AIN Blogs

May 1, 2012 - 12:15am
John Goglia

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 27, 2012 - 11:10am
Gregory Polek
American Airlines workers rally in New York City on April 23.

While far from inevitable, the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines seems to have garnered support from virtually everyone who matters but the management of bankrupt AA

April 24, 2012 - 7:17am
David A. Lombardo
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
Jennifer Leach English
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
Bill Carey
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
Jeff Burger
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
Kirby J. Harrison
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.

April 3, 2012 - 2:12pm
Wilson S. Leach
Attendees read ABACE Convention News

Last week in Shanghai marked the beginning of a new era in business aviation. It also represented a major expansion of AIN’s continuing quest to serve the industry and those who employ it around the world.

March 30, 2012 - 11:50am
Matt Thurber

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 28, 2012 - 4:10am
Matt Thurber
Cessna Grand Caravan at Abace 2012

This year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace) has been a real eye-opener for a Westerner whose last visit to China was in 2003. Shanghai, where Abace 2012 is being held (it ends on March 29) at host airport Hongqiao International, is a beautiful and huge city.

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