AIN Blogs

October 28, 2012 - 7:25pm
Bill Carey
A campaign button advertises the ATM World Congress

It’s not the U.S. presidential election, but it’s similarly hard-fought and bitter. In a previous post, we reported on the showdown between ATC Global, the long-established ATC conference run by global media company UBM, and the upstart World ATM Congress, advanced by the Netherlands-based Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (Canso) “in association” with the Air Traffic Control Association (Atca) of the U.S.

October 26, 2012 - 7:00am
Nigel Moll
Hawker 4000 on Viper

Reaction to the collapse of negotiations between Hawker Beechcraft and Superior Aviation Beijing seems to be less that of surprise and more about the inevitability of the dead end the two companies reached.

October 24, 2012 - 12:51pm
Curt Epstein
While the view from the front office of a jet might be commonplace to some, for others it's like an initiation into a private club.

As a non-pilot I have rarely found myself in the cockpit of a jet airplane in flight. In fact, I have been afforded this distinct privilege exactly twice in two distinctly different aircraft.

October 18, 2012 - 10:57am
Jeff Burger
President Obama

Virtually every industry and profession in America enjoys the backing of an association and its lobbyists. And it doesn’t matter whether those lobbyists represent funeral directors, textile manufacturers, dairy farmers or dental consultants.

October 17, 2012 - 1:51pm
Gregory Polek

A refreshing perspective on the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme went largely unnoticed last week, when organizers of a conference call to discuss a new study commissioned by the German Marshall Fund of the United States canceled the event due to a lack of registrants.

October 15, 2012 - 11:40am
Jennifer Leach English
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

By the time we first discussed putting Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh on the cover of Business Jet Traveler, I had already been a steady customer of the company for five years and knew all about its astonishing service standards.

October 10, 2012 - 1:11pm
David A. Lombardo

Someone intimated I was old this week. Well, actually what he said was, “Dude, you’re so a fossil.”

“I have a Facebook page,” I blurted out in my defense.

“Lame,” was the response.

October 3, 2012 - 7:36pm
Matt Thurber
737 in Shanghai

We’re at it again, hyping the upcoming pilot and mechanic shortage. (How come we never talk about flight attendant shortages?) Maintenance shops are having a hard time finding mechanics, and the new 1,500-hour rule for airline pilots means that airlines that are now losing their 65-year-old pilots to retirement are sucking instructors out of flight schools.
Oh, woe is us! What are we going to do?

October 2, 2012 - 2:15pm
John Goglia

Judging by the positive press from AOPA and EAA, one would think the pilot’s bill of rights is going to do wonders for pilots fighting FAA enforcement actions, especially the unfair kinds of action that many of us have criticized.

October 1, 2012 - 9:21am
Jeff Burger

For several years, you’ve been able to book charter flights on the Internet and now, as we’ve reported in Business Jet Traveler, there’s a retail store in London–The Jet Business–where you can actually walk in off the street and buy an airplane.

I think I can see where this trend is headed.