AIN Blogs

December 10, 2012 - 9:58am
Jennifer Leach English

I am so relieved that the U.S. presidential election is finally over. The past year—and especially recent months—have been marked by an undercurrent of anxiety, with otherwise-loving families having cocktail-soaked dinner wars and old friends severing Facebook ties over national policy issues. Perhaps now we can all stop bickering and get down to business. 

December 9, 2012 - 7:41pm
Bill Carey
One of the gargoyles on the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., seems to be a city that is in perpetual crisis. Now the U.S. government is in conniptions over the “fiscal cliff.” Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke coined that metaphor to describe the tax increases and automatic spending cuts that kick in on January 2 unless Democrats and Republicans somehow tame the $16 trillion national debt.

December 7, 2012 - 5:46pm
Paul Lowe

When it comes to decriminalization of aviation accidents, the world seems to take one step forward and two back.

December 4, 2012 - 10:25am
Jeff Burger
S. Claus, a Business Jet Traveler reader, wants the magazine's help to purchase a bizliner.

This month, I’m turning my blog space over to the reader who submitted the following letter to our magazine.—Jeff Burger, editor of AIN sister publication Business Jet Traveler

An Open Letter to the Editors of Business Jet Traveler:

December 3, 2012 - 7:34pm
Matt Thurber
Citation X

A reader recently took me to task for writing that the FAA is reinterpreting Part 135 regulations, in a story about the FAA’s belief that contract charter instructors and check airmen apparently are not complying with the rules.

December 1, 2012 - 2:05am
John Goglia

All these nightly news reports of the oversight failures in the pharmaceutical industry that allowed a so-called compounding pharmacy located just 20 miles down the road from where I live in Massachusetts to wreak havoc with tens of thousands of lives (including those who developed fungal meningitis from contaminated injections and those who are just frantically worrying about getting it) got me thinking about government oversight of the aviat

November 21, 2012 - 4:46pm
Curt Epstein
Using the system's headset takes one into an virtual aircraft cabin.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the value of being able to walk through a finished aircraft long before the first seat is installed or the first carpet?

November 19, 2012 - 6:00am
Kirby J. Harrison
Lumin cabin management system

At this year’s NBAA convention in Orlando, new cabin technology was holding court, eliciting a chuckle from a day-one visitor who remarked, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, “This stuff will probably be outdated by the time the show ends.”

November 18, 2012 - 10:00am
Matt Thurber
Matt Thurber

Recently I was fortunate to experience something that is probably fairly ordinary for most corporate pilots, initial type rating training at a simulator training center. I had the opportunity to complete a Citation V type rating initial course at FlightSafety International’s Long Beach, Calif., learning center. And for a pilot who hasn’t spend much time in a two-pilot cockpit environment nor flying a jet, the experience was tremendously beneficial, illuminating and hugely enjoyable.

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?

 
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