AIN Blogs

September 8, 2011 - 7:59am
Chad Trautvetter

As editor of AINalerts, I recently asked readers to share their accounts of 9/11, so I thought it only fair to share my own story from that tragic day. At that time, I was living in Northern New Jersey and working out of AIN’s editorial offices in Midland Park, N.J.

September 8, 2011 - 6:56am
Charles Alcock
Charter operators are doing their best to stay cheerful in the face of myriad

I thought that working in the media was a precarious career path until I started to learn more about the executive charter business. In the media these days we struggle to understand how our hard work will be paid for, with readers less and less willing to pay for our words and pictures and advertising budgets shrinking. Evidently, too many people out there think that a credible free press comes for free.

September 8, 2011 - 4:59am
AIN Staff

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, AIN asked our readers–many of whom are corporate pilots–to write the narrative by sharing their own personal stories of that day, and share they did. While some 3,650 days have passed since then, their accounts still include minute details and raw emotion, evidence that 9/11 is indelibly etched in their minds forever.

September 7, 2011 - 6:48am
Jeff Burger

Virtually none of the growth in the general aviation field in the next decade will happen in the U.S. A certain business jet company is bound to go under or be acquired. A forthcoming aircraft model will be a flop.

September 2, 2011 - 2:30pm
R. Randall Padfield
North Sea weather isn’t always stormy, but it’s usually windy. (Photo by thin

Weather was not my best subject in flight school, though I readily accepted its importance for pilots. On the FAA written exam for my ATP, six of the eight questions I got wrong were about weather.

September 2, 2011 - 11:58am
Paul Lowe
The White House needs to continue to hear general aviation's message. (Photo

When President Obama was in his business aviation-bashing mode earlier this year, the general aviation industry countered with a rally in Wichita that attracted more than 2,000 GA workers. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was there, and he lauded the importance of general aviation manufacturers to the state of Kansas and the U.S. industrial base as a whole.

September 1, 2011 - 6:08am
Nigel Moll

NBAA put out a press release yesterday noting that there are “only 40 days left until NBAA 2011.” That's fitting, with Hurricane Irene’s liquid legacy threatening to linger for a biblical 40 days and 40 nights.

August 31, 2011 - 7:54am
Matt Thurber

The FAA has finally put a regulatory nail in the coffin of ice bridging with a new rule requiring Part 121 airline pilots to activate deicing systems at the first indication of ice accumulation.

August 22, 2011 - 10:44am
Curt Epstein

A century ago, the U.S. Navy purchased its first airplane after a series of tests in which a brave pilot–wearing inflated bicycle inner tubes as a lifejacket–demonstrated one could land safely aboard a ship and then take off from the same vessel. The date of that purchase–May 8, 1911–is considered the birthday of naval aviation. In the hundred years since, the aircraft carrier has evolved from a scouting tool to a leading strike weapon.

 
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