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  • Son of Blackbird?

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday November 13, 2013
    Son of Blackbird? I couldn’t believe my eyes, but there it was, in big print on the cover of Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST)— Son of Blackbird ! We all remember the Blackbird, otherwise called the SR-71, by far the world’s...
  • Business & Pleasure!

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday October 30, 2013
    In the last week of September I made a trip that included six airports in Tennessee, Georgia, Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio and Massachusetts. It was necessary to arise early in the morning—including once at 3:00 and once at 3:15—and that’s a lot...
  • “Last-Ditch Effort”

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday October 16, 2013
    I arose early this morning—not my favorite thing to do, but often necessary—and checked the computer for news about any changes in Washington, DC. The best analysis referred to negotiations as a “last ditch effort.” Last ditch, indeed. By...
  • Five Airports in One Tough Week—Pleasantly!

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday October 2, 2013
    I just took a one-week airline trip on a tight schedule. Airports included the Atlanta, Denver, Kearney, NE, Cincinnati, Boston and Tri-Cities, TN. Because I insist on taking the first flight out of my origin airport each day, my week included arising one...
  • Talk About Long-Range Plans!

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday September 18, 2013
    The older I get the more I’m amazed by progress.  Europe’s EADS chief technology officer, Jean Botti, has announced that a new aircraft, using the “E”-Thrust hybrid propulsion concept, will enter service in 2030 as a regional aircraft. The...
  • The Govmint Gonna Take Care of Us Again!

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday September 4, 2013
    Am I the only blogger in the aviation industry who has not written about the lawsuit by the guvmint to keep USAIR and American from taking advantage of us airline travelers? I’ve tried to ignore it, but just can’t stand it. The guvmint says if...
  • How Much The World Has Changed!

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday August 21, 2013
    Today you can read a jillion sources regarding the future of aviation. Seems that I’m the only person who doesn’t know exactly what the airport of the future will be like. I’m still trying to comprehend the changes that have taken place in my...
  • Has T. Boone Pickens Been Right All Along?

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday August 7, 2013
    The magazine, Aviation Week & Space Technology , ( AW&ST ), is a great source of technology for all things affecting aviation and many things affecting the world in general. My latest issue pointed out that the USA’s abundance of natural...
  • What Next?

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday July 31, 2013
    My first flight was as a passenger in the back seat of a Piper Pacer in 1954. I was 13. I remember that marvelous event as if it were yesterday. My three children first flew as infants, so missed out on the awesome magic and awe of that first flight...
  • Human-Powered Helicopter!

    By Ralph Hood - Wednesday July 17, 2013
    Unbelievable! A human-powered helicopter has been invented, built and flown by a team of Canadians! Don’t expect to be commuting in one any time soon, but the concept has been proven. This occurred because in 1980, the American Helicopter Society...