AIN Blogs

August 27, 2012 - 2:52pm
Bill Carey
Washington Reagan National Airport

Outsiders may think that the U.S. Congress is the least-loved political body in Washington, D.C. But the overseeing board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) doesn’t inspire great affection either.

August 24, 2012 - 11:52am
Paul Lowe

For those of us who have long dreamed of retiring to an airport home, there is finally some definitive action in the pipeline. Alas, for most of us, that airport residence will likely remain just a dream. But for others, thanks to Rep.

August 13, 2012 - 8:30am
Curt Epstein
Photo of Mars landscape

In this year of the summer Olympics, it is only fitting that NASA scored a gold medal when it “stuck the landing” on its Curiosity rover, the most ambitious lander ever sent to another planet.

August 10, 2012 - 7:10am
Gregory Polek
Comair tail

Cincinnati-based Comair will close its doors at the end September, and nearly 2,000 people will lose their jobs as a result. Granted, the reasons for the airline’s demise might not matter much to them, but perhaps an examination of the forces that led to Delta’s decision to shutter its subsidiary will prepare others for a similar fate.

August 7, 2012 - 2:17pm
Jennifer Leach English
BJT cover subject Novak Djokovic

I recently interviewed Kenn Ricci, the principal of Directional Aviation Capital, which owns Flight Options, Nextant Aerospace and Constant Aviation. When I asked him about his state of mind, he immediately replied that he’d “made a pact with myself in 2007 to never complain about anything ever again.”

August 1, 2012 - 1:40am
John Goglia

Most companies looking to improve the speed and efficiency of their operations look to buy off-the-shelf products, whether software or hardware. The cost and time of customization and the upkeep of custom-made products is usually just not worth the money and effort, and usually the products are just not as good. Producers of the off-the-shelf products are the experts, whose business it is to make and regularly update their products.

July 31, 2012 - 10:17am
Jeff Burger
A Wells Fargo stagecoach

These days, everybody complains about the airlines: rotten food, TSA hassles, cramped seating, long delays, lost luggage. And while private jet travelers are a decidedly happier lot, they’ve been known to offer the occasional gripe as well: the charter flight lacked sufficient baggage space, the catering service overcharged, the FBO disappointed.

July 30, 2012 - 9:00am
Bill Carey
BAE Systems flying testbed for unmanned aircraft systems

The UAV community that will meet soon in Las Vegas for Unmanned Systems North America might draw some wisdom from the effort to introduce unmanned aircraft in UK civil airspace.

July 27, 2012 - 11:08am
Paul Lowe
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill got a response from acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta after she questioned cost overruns on a contract to train air traffic controllers, but it wasn’t the one she wanted.

July 25, 2012 - 3:06pm
Kirby J. Harrison
Aerion SSBJ

Here we are in 2012, nearly 110 years since the Wright Brothers made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air flight, and with some notable exceptions aircraft design over the years has become about as conservative and uninspired as a bowl of Jello.

 
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