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  • Death of a Customer

    - Thursday July 19, 2007
    In 1949, a classic American drama, Death of A Salesman, was introduced to the public. Written by Arthur Miller (hey, what can you say about a man who not only wrote brilliantly but who also married Marilyn Monroe?), the play became a huge success. I...
  • Politics and Aviation

    - Thursday July 12, 2007
    Lady Bird Johnson has died. That brings back hundreds of memories of days gone by… For you really young folks, Lady Bird was the wife of Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ), the vice president who became president when John Kennedy was killed in 1963 in...
  • Above and Beyond

    - Wednesday July 4, 2007
    Airplanes climb with power over and above that power required just to stay aloft. I am convinced that people do the same. I remember when I learned to water ski. At first, it took all of my knowledge, skill, and strength to stay on top of the water...
  • State of the Industry—Deja Vu

    - Thursday June 28, 2007
    The June issue of Airport Business magazine is the State of the Industry report. Issues like that always get me thinking about how much the industry has changed since I first appeared on the scene in 1969. I obtained my private license under the tutelage...
  • One More Example

    - Friday June 22, 2007
    Yesterday's USA Today bemoans the passport mess. In case you’ve been too busy to notice, this year (some five and a half years after 9/11/2001) the guvmint began requiring passports for re-entry from Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean...
  • Not The Airlines' Fault...

    - Friday June 15, 2007
    We had a family problem this week, the sickness of an aged and beloved relative, and all three of our kids came in from all over. Son Brett flew in from Gibraltar, Kevin flew from Boston, and Melanie, thank goodness, drove in from Atlanta. Everybody had...
  • It Was a Good Week

    - Friday June 8, 2007
    Readers of long standing (surely there must be a few of you) will remember that when we lived in Huntsville, AL, I regularly attended breakfast meetings of the Greater Northern Alabama Lying Pilots’ Coffee-Drinking & Hangar-Talking Society. Those...
  • Sssh—They Might Find Us

    - Thursday May 31, 2007
    Gail and I bought a house today for the first time in 24 years. It was a nightmare. You should have seen the amount of paper we had to sign, swear to, and abide by. I swear we had to agree to pay fees on top of fees for one thing after another. We dotted...
  • That's My Boy!

    - Thursday May 24, 2007
    You no doubt know of the huge treasure trove of coins discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration and brought back to the States. My youngest, Brett, is an Odyssey employee. As a side scan sonar technician/operator, he searches for such treasures from...
  • Avgas — Here To Stay?

    - Thursday May 17, 2007
    Please don’t ask me from whence came the info on which I base my suspicions, but I wonder about the future of avgas. Some very knowledgeable folks (who wish to remain anonymous) say that avgas will die a not-so-slow death. The arguments are...