When it comes to love/hate relationships, Congressman John Mica seems to have a hate/hate relationship with the Transportation Security Administration. The Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee makes no secret of his desire to rid TSA of its nearly 50,000 transportation security officers (aka screeners).
I never wanted to be an aircraft mechanic. That’s probably a good thing, because I would never fly in anything I worked on.
Luminary cover subjects are a signature feature of Business Jet Traveler, a bimonthly publication that focuses on the users of business aviation, as opposed to the pilots, maintenance technicians, FBO personnel and others in the industry who are the focus of its sister publication, the monthly Aviation International News. Of course, a lot people read both magazines, which is fine with us.
Last week marked the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. In her day, she was the biggest and best of her kind, incorporating the latest technology of the period.
I’ve been covering the Aircraft Interiors Expo for AIN since the first show opened in Cannes, France, a decade ago, and earlier this month, I covered the latest show at its Hamburg, Germany venue, where it has been held since 2002.
Early last month, the FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to dramatically curtail the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. In short, BARR allows general aviation aircraft owners to opt out of having their flight information publicly available at flight tracking providers such as FlightAware.
The Japanese trifecta of tragedy has some people rethinking risk-assessment models and catastrophic risk in general. And maybe those of us in aviation should as well. After all, these models are only as good as the assumptions that are made about the likelihood of an event–or a series of events–occurring.
Certainly the news that there were no U.S. airline passenger fatalities in 2010 is cause for reflection and, yes, some self-congratulation by all those who made it possible. From airline and manufacturers' boardrooms to the 10th floor of 800 Independence Avenue, congratulations are in order.
As you've probably read, NetJets chairman and CEO David Sokol resigned abruptly from that company and parent firm Berkshire Hathaway on March 28, after questions arose about his purchase of stock in a firm that Berkshire subsequently offered to buy.
Britain’s coalition government–composed of an exotic combination of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats–is at war with itself in more ways than one. But its recent proposals for a new tax on private aviation are a prime example of this conflict.