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

July 8, 2013 - 3:32pm

I’ve always been one to deliberate carefully before spending money, but I might not have labeled myself an obsessive shopper until the day, several years ago, when I went looking for a new kitchen faucet.

July 8, 2013 - 2:55pm

For a time in the 1970s and 1980s, Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire gave out his Golden Fleece Awards. But they had nothing to do with Jason and Argonauts.

July 1, 2013 - 12:20am

How accurate should airworthiness directives be? Before you answer that question, let me give you an example of an actual AD applicable to the Airbus A318/319/320/321 and then you can decide whether the information provided is sufficient for a mechanic to perform the required maintenance properly. I know you’re not all mechanics, but I don’t think you need to be one to see the problem.

May 31, 2013 - 9:11am

In the latest print edition of Aviation International News sister publication Business Jet Traveler and on its website, you’ll discover BJT’s Second Annual Book of Lists feature, which we hope you’ll find both informative and entertaining.

May 30, 2013 - 4:56pm
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Everyone in general aviation (GA) seems happy that the U.S. Senate has introduced a bill to force the FAA to simplify Part 23 certification regulations, the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013 (S.1072) introduced by senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). According to NBAA, this bill and another introduced in the House of Representatives “would set a date for implementation of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) recommendations to adopt consensus-based, design-specific performance requirements to achieve FAA certification.”

May 22, 2013 - 10:12am

One of the unfortunate but unavoidable facts of aviation is that accidents happen. While investigators work to determine why, and attorneys debate over who is responsible, in nearly every case there is a tragic human element involved-families of victims, who suddenly have their lives torn apart. It is a situation no one wants to be in.

May 1, 2013 - 10:56am

Last month in this space, I suggested some reading matter for the road. Now it’s time to talk about films for your flight.

April 1, 2013 - 10:15am

I really thought we had heard the end of the FAA’s one-level-of-safety mantra after Colgan Air Flight 3407, masquerading as a Continental Airlines codeshare, crashed in a fiery ball in a residential area just outside Buffalo, N.Y., one snowy February night four years ago.

March 28, 2013 - 2:32pm

The second annual Book of Lists feature in Business Jet Traveler, sister publication to Aviation In

March 2, 2013 - 7:30am
President Obama has proposed eliminating a tax break for business jet buyers.

If I had to sum up the benefits of business jets in just one word, I might pick “convenience.” According to Wikipedia, “convenient procedures, products and services are those intended to increase ease in accessibility, save resources (such as time, effort and energy) and decrease frustration.”

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