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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Does The Sun Shine More Brightly?

    - Monday June 5, 2006
    Are things finally looking up for the airline industry? Delta—though operating in bankruptcy—actually made a profit in a recent month, airplanes are flying with more seats full at higher fares, capacity is down, and even the legacy...
  • Obligation to Repay

    - Monday May 29, 2006
    Open any newspaper and you will learn—up front with big headlines—that the guvmint needs more money for the FAA and a jillion other things. That’s why a small Wall Street Journal story on page seven last Friday surprised me so much...
  • Markets At Work

    - Monday May 22, 2006
    The jury is still out on trickle-down economics, but trickle-down cost cutting is a reality. On May 17 The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) ran a front-page story on how airline cost cutting is putting pressure on airports. This story is sorta the reverse of...
  • TSA Could Learn From Pete Correll

    - Monday May 15, 2006
    Businesses are told in a blue zillion ways that they should—must—protect workers from injury on the job. (When I worked in the FBO side of the industry, they gave us an OSHA manual that was thicker than a teenaged boy’s collection...