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  • Fair's Fair

    - Thursday May 10, 2007
    Okay. I’ve cussed the airlines off and on for nigh on to 20 years (before that they were pretty good), now it’s time to say something nice. Oddly, the trip started off pretty badly. I was scheduled to depart Asheville, NC (AVL), at 8:29...
  • Ties To Past Heroes

    - Thursday May 3, 2007
    Recently super pilot Randy Sohn sent me to a web site which described in photos and words a trip Kent Wien took with his father Merrill over some beautiful scenery in the American west. The site was fascinating, the photos beautiful, the aircraft was a...
  • I Am Astounded

    - Thursday April 26, 2007
    We are losing one of aviation’s good guys. Long-time Cessna Regional Manager Jim Hackman is retiring. But that’s not why I’m astounded. Jim has been a good friend for years, and I’ve certainly benefited from the friendship...
  • Greed Joins Green

    - Thursday April 19, 2007
    By golly, I finally—and for the first time—believe the "green" movement is gonna amount to something. This revelation came a couple of weeks ago, at the city library, where one couldn’t help but notice that the business...
  • Alabama's GA Lobby

    - Thursday April 12, 2007
    During the last few weeks I have received several e-mails from Alabama’s Betty Meyer. She is lobbying for a bill that would bring some logic to taxes in Alabama. Right now, ad valorem taxes on aircraft in Alabama are a full third higher than on...
  • Biggest Little Trade Show?

    - Friday April 6, 2007
    The VLJ trade show in Charlotte last month was fascinating—not for its size, but for how well it covered one market. This show was small. The whole thing took place in one hangar at Wilson Jet Center. It didn’t begin to compare with NATA...
  • Tenerife, Bookstores and Libraries

    - Wednesday March 28, 2007
    This week marked the 30th anniversary of the disaster at Tenerife. For those too young to remember it, on March 27, 1977, two 747s collided on the runway at Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Five hundred eighty-two people died, making this the worst...
  • Heckuva Week For News...

    - Thursday March 22, 2007
    ...in aviation. Perhaps the most astounding was the report that Boeing is building a 1,000-plus passenger airliner. The report (from a well-recognized online source that will remain nameless) included beautiful pictures of the proposed airplane with a...
  • Aviation News From Outside The Industry...

    - Wednesday March 14, 2007
    …is often the most accurate. In July 2006, I reported that "the airlines are on the cusp of tremendous, long-term growth." I first read of this in The Economist, a world class magazine of unbelievably good repute, several months before. Frankly, the...
  • Conspiracy Theories Never Die

    - Wednesday March 7, 2007
    On February 3, 1959, musicians Buddy Holly ("That’ll Be the Day"), Ritchie Valens ("La Bamba"), and The Big Bopper ("Chantilly Lace"), died in the crash of a Beech Bonanza on a charter trip from Clear Lake, IA, to Fargo, ND. The conspiracy theories...