AIN Blogs

November 14, 2012 - 5:09pm
Gregory Polek

Few would argue with the characterization by a senior Western airframe manufacturer of the Comac C919 as “a serious project by a serious company.” But the clumsy effort by the Chinese conglomerate to certify the ARJ21 regional jet begs the question: Do serious intentions necessarily equate to a serious product?

November 1, 2012 - 1:05am
John Goglia

Washington, D.C., has a reputation for doing nothing, and inaction is often the best-case scenario. But let’s take the time to really consider what you get–and what you don’t get–from a spineless bureaucracy and a feckless Congress. First, what you do get is ill thought-out legislation. What you don’t get is legislation that is desperately needed to protect the safety of the traveling public.

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?

 
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