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  • On the road at NAC and NBAA ...

    - Friday October 20, 2006
    … one finds that things are good, for the most part. In business aviation, they continue to be downright bullish.   A few outtakes from the National Airports Conference, hosted by AAAE in New Orleans …   -- Sharon Pinkerton, VP with...
  • Meanwhile, in Park City, UT ...

    - Wednesday October 11, 2006
    … the Boyd Group of Englewood, CO was hosting its 11th annual Aviation Forecast Conference. Broad brush, one message is that 50-seat regional jets are on their way out -- not unlike the quick departure of turboprop commuters in the early 1990s...
  • More Notes from Reno ...

    - Thursday October 5, 2006
    ... showing where some focus will be in the year ahead, as the industry reevaluates how the system is funded. Notably, FAA acting Associate Administrator for Airports Kate Lang, speaking on the business of airports, says, "Airports would like more...
  • At the ACI-NA Convention in Reno ...

    - Wednesday September 27, 2006
    … the mood is upbeat. Airport officials are meeting here for the annual convention of the Airports Council International – North America. This is a meeting with some history – this group was meeting in Montreal in 2001 when the 9/11...
  • In a Week of 9/11 Memories ...

    - Tuesday September 12, 2006
    … let me add one. It's 9/11/01 and we're in Montreal for the annual convention of Airports Council International – North America. In my hotel room, I tie my tie as I watch CNN; they're trying to explain why one of the World Trade Center...
  • The LEX Incident …

    - Thursday September 7, 2006
    … is at once a tragedy and a lesson (re)learned. The crash of Comair Delta Flight 5191 killed 49 of 50 persons on board; it appears pilot error was the cause, as the jet departed the wrong and shorter runway at Lexington on its way to...
  • As the VLJ Moment Comes Upon Us …

    - Wednesday August 23, 2006
    … there is enthusiasm, and skepticism. This came through loud and clear during a recent week in Chicago and Oshkosh, WI. At the annual Oshkosh AirVenture show, put on by the Experimental Aircraft Association, the very light jets were the story...
  • Remove bras and boxers at the gate ...

    - Friday August 11, 2006
    … well, perhaps not yet. Consider: The 9/11 attackers brought packaging knives; we banned them. The shoe bomber wanted to light his shoes; we banned lighters. Now, it’s liquids. The question is – in James Bond-esque terms – what...
  • General aviation is alive and kickin' ...

    - Monday August 7, 2006
    … despite the topsy-turvey world of fuel prices. Admittedly, the avgas sector is static at best, per discussions with fuel providers. But the jet-A burners are pushing continued growth for GA, evident at the just convened AirVenture -- or...
  • 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...