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  • Whistle Blowers On The Ramp

    By John Goglia - Tuesday October 9, 2012
    I’m sure most of you have heard of the allegations of a fueler at Sea-Tac who says he was suspended from his job for raising safety concerns regarding fueling operations at the airport, including broken equipment and fuel leaks. The fueling company...
  • An Emergency Plan Sitting On A Shelf Is Like No Emergency Plan At All

    By John Goglia - Tuesday September 25, 2012
    As I participated in another regularly scheduled emergency drill at Logan Airport this past week, I thought of how important these drills are in the event of a real emergency. I have worked in disaster response and emergency planning for decades and...
  • What Does a Forgotten Chock Tell You?

    By John Goglia - Tuesday September 11, 2012
    Pushing back from Logan International Airport this week, I – and all the other passengers on the crowded Airbus 320 – felt the unmistakable jolts, sounds and vibrations of the aircraft running over something. Sure enough, as the aircraft completed...
  • Tow Bars Really Do Break When You Least Expect It

    By John Goglia - Monday August 27, 2012
    I know I’ve written about tow bars breaking before in this space. But it’s always worth repeating since a lot of tug drivers seem to drive as though that possibility never occurred to them. Coupled with the drivers perhaps driving a little too fast...
  • Ramp’s Eye View Of Private Flying

    By John Goglia - Tuesday August 14, 2012
    Once in a while, it’s wonderful to fly on a private jet. OK, it’s always wonderful. A taste of flying private spoils you from the moment your car pulls up to the aircraft. Yes, pulls up to the aircraft. And, of course, there are no check-in lines...
  • Decent Wages for Ramp Workers?

    By John Goglia - Tuesday July 31, 2012
    Of course, it comes as no surprise to me that ramp workers in a major U.S city are not paid a lot. But to see them highlighted in a study reported in The New York Times is dismaying indeed. According to the Times , the study listed “the city’s...
  • Lightning Precautions For Ramp Workers

    By John Goglia - Tuesday July 17, 2012
    Waiting for pushback the other day on a flight with a short connecting time for yet another flight, the Captain announced an indefinite delay because of weather – lightning in the area of the airport, to be precise. While I was worried about making my...
  • Summer Heat Precautions On The Ramp

    By John Goglia - Tuesday July 3, 2012
    The first sweltering days of summer are here in the Northeast, and I can’t help but think what it’s like for workers on the ramp. Extreme heat and humidity causes fatigue and delays reaction time. Many of us on the safety side of aviation have...
  • A Peek At India’s Aviation Future At HYD

    By John Goglia - Tuesday June 19, 2012
    While India’s growth rate may have slowed in recent months, its aviation growth is still expected to be significant, especially when compared to the rest of the world (except maybe China).  I had the privilege to spend several weeks in Hyderabad...
  • Ramp Watch At LHR

    By John Goglia - Tuesday June 5, 2012
    As readers of my blog surely know by now, if I have a few hours to kill at an airport, I spend the time watching ramp operations. Some people – I suppose, a lot of people – would be spending that time shopping or getting food or a drink in the bar. To...