AIN Blogs

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.

March 26, 2012 - 11:15am
John Goglia

Everyone agrees that airlines and major corporations need plans for deploying an emergency response in the event of an accident. The airlines, especially, are acutely aware of the intense media and regulatory scrutiny–and lawsuits–that follow any aviation disaster, especially one that involves substantial loss of life. All major airlines and large corporations have aviation accident response plans. Corporate counsel has seen to that.

March 25, 2012 - 1:00pm
Curt Epstein
Global Hawk Block 30

As UAVs become more prevalent, their capabilities will continue to develop. If you haven’t seen the videos demonstrating the nano-quadrotor UAVs under development at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, then you are missing something.

March 22, 2012 - 10:39am
Paul Lowe

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

March 14, 2012 - 3:48pm
Gregory Polek
Pilots in cockpit

At a time a shortage of pilots has prompted regional airlines to contemplate relaxing their experience minimums to attract new first officers, the proposed rule issued recently by the FAA to require an Air Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate for first officers—along with its accompanying

March 12, 2012 - 7:21am
Mark Huber

The Senate likely will take up a pair of amendments to the $52 billion federal highway bill (S.1813) beginning tomorrow that, if passed, would negatively affect the helicopter taxi and tour business nationwide.

March 5, 2012 - 3:57pm
Bill Carey

Major players in ATC are meeting in Amsterdam this week for ATC Global, which has long been considered the leading international event for the ATC community. This year’s conference and exhibition will feature more than 200 exhibiting companies and is expected to draw some 5,400 attendees.

March 5, 2012 - 9:46am
Jeff Burger
John F. Kennedy Jr.

Washington, D.C.–President Obama missed a major fundraising event yesterday due to cancellation of his JetBlue flight.

March 2, 2012 - 2:42pm
Paul Lowe
Rep. Jerry Costello

The leaders of the House aviation subcommittee have sent a letter to President Obama opposing his inclusion of a $100 aviation user fee in his Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal. It was signed by 195 members of the full House of Representatives.

While we’d like to think the current and future White House budget directors will finally get the message, don’t bet your farm on it. It’s often said that bad ideas never die in Washington.

March 1, 2012 - 9:15am
Nigel Moll

“Birdbrain…” It’s more an insult to our feathered brethren than to the human deemed short on intellect.

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