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  • Biofuels As Game-Changers

    - Tuesday July 19, 2011
    It may be too early to call biofuels game-changers for GSE but they do offer some exciting prospects. For one, their use – in certain mixtures – will not require changes to existing equipment. Wouldn’t that be nice? Imagine getting the benefits...
  • ELECTRIC GSE ON HOLD?

    - Tuesday July 5, 2011
    Is it just my impression, or has the move to electric GSE slowed down ever since Congress announced that it was not going to take up climate change?  From my travels around the country, it seems to me that ground support companies that were planning...
  • Trickle Down Baggage Fees?

    - Monday June 20, 2011
    Just as the airlines have done a good job of hiding those pesky baggage fees from the passengers who pay them, they have also managed to hide the amount of money they were raking in from those fees from all of us.  Until now, of course.  Media...
  • Ramp's Eye View at DIA

    - Tuesday May 31, 2011
    Rarely a week goes by that I’m not flying into or out of an airport somewhere in the country.  As I hopscotch around, large airports and small, I never tire of looking at how different airports operate.  Just a couple of days ago, I flew in and out of...
  • GSE's Participation in Airport Emergency Drills

    - Tuesday May 17, 2011
    I participated in an emergency response drill yesterday at Logan Airport here in Boston. Around a hundred people participated from all levels of airline and airport management, in addition to police, fire, and Red Cross representatives.  Also present...
  • Large aircraft exemptions — does your airport have one?

    - Monday May 2, 2011
    As an accident investigator for many years, I was interested to learn that the A380 that spun a Comair Regional Jet with its oversize wing span had been granted an exemption from FAA standards to operate at JFK.  The exemption was granted based on...
  • Deicing Oddities

    - Friday April 15, 2011
    Just when I think I’ve heard it all, something new comes across my desk or, more accurately, beeps into my Blackberry mailbox.  Just recently, a friend who teaches a graduate course for aviation workers on airport environmental rules and regulations (a...
  • MIA Fuel Farm Fire

    - Tuesday March 29, 2011
    I was on one of those hundreds of American flights into MIA that were canceled because of the huge fuel farm fire at the airport.  I ended up taking a different airline into Orlando and driving to Miami.  (I never understood people ruining their...
  • Are your emergency plans up to date?

    - Tuesday March 15, 2011
    As the latest disaster in Japan reminds us, natural disasters — earthquakes and tsunamis, being just two examples — can occur at any time, often with little or no warning.  While the tragedy unfolding in Japan is on a scale we, fortunately, do...
  • Live from Las Vegas

    - Monday February 28, 2011
    I’ve always wanted to be able to say that!  And this year I am live from Las Vegas — not performing, of course — but blogging from the Cygnus Aviation Expo (although this won’t be posted until I’m back).  If you made it out here, you’ll...