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  • On the Good, the Bad, and the Hard To Believe …

    By John F. Infanger - Wednesday January 25, 2012
    Apparently, FAA/system reauthorization is about to happen, first on a short-term extension (Can you say 23rd extension?) and then on a longer term reauthorization, expected to occur in February, say optimists.   U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-FL), chair...
  • Experiencing the Gathering of Business Aviation in San Diego …

    By John F. Infanger - Wednesday January 18, 2012
    This year’s NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers conference has been an inspiration if for no other reason than this is definitely an industry segment which has taken on the attitude of moving beyond the economic downturn and White House bashing. This in the...
  • I Am Now a Volunteer Member of NATA’s State Advocacy Network …

    By John F. Infanger - Wednesday January 11, 2012
    … and I look forward to seeing where this initiative goes, because the concept is a good one.   The National Air Transportation Association seeks to get members and other interested parties active in local issues impacting the industry – to bring...
  • Looking in the Face of 2012 …

    By John F. Infanger - Wednesday January 4, 2012
    A wish for FAA reauthorization … can it really be this hard? Highways and other industries are likely asking the same question. Rep. John Mica (R-FL), who heads up things transportation in the U.S. House, is trying to make it happen. (He’s the guy who...
  • Paul Allen and Burt Rutan Begin a New Trek Toward Space …

    By John F. Infanger - Wednesday December 14, 2011
    … and one has to wonder if the move will serve as a major catalyst in the private sector’s bid to become a major factor in space travel, now that NASA is in the process of being reformulated.   Rutan, of course, gained fame in 1986 when the...
  • FAA and DOT Hold a Forum on Airline Diversions …

    By John F. Infanger - Wednesday December 7, 2011
    November 30 in Washington, attracted some 150 industry participants, including representatives from Airports Council International-North America, the American Association of Airport Executives, and the National Air Transportation Association.   The...
  • American Airlines Files for Bankruptcy Protection …

    By John F. Infanger - Wednesday November 30, 2011
    Not the unions, of course; but then, the cost structure related to them is billed as a primary issue. Then there’s the issue of the fleet – those MD-80s are a tribute to mechanical engineering and technology, but not to fuel usage. And there’s...
  • They Had a Little Snowstorm in the Northeast Recently …

    By John F. Infanger - Wednesday November 16, 2011
     … which led to a number of airliners sitting on the ramp at Hartford, to which flights had been diverted, for as many as seven hours. In response, U.S. DOT has announced that it will hold a forum on November 30 to explore ways to address future...
  • A Bite of Dinner, a Game of Golf …

    By John F. Infanger - Wednesday November 9, 2011
    … or perhaps an occasional tennis match might be the prescription for what ails Washington. And what ails Washington – number one – is an inability to get things done. It’s a government on pause, with a nasty dialog circling in the winds...
  • Innovation in Airline/Airport Cooperation …

    By John F. Infanger - Wednesday November 2, 2011
    … is the subject of a keynote speech given this week in Marrakech, Morocco by Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) at the Airports Council International (ACI) World Annual General Assembly. Relates...