About AIN Publications

Founded in 1972, AIN Publications is an independent media company focused on the aviation sector. Our stated mission is “To provide timely, accurate and balanced aviation and aerospace news, analysis and data around the world.” We accomplish this mission by employing a dedicated staff of experts in their respective fields. We adhere to strict guidelines of ethics and good-practices, a policy that has made AIN Publications one of the most trusted sources for aviation news in the world.

Our products and publications consist of the following:

Aviation International News is a monthly trade publication focused on the business aviation market and packed full of news, features, special reports and survey results. Aviation International News is delivered in printed and digital format to more than 38,000 qualified readers around the world.

AINalerts is an e-newsletter that is emailed four times a week, Monday through Thursday. Consisting of eight to 12 self-contained short articles, each issue of AINalerts keeps subscribers up-to-date on everything that is happening in business aviation.

AINonline ranks as one of the leading websites for all types of aviation news worldwide. At AINonline.com our journalists from around the world cover all sectors of the aviation industry, from business aviation to air transport to defense and unmanned aerial vehicles. At AINonline.com you can also find our in-depth special reports and content from our on-site products.

AIN’s Airshow News & Convention News daily issues are published on-site at the world’s most prestigious aviation airshows and conventions every year. At each event our team works round-the-clock to produce three or four full-size magazines filled with news, announcements and in-depth analyses. The magazines are distributed free to all event attendees and to dozens of area hotels. Digital copies of the issues are available on ISSUU.com.

AIN Publications publishes these on-site issues:

  • ABACE Convention News
  • EBACE Convention News
  • HAI Convention News [at Heli-Expo]
  • LABACE Convention News
  • MEBA Convention News
  • NBAA Convention News
  • Dubai Airshow News
  • Farnborough Airshow News
  • Paris Airshow News
  • Singapore Airshow News

AINtv, the company’s video arm, regularly creates short news videos about aviation that are posted on AINonline and on AINtv’s YouTube channel.

Business Jet Traveler is one of the few magazines focused exclusively on the end-users of private lift. Business Jet Traveler is published seven times per year (six bimonthly issues and an annual buyer’s guide), providing more than 32,000 readers with the information they need to maximize their investment in private air transport. Business Jet Traveler also publishes a special issue of the buyer’s guide in Mandarin each year.

BJTonline is the website for Business Jet Traveler that makes all the magazine’s content available for easy access. BJTonline.com is a great resource for any level of private-lift user, including first-timers, air-charter customers, fractional-aircraft owners and whole-aircraft owners.

History

Founded in 1972 by aviation editor James Holahan and publisher Wilson S. Leach, The Convention News Company (now branded as AIN Publications) published its first issues of NBAA Convention News at that year’s National Business Aviation Association Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Today AIN still publishes NBAA Convention News but has branched into other products and other aviation sectors, making it one of the most respected aviation news sources in the world.

AIN PUBLICATIONSETHICS & GOOD-PRACTICE POLICIES

Accuracy and fairness. Our articles will provide all relevant facts, explain the basis for them and give all parties concerned an opportunity to offer opinions or explanations.

We will not rely on facts reported in other publications unless we have verified them and made clear where and when they first appeared.

Headlines will not misrepresent the point of an article.

We will not change photos in a way that gives a false impression of what they show. We may make minor changes to improve the quality of reproduction. We may remove the registration number (i.e., “N number” or tail number) or other identifying markings on an aircraft in a photo upon request and we will always remove such markings if their presence could give a wrong impression (e.g., if an aircraft that had nothing to do with illegal activity is used to illustrate a story about such activity).

In some situations, such as reporting characteristics of an aircraft, the only viable information source will be the manufacturer. When it is not practical to independently verify facts, we will make the source of the information clear.

In seeking information, our staff and freelance writers will be honest about the purpose of their inquiries. When individuals or representatives of companies are unwilling or unable to comment on a situation, the resulting article will make clear that we gave them an opportunity to do so. When seeking a comment, reporters will give a deadline for responding.

When we publish allegations against or criticisms of individuals or companies, their responses will appear as closely as possible to each point made. In addition, the story will clearly describe who is making these points and what vested interest he or she may have.

Objectivity. We maintain strict separation between advertising and all editorial content. Whether or not a company is an advertiser will have no effect on whether or how we cover it. Editorial considerations and readers’ needs will dictate all coverage decisions.

All content produced for advertisers, such as advertorials, content marketing, custom publishing and other such products that are published together with or in close proximity to “pure” editorial content will be clearly identified as such, so that there will be no doubt in the mind of a typical reader that the advertising content is not pure editorial.

Articles will not be a platform for reporters’ viewpoints. The obvious exception: opinion pieces, such as editorial commentaries, blogs and reviews of aircraft, autos, etc.

Staff writers and editors should not work for individuals or companies in the aviation industry or for other aviation magazines. (Freelance writers who work for AIN Publications may work for other publications, unless stipulated otherwise in their retainer agreement with AIN.) Moreover, AIN editors and staff and freelance writers should not directly own stock in companies they write about. However, it is acceptable for stock in these companies to be held by mutual funds in which our writers and editors invest, as shareholders in funds do not control trading of their stocks.

Prepublication drafts. We generally do not provide manuscripts to sources or article subjects in advance of publication, though we may occasionally make exceptions to this rule (e.g. if an article contains complex technical information that would benefit from external review). In these situations, however, we will typically allow someone to review only portions of an article and we will retain the right to veto any suggested changes.

Travel assistance. Accepting company hospitality or assistance with travel plans could compromise our independence. On the other hand, this is sometimes the only practical way to participate in a company briefing or other event. We may accept such assistance if it involves a group media visit or an event in which other publications and reporters are participating. We will not accept invitations to travel at the expense of a company if no other media are participating. However, there may sometimes be circumstances (such as BJT’s Getaways series and demonstrations of aircraft for pilot reports in which journalists are individually invited to fly the aircraft on different dates) where this policy is not viable. In these situations, the editors will decide whether accepting hospitality or assistance would compromise our independence.

Accountability. When we receive a complaint about an article, we will quickly review it. If we’ve erred, we will apologize to the parties concerned and, where appropriate, publish a correction or clarification.

If a company or individual writes to make a noteworthy point that contradicts an article we’ve published, we will make every effort to publish the letter. In this case, the article writer will be offered the chance to make a counter-response.

Unnamed sources. If a source asks to tell a reporter something off the record before saying it, we will treat the statement only as background information that cannot be published.

While we seek to avoid unnamed sources, there may be circumstances when a credible source does not want to be or cannot be named. In such cases, we will consider the source’s motives in making the comments and seeking anonymity. The appropriate publication editor and AIN Publications editor-in-chief, in consultation with legal counsel and others, if needed, will be the judge as to whether use of the unnamed source is in the public interest.

When we do use unnamed sources, we will make every effort to corroborate information independently. Moreover, we will give as much information as possible about their background and any vested interest they may have. Especially where sources are being critical of a third party, they must provide strong supporting evidence for such comments.

Quotes. As a general rule, direct quotations will not be edited. Especially in Q&A-formatted interviews, however, we may do minor rephrasing and tightening up of grammar to improve readability. Editing should never change the point of what someone is saying.

Reader feedback. Without contacting the writer, we may publish letters and emails that have been submitted for publication and comments that have been posted on our websites. However, whenever possible, we will contact the writer of the letter or email, to confirm that the person did, in fact, write it. If the possibility exists that a letter or email was not intended for publication, we will obtain the writer’s permission before using it. Requests by letter and email writers that their identities not be published will be subject to the same scrutiny as unnamed sources.