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  • Is Your Airport Taking Advantage Of The VALE Program?

    By John Goglia - Tuesday May 15, 2012
    I know a lot of people roll their eyes when they think of applying for federal funding for anything. Red tape and lots of it comes to mind almost immediately. But the VALE (Voluntary Airport Low Emissions) program may have some advantages over the...
  • GAO Faults FAA And NTSB On Ramp Safety Data

    By John Goglia - Monday April 30, 2012
    It will certainly come as no surprise to readers of this blog that government agencies do not give ramp areas the same level of attention to safety they give to airline operations, maintenance or other areas of an airport, such as runways and...
  • Cameras On The Jet Bridge

    By John Goglia - Tuesday April 17, 2012
    I was talking the other day with a gate agent at Delta and he was telling me what a difference it makes when there's a camera under the jet bridge. It's so much easier to avoid damage to property and injuries to people when you can see what's around the...
  • Fatigue Management For Ramp Workers

    By John Goglia - Tuesday April 3, 2012
    There’s not going to be a duty time rule for ramp workers any time soon. Pilot flight and duty time rules took three years from the crash of Colgan in Buffalo in February of 2009 to finally get promulgated – and fatigue may well have played a role...
  • 2012 Aviation Expo Lives Up To Hype

    By John Goglia - Tuesday March 13, 2012
    Sometimes it is possible to keep getting better! The Cygnus Aviation Expo this past week promised to be better than ever, and it was. Maybe it is a harbinger of better times for GSE – but the exhibits were plentiful with a lot of new technology and...
  • Training Ramp Workers

    By John Goglia - Tuesday February 28, 2012
    One of my pet peeves when I ran my own FBO was training the ramp guys. There never seemed to be enough time – and the customer never wanted to spend any money – getting the ramp guys trained to the customer's needs. After all, customers usually call...
  • Ramp Markings Can Protect Equipment From Damage

    By John Goglia - Tuesday February 7, 2012
    As I crisscrossed the country this past week – from Boston’s BOS to New York’s LGA and later that same day from JFK to LAX – I couldn’t help but notice how some airports or airlines do a much better job of marking the ramp area than others...
  • Towing Corporate Aircraft Without Anyone In The Cockpit

    By John Goglia - Tuesday January 17, 2012
    I know a lot of business-aircraft owners don’t want strangers – including maintenance people – on their aircraft, if they don’t have to. This is in part for obvious security reasons, but also because maintenance people may not be as careful with...
  • Zero Tolerance For Corrupt Baggage Handlers

    By John Goglia - Tuesday January 3, 2012
    A recent front page article in the New York Times on the "culture of corruption" among certain baggage handlers at JFK and other airports is a stunning indictment of ramp operations. Aside from all the obvious issues with employees stealing or being...
  • 'What Does It Mean When It’s Raining … Inside the Bus?'

    By John Goglia - Tuesday December 13, 2011
    A long-time friend asked me this question recently. He's no ordinary traveler. He's a very frequent flier and was, until a few years ago, in a high position at a major aviation regulatory agency in the United States. (Yes, that's FAA.) While he knows a...