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  • Human-Powered GSE

    By John Goglia - Tuesday November 29, 2011
    So much talk these days of gasoline-powered vs. electric GSE makes one forget sometimes that so many small airports around the country – and likely around the world – have people-powered ground support equipment. I was reminded of that just this...
  • A Ramp’s Eye View From London Heathrow

    By John Goglia - Tuesday November 15, 2011
    I spent a few hours at London's Heathrow Airport last week. I always enjoy seeing how things work on the ramp in other parts of the globe. I was on my way to and from a conference on PMA parts (parts produced by holders of parts manufacturing approval...
  • Lack Of FBO Standards Affects Cost Of GSE Operations

    By John Goglia - Wednesday November 2, 2011
    We've all known for a while that a lack of fixed base operator standards affects operations from FBO to FBO, and can increase the cost of operations for air carriers and FBOs alike. What I was not aware of until recently was that the lack of standards...
  • Gloom-And-Doom Media Reports From NBAA Exaggerated

    By John Goglia - Tuesday October 18, 2011
    All things considered, my impression from my three days at the National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas is that things are going all right for business aviation. That’s not a ringing endorsement of the economic...
  • Hurry Up And Wait (Or Is It The Other Way Around?)

    - Tuesday October 4, 2011
    The last couple of days I've been doing a fair amount of hurrying up and waiting outside a government test facility where a project I'm working on is slowly making its way over all the hurdles necessary to win government approval. And I'm not complaining...
  • Fuel Contamination Concerns Grow

    - Tuesday September 27, 2011
    Adding to worries over food and drug contamination, now there are reports of an emerging concern over aviation fuel contamination. Public information is still scant but in just the last few months, there have been a disconcerting number of uncommanded...
  • Ramp Worker Safety

    - Tuesday September 13, 2011
    It's not often I fly through three airports by noon. But I did just that this past Sunday, starting on the East Coast and ending up in the Southwest. Air traffic was very light – probably because it was the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks...
  • End Of Summer – Time To Winterize GSE

    - Tuesday August 30, 2011
    The chill in the air this past week was a refreshing change from the sweltering heat this summer brought to the Northeast. As the temperatures dipped into the 40s overnight in Boston, my thoughts turned to the importance of preparing for winter. For those...
  • Cameras On The Ramp — Not Just For Security

    - Tuesday August 16, 2011
    Most major airports have security cameras almost everywhere on the ramp. But I’m finding that may not be true at many GA airports – even those with a high traffic of expensive private jets and Part 135 operators. And security cameras are, of course...
  • Your Tax Dollars at Work (Not)

    - Tuesday August 2, 2011
    Airports in all 50 states have seen construction on infrastructure projects, large and small, grind to a complete halt. Why? Because Congress failed to pass an extension of the FAA’s authority to collect the taxes deposited into the Aviation Trust...