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

May 3, 2012 - 7:28am
BJT has more than 35,000 readers, and they're all different.

Naturally, the editors of Business Jet Traveler hope that you’ll find every article we publish to be tailor-made for your needs. But of course that’s impossible: last time I checked, we had 35,633 subscribers and—beyond the fact that they presumably share an interest in business aviation—they’re all different. Some of them love golf; others have never set foot on a golf course.

May 1, 2012 - 12:15am

Just a few years ago, no one in the aviation safety business anywhere on earth would have seriously asked if the FAA is losing its safety edge. For more than half a century, the FAA was the unquestioned leader in airline safety around the globe, the one all other nations looked to for leadership in setting the safety bar. 

April 24, 2012 - 7:17am
John Allen, FAA Flight Standards Service Director

The New York City Department of Education has sent a list of words to companies bidding to revamp the city’s standardized tests. The words are considered to be inappropriate and make some people uncomfortable. Among them: dinosaur, pepperoni and dancing. Seriously.

April 13, 2012 - 3:56pm
Shatner BJT cover

Buzz Aldrin’s importance in the history of the world cannot be overstated, and yet I get the impression when reading Matt Thurber’s interview (and others)–in the April/ May 2012 edition of Business Jet Traveler that Aldrin views 32 years of sobriety as his greatest achievement.

April 11, 2012 - 10:00am
NASA Langley head-worn display

Lightweight, head-worn displays designed for military aircraft might eventually find a home in commercial cockpits as well. Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., have developed an eyewear clip-on display for use by pilots during airport surface operations, the subject of recent solicitation to industry for possible commercialization.

April 5, 2012 - 12:04pm
Corporate Angel Network patient

Like me, I’m sure, you have far too much to do every day. So when you’re asked to participate in a survey, you usually take a pass. I generally do. Not only don’t I have the time, but I can rarely find a compelling answer to what I admit is one of the first questions to cross my mind: what’s in it for me?

April 5, 2012 - 8:00am
Aircraft Lighting International's LED reading light replacement.

Last week, I walked through my local grocery and happened to come across the displays of new light bulbs. You know, the ones with the odd shapes and higher prices. The ones that our government has determined to be more environmentally correct.

March 30, 2012 - 11:50am

The dicey situation in which JetBlue captain Clayton Osbon apparently suffered some kind of mental breakdown while commanding a flight from New York to Las Vegas on March 27 raises some important questions.

March 22, 2012 - 10:39am

The Aerospace States Association (ASA) has hit upon a new take on building model airplanes. In this case, the “models” are full size.

February 20, 2012 - 7:53pm

In an informal reader poll conducted on AINonline, readers chose Jack Pelton, the former CEO of Cessna Aircraft, by a margin of 46 percent (89 votes) to be the next FAA Administrator.

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