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  • Notes from Orlando -- The NBAA Convention

    - Monday November 7, 2005
    ORLANDO On the heels of the annual convention of the National Business Aviation Association being held here this week, there lies the underlying question: Will the move to Orlando from New Orleans have a significant impact on the dynamic of the show...
  • Song of the Airlines

    - Tuesday November 1, 2005
    Last week, Delta Air Lines announced it will phase out its carrier-within-a-carrier, Song, by May, 2006. The Song fleet of 48 Boeing 757-200 aircraft will be reconfigured with first-class seating and redeployed on domestic routes. Meanwhile, the song that...
  • A Visit With Phil Botana

    - Tuesday October 25, 2005
    Phil Botana is a walking history of the FBO (fixed base operator) business since the 1970s. It's summed up in this quote: "Before I went to Portland (OR) [to manage Flightcraft], Signature had acquired every FBO that I had worked for." I met Botana in...
  • Lessons from NBAA's Static Display

    - Tuesday October 18, 2005
    Kim Showalter heads up Showalter Flying Service based at the Orlando Executive Airport, site of the upcoming 2005 NBAA Convention's Static Display of aircraft. The event that was originally scheduled to take place in New Orleans, but Hurricane Katrina has...
  • Thoughts from the NAC

    - Tuesday October 11, 2005
    U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-FL) was on hand at last week's F. Russell Hoyt National Airports Conference in Tampa, speaking of the need to not bail out failing air carriers and to hit hard once again on one of his favorite topics: the Transportation Security...
  • Highlights from ACI-NA's Annual Meeting

    - Monday September 26, 2005
    Last week's annual meeting of the Airports Council International-North America in Toronto highlighted the importance of the pending debate over how we will fund the U.S. aviation transportation system in the years ahead. A major reauthorization battle...