last year, as part of the Highway Bill, Congress decided that jet fuel should be taxed at the highway diesel fuel rate (24.4 cents/gallon) and not the historic jet-A rate (21.9 cents/gallon). There was a concern that commercial operators were siphoning...
  • Could We Have Some Standardization Please?

    - Wednesday April 12, 2006
    It's a fact of life. Anyone who flies is subject to security screenings by our friendly TSA. Local policies and procedures can be confusing even for those that fly frequently. The most frustrating thing for me is the TSA’s policy on...
  • User Fees & Toilets

    - Monday April 10, 2006
    Aviation user fees? Hell, no! I believe users should pay their fair share. The guvmint says the FAA needs more money and therefore we need more user fees. It sounds so reasonable that I was beginning to agree. Then I got to thinking about it...
  • New Directions at Southwest

    - Friday April 7, 2006
    Southwest Airlines announced this week that it has requested leases on two gates at Washington Dulles International Airport. So much for the secondary airport model in a little more than a year, Southwest has added Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Denver...
  • Where have all the good times gone?

    - Thursday April 6, 2006
    Have the days having a successful aircraft maintenance career in the airlines come and gone? Will airline maintenance jobs ever recover from the pummeling they have received over the last several years, or are the good times gone forever? Think about...
  • Prize as Motivator

    - Monday April 3, 2006
    It can be an incentive for alternative fuel usage... The big prize harnesses the free market subsidies work against the market. So, can you guess which tool our guvmint uses to promote alternative fuels? The big prize has changed the history of...
  • FBOs, Airports, and a Symposium

    - Saturday April 1, 2006
    A good session offers even more potential... LAS VEGAS - Initial indications from this year's Aviation Industry Expo are that it is a success, with numbers comparable to 2005. Also chock up as a success the pre-show FBO/Airport Symposium, co-hosted by...
  • It's a Three-peat!

    - Thursday March 30, 2006
    I truly enjoy the PAMA Olympics. This year was no exception. There were six great teams competing for the championship and the prestigious traveling trophy. This year's competitors were AWAM, Bombardier, JetBlue, Midcoast Aviation, Raytheon and...
  • A Reminder About Terrorism

    - Friday March 24, 2006
    Today's headlines bring home how it infiltrated an industry... His name is Moussaoui, and headlines of late center around his trial as the only person arrested in the U.S. alleged to be directly tied to the 9/11 killings. This week, the prosecution...