AIN Blogs

AIN’s editors offer their opinions, observations and thoughts on everything aviation.

February 5, 2014 - 3:00pm
AmSafe business jet safety belt

Some private fliers seem to want to remain “under the radar.” They like that they can avoid interaction with the general public by leaving and arriving via inconspicuous FBOs, and they travel on unmarked jets, sometimes with the protection of NBAA’s Block Aircraft Registration Request program. The less of an impression they make on the masses the better.

February 1, 2014 - 12:15am

Reports that the captain of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that crashed at San Francisco International Airport was stressed about landing at the airport without a glideslope left many of us shaking our heads.

January 17, 2014 - 5:02pm
Avantair auction

While my primary job was to be an observer at the Avantair bankruptcy auction–which was held in a warehouse just a mile from the company’s former Clearwater (Fla.) Airport on Friday, January 10–I was also a participating bidder. Bidder number 156 to be exact.

January 8, 2014 - 9:17am

If you’re a journalist, it helps to know how to write. But sometimes, nothing matters more than doing your research.     

January 7, 2014 - 10:28am
RC Super Cub

An FAA enforcement case against the operator of a commercial drone or unmanned aircraft system (UAS) may lead to a determination of whether the FAA has regulatory jurisdiction over model radio-control aircraft and whether the agency can prohibit the commercial operation of such aircraft. This is believed to be the first FAA enforcement action against the operator of a radio-controlled model aircraft.

December 17, 2013 - 12:45pm
Pipistrel Alpha

Today is the 110th anniversary of the first powered flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina. This anniversary is a good jumping-off point to reflect on how far aviation has come in the past 110 years.

December 17, 2013 - 1:25am

Incorrect data in aviation records is serious in the extreme. Aviation depends on data entry to record everything from student pilot training to air carrier compliance with airworthiness directives to scores of information on every aspect of defeating gravity safely. For that reason, air safety relies in large part on records, the accuracy of which is critical.

December 1, 2013 - 12:10am

I got to thinking about voluntary versus mandatory safety reporting programs after reading an article in a British newspaper about two UK pilots who allegedly fell asleep in the cockpit of an Airbus A330 shortly after takeoff. What caught my attention was the statement from the UK Civil Aviation Authority that enforcement action against the pilots is unlikely.

November 29, 2013 - 11:31am
The Wright brothers take off—only 66 years before Apollo 11.

Going, Going, Gone: Vanishing Americana, one of my favorite books, offers compelling evidence of how fast our world is being transformed. On page after page, we see products, services, vocations and styles that once seemed integral to daily life but have nearly or completely disappeared. Remember milkmen? Carbon paper? Phone booths? Drive-in movies? Vinyl records? All gone or mostly gone.

November 21, 2013 - 7:30am
Landmark Aviation's temporary signage goes up on the former Panorama Flight Support at New York Westchester County Airport

Apparently it is no longer enough to have just one FBO at an airport, as first Signature Flight Support and now Landmark Aviation have demonstrated at Westchester County Airport.

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