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  • Out With The Old — In With The Older

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday December 5, 2012
    Airport Business online, reporting on an NPR All things Considered Program, brought out a trend that I had not really noticed. Regional flights are reversing past trends by returning to turbo-prop — rather than jet — aircraft. This is a fuel-saving...
  • Business As Usual?

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday November 21, 2012
    I remain amazed. If you watch, read, or hear the “news,” you could get the idea that the world is rolling along as usual, yet we are in dire straits. Like Nero fiddling while Rome burns, we go about business as usual while we are head over heels...
  • Was Alexis De Tocqueville Right?

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday November 7, 2012
    I wonder — was our recent election really just one more choice of one more president for one more term, or did we just pass a tipping point? Some 175 years ago, when our democracy was still a rare form of government, a Frenchman, Alexis de...
  • Citing Thomas Sowell

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday October 17, 2012
    Thomas Sowell is without a doubt one of the great economists of our country. He explains things so simply. “I have never understood,” he wrote,” why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take away...
  • The Passing Of A Legend

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday October 3, 2012
    Billy Hulse has died, and so ends an era. Billy’s father, Frank Hulse, built an aviation empire which grew even larger under Billy’s direction. Frank started a flight school under the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP), a government program in...
  • The Beat Goes On

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday September 19, 2012
    My favorite grass strip, Moontown Airport outside of Huntsville, AL, held its annual Fly-In this past weekend. They sent me that announcement, and gosh, I wanted to go, but couldn’t. Now I’m glad that I couldn’t get there. Friend George Myers...
  • Are We Ready?

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday September 5, 2012
    There is a popular song — “Better Get Ready.” Methinks that song should be sung loudly to everybody in aviation. Each week we receive reports from several sources about the future of aviation. These are written by people who are smarter than I, so...
  • My Intro To OSHA

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday August 22, 2012
    This story is 40 years old, now, but it still seems like yesterday to me… It was 1972; I was selling aviation/airport insurance for National Aviation Underwriters. The setting of the event was the airport hotel at the Huntsville, AL airport. It was...
  • Back When I Was “Special”

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday August 1, 2012
    Back in the 1980s I presented several sales training workshops for the transparency division of Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG). PPG made airline windshields and windows as well as military aircraft canopies. The sales force was fascinating — just a few...
  • Who Wants A Flying Car, Anyway?

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday July 25, 2012
    Ever since I can remember — long before I even learned to fly — someone or other has been touting the flying car and/or the drivable airplane as the saving grace of general aviation. I say it ain’t gonna happen in my lifetime. Who wants one of the...