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  • I first met Norman Y. Mineta …

    - Thursday July 13, 2006
    … back in 1985. I was the media guy for the National Air Transportation Association. Then-U.S. Representative Mineta was midway into a 20-year career representing the district around San Jose, CA, which subsequently named its international airport...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • A Questionable Approach

    - Wednesday June 7, 2006
    Reading the mission of the Business Travel Coalition (BTC), via its website (www.btcweb.biz), finds the following: “Our organization seeks to bring transparency to travel industry policies and practices so that customers can influence industry and...
  • TSA: Now Hear This

    - Monday May 22, 2006
    Two years ago while attending an air cargo conference in New Orleans I was struck by the attitude of attendees toward the Transportation Security Administration. Instead of the growing animosity toward TSA that seemed to be pervasive at many industry...
  • Lessons Learned - 'United 93'

    - Thursday May 11, 2006
    It's about a war and a system challenge The nation, it seems, is split: those who remember 9/11 and the reasons we are in a war on terrorists; and, those want to forget it ever happened, recall our troops, and put our collective head back into the sand...
  • More from AAAE in San Diego ...

    - Thursday May 4, 2006
    FAA Administrator Marion Blakey says the ultimate goal is a "robust AIP (Airport Improvement Program);" the proposed cuts to AIP for FY07 are themselves robust. Talking to airports here at the annual meeting of the American Association of Airport...
  • Budget Debate Heats Up as Airports Meet

    - Monday April 24, 2006
    SAN DIEGO -- Money, money, money  that's what is on the minds of airports and aviation these days. The Bush Administration is calling for more than $700 million in cuts from the authorized level for the Airport Improvement Program for FY07, which...
  • 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...
  • 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...