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  • Airports Are Better — But …

    - Wednesday July 11, 2012
    As regular readers (surely there must be at least a few) know, I have been right pleased with airports recently. They have adapted to post-9/11 security beautifully. Remember at first how chaotic everything was after that date? It was awful...
  • Aviation Marketing 101 At Home Depot

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday June 27, 2012
    I have discovered the dangdest marketing plan. Though I found it at Home Depot, it is highly adaptable for aviation.   Recently my brilliant, handsome four-year-old grandchild came South from Boston for a visit. On Saturday his parents suggested we...
  • Small Airports And Spacecraft

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday June 6, 2012
    Because I live in the boondocks (Erwin,TN isn’t the end of the world, but it’s a short drive from here) people often ask me if I don’t hate having to travel from small airports, rather than the mega hubs. The answer is no, not at all. I like smaller...
  • Mama Bird Flies Home

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday May 23, 2012
    Last week I attended the funeral of a wonderful woman and pilot, Mrs. Evelyn Johnson, of Morristown,TN.   Many of you will know that Evelyn — or “Mama Bird,” as she was known — had more flying hours than any other living pilot, and more...
  • Nothing Certain But Change

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday May 9, 2012
    Pratt & Whitney (PW) held their two-day annual media day last week at headquarters in Hartford,CT. As usual, PW put on a treat event and taught me more about turbine engines than I can explain to anyone else.   My next column in Airport Business will...
  • Travel Stories

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday April 25, 2012
    During the last eight days I made speeches in Columbus,GA; Sidney, OH, andTerre Haute, IN. I drove to Columbus (will I never learn?) and flew airlines to Dayton,OH and Indianapolis, IN.   All three trips went well. Flights were pretty much on time...
  • Travel Ain't Bad—But Making The Arrangements Is Awful!

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday April 11, 2012
    Sometimes I wonder how the airport industry survives, what with the travel industry being so dadgum (that is NOT the word I’d like to use) difficult to deal with. At the moment I’m disgusted with the rental car business, and one of the...
  • The Free Market, and Latrines

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday March 28, 2012
    Y’all, please forgive me. Today this blog will include missionaries in Africa, latrines and, believe it or not, the free market. It’s all to prove how intelligent were our forefathers in accepting an economic system that serves aviation so well in the...
  • Watching aviation/aerospace has never been more exciting

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday March 14, 2012
    NextGen is looking more and more doable and wonderful. This will greatly enhance the efficiency, safety and capacity of our system and thus improve the capabilities of airports.   In the meantime, privately-funded space programs are out there, each...
  • A Pleasant Surprise!

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday February 29, 2012
    I have spent many years marketing flight training, with varying results. This week I got a pleasant surprise. WNC Aviation, Asheville, NC, (hereinafter called WNC, which, BTW, stands for Western North Carolina) is actually selling flight instruction...