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  • Captain Langford's Last Flight

    - Wednesday December 20, 2006
    Don Langford, FedEx Captain, will fly his last flight on Christmas Day. After that, he turns 60, and will be deemed unfit to fly as an airline pilot in this country. I have known Don since he was fighting to become an airline pilot. He is the only person...
  • Continuity Means Survival

    - Wednesday December 6, 2006
    I spoke on Tuesday, December 5, for the fourth annual continuity conference of State Street Corporation in Quincy, MA. I first met these people when speaking for New England Disaster Recovery Exchange (NEDRIX) in past years. Continuity—in this...
  • Business Telephony 101

    - Thursday November 30, 2006
    Wife Gail and I are living in the midst of total chaos. We decided to move from Huntsville, AL, to Asheville, NC, to be closer to her parents. We figured this would be a leisurely process of some months. The real estate lady said it typically takes...
  • Black Monday in Alabama

    - Tuesday November 21, 2006
    Yesterday — Monday — was a bad day in Huntsville, AL, where I live. You probably read about it. A school bus with about 45 teen students aboard plunged off of the interstate and fell 30 feet nose first. To date, there are three fatalities...
  • Frustration

    - Monday November 13, 2006
    Umpty-ump years ago, several men pooled resources and set out to revive the Helio Courier aircraft. No naive, starry-eyed business neophytes, these folks had vast experience in aircraft sales, finance, insurance, and other fields. They got one airplane...
  • First Officer School

    - Tuesday November 7, 2006
    An airline pilot pointed out an ad in a major aviation publication. It worries me. A flight training school advertises a "First Officer Program" that includes "Over 250 hours of actual FAR Part 121 turboprop passenger airline First Officer experience...
  • Déjà Vu All Over Again

    - Tuesday October 31, 2006
    The more things change, and all that… According to USA Today today, on Friday United raised fares by six dollars. Imagine that, six whole dollars. American, Continental, Delta, and Northwest quickly followed suit with identical fare...
  • Earth Shaking News

    - Tuesday October 24, 2006
    Two newspaper items caught my attention in the last week: First, USA Today, October 23, breathlessly reported on the front page with big headlines "Fares climb 15% for holiday." Well, duh. Breaths there a reader who doesn’t know that airfares...
  • The Big Easy

    - Tuesday October 17, 2006
    I write this from the National Airports Conference in New Orleans. I have learned more today than I can digest, so will not be imparting any great words of wisdom this week. This week, I will just impart a few observations… First, this was my first...
  • Media Travel Tips

    - Tuesday October 10, 2006
    Hey, folks, aviation is interesting again—at least to the media. The October 16 issue of Fortune is typical. The Business Life section features "Secrets to Smarter Travel," including "300-day-a-year traveler who spills all his tricks," and "Road...