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  • A Little Attention Can Go A Long Way To Prevent Annoying Delays At Baggage Claim

    By John Goglia - Tuesday March 12, 2013
    Among all the delays that passengers find annoying – right up there with long security lines – are the waits to pick up checked bags.  Especially when passengers now pay a fee for the privilege of checking those bags. Your flight has ended and you...
  • View From The Ramp: Taipei’s International Airport

    By John Goglia - Tuesday February 19, 2013
    It has been many years since I last visited Taiwan – so many in fact that it was principally known as Formosa way back when I last landed there more than 40 years ago. At the time I was working for a cargo carrier with contracts all over the world...
  • Electric GSE : Battery Inspections Matter

    By John Goglia - Tuesday February 5, 2013
    All this talk of the Boeing 787’s problems with lithium ion batteries has caused some talk among electric GSE owners and those considering buying electric GSE – regardless of the type of battery.  Of course, anyone using any battery to power their...
  • What To Do When The Only Deicing Truck Breaks Down

    By John Goglia - Tuesday January 22, 2013
    So much attention is paid to large commercial service airports that we sometimes forget what it’s like at the hundreds of smaller airports that don’t have access to the same resources. When expensive equipment breaks down, it may not be possible to...
  • Avoiding GSE Runway Incursions With GPS

    By John Goglia - Tuesday January 8, 2013
    For busy airports with not a lot of room to maneuver, runway incursions involving ground equipment happen all too frequently. While most do not cause significant injuries or damage to aircraft or the ground equipment involved, they do often result in...
  • Help Wanted: FBO Management Certificate Courses

    By John Goglia - Tuesday December 18, 2012
    As you may know, I am president of the Independent Fixed Base Operators Association whose mission it is to assist wherever we can small to medium-sized FBOs. It's a competitive world out there and competing against some of the major players can be a daily...
  • Does Cutting Manpower On The Ramp Really Save Money?

    By John Goglia - Tuesday November 27, 2012
    Sitting at the terminal at Incheon International Airport after a quick trip to Seoul, Korea (well, not that quick if you include the flying time), I watched a new Airbus A-380 being towed to the gate. Soon thereafter catering trucks started toward the...
  • Distaster Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

    By John Goglia - Tuesday November 13, 2012
    If you lived through or still are living through the effects of Hurricane Sandy, you know that many disaster recovery plans failed for the simple reason that they did not adequately consider the worst case scenarios that actually developed. So while the...
  • Does An Air Traffic Tower’s Looks Matter?

    By John Goglia - Tuesday October 30, 2012
    My first job as a mechanic was with United at JFK. But we would regularly be sent over to LaGuardia to work on aircraft. It was 1964 and those were heady days in the borough of Queens. On the drive from JFK we would look over at the futuristic buildings...
  • Life Sentence For Baggage Handler

    By John Goglia - Tuesday October 23, 2012
    Three cheers for New York Federal District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis for sentencing a baggage handler at John F. Kennedy International Airport to life in prison for running a drug-smuggling ring at the airport. As reported by the New York Times...