AIN Blogs

July 1, 2012 - 12:02am
John Goglia

The eagerly awaited proposed changes to the FAA’s Part 145 rules that govern repair stations domestically and abroad are finally out. Talk about years in the making! Twenty-three years if we go back to the first public hearings in 1989, a mere 13 from the 1999 issuance of the original NPRM that first proposed many of these same requirements.

June 29, 2012 - 4:17pm
Curt Epstein
A passenger disembarking from a business jet

NBAA’s No Plane-No Gain information campaign was created several years ago to combat the image of business aircraft portrayed in mainstream media as the private conveyances for top-level company executives heading to a teetime.

June 27, 2012 - 10:40am
Jeff Burger
Mike Harrah earned hundreds of millions as a real estate developer, but first he picked pineapples for 45 cents an hour.

Recently, my wife and I attended a college-planning event at our son’s high school. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Andre was 5 and we were taking notes at an orientation session for parents of new kindergarteners, but here we are. He’s 17 now and, with a little luck and a lot of our money, he’ll be heading off to college next year.

June 25, 2012 - 11:46am
Matt Thurber

There is only a little time left to comment on a petition for exemption from the third-class medical requirement for pilots flying recreationally. The exemption petition was submitted to the FAA by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the comment period closes on July 2. As of June 25, there were more than 3,300 comments, but the more comments received, the more the FAA might pay attention.

June 18, 2012 - 6:31am
David A. Lombardo
David Lombardo first flight

Saturday was a nice day in Chicago. The temperature and humidity belied what should normally have been the front end of the hot, Midwest summer season. It was simply beautiful and BC, my two-year-old Harley Fat Boy, was projecting a subconscious message to me, “Let’s go ride, writer-boy.”

June 14, 2012 - 6:18am
Nigel Moll
Warren Buffett

Like most professionals of advancing years, I get fairly inundated with offers of newsletters from financial advisors and stock pickers. One of them is Stephen Leeb’s The Cash Cow.

June 8, 2012 - 3:23pm
Gregory Polek
Delta Connection CRJ200

The scope clause language in the tentative settlement reached between the Air Line Pilots Association and Delta Air Lines in May at first looked like a positive development for all involved.

June 6, 2012 - 12:13am
Bill Carey
Rockwell Collins chairman, president and CEO Clayton M. Jones

Rockwell Collins CEO Clay Jones may not be a pessimist when it comes to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). But the leader of one of the world’s major avionics manufacturers is not brimming with optimism either.

June 1, 2012 - 3:22pm
Paul Lowe
Security lines at Orlando

Florida congressman John Mica is still tilting at the Transportation Security Administration’s windmills, but time may be fleeting.

May 31, 2012 - 10:39pm
John Goglia

Stress is all around us these days. Probably nowhere more so than in the pack ’em in, move ’em out world that travel by air has become–at least for those unfortunate enough not to have access to their own aircraft or private charter.

 
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