AIN Blogs

May 18, 2012 - 4:25pm
Kirby J. Harrison
The airship Pasadena

The first scheduled commercial airline service was operated on Jan. 1, 1914, with a flight between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla., in a Benoist biplane flying boat.

That’s what Wikipedia would have us believe. And the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum agrees. There’s even a plaque marking the event in St. Petersburg.

May 16, 2012 - 9:09am
Gregory Polek
Sukhoi Superjet 100 MSN 95004

The latest contender for the sector of the market dominated by Embraer’s E-Jet line and Bombardier’s CRJs suffered perhaps the worst kind of public-relations damage one could imagine this month, when a Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 crashed into a sheer mountain face in Indonesia, killing all 45 people on board.

May 7, 2012 - 10:00am
Bill Carey
General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper

We’ve been hearing about unmanned aircraft strikes on suspected terrorists in the tribal regions of Pakistan, in Afghanistan and lately in Somalia and Yemen, for years now. So it’s surprising that the U.S. government’s first official acknowledgement that it uses remotely piloted aircraft—drones, if you must—to take down terrorists came just one week ago.

May 4, 2012 - 1:28pm
Paul Lowe
RAA's Scott Foose

Both of the FAA signature initiatives that arose out of the crash of a regional turboprop in Buffalo, N.Y., more than three years ago are still receiving some pushback from various quarters.  On the subject of fatigue, almost everyone favors more rest for flight crews, and who can argue

May 3, 2012 - 12:15pm
Matt Thurber
Bristol Freighter

It seems as though every big city has an aviation museum, and I have visited many of them during my travels. As wonderful as these museums are, seeing perfectly restored aircraft in far better condition than anything that ever rolled off an assembly line makes me long for something unique.

May 3, 2012 - 7:28am
Jeff Burger
BJT has more than 35,000 readers, and they're all different.

Naturally, the editors of Business Jet Traveler hope that you’ll find every article we publish to be tailor-made for your needs. But of course that’s impossible: last time I checked, we had 35,633 subscribers and—beyond the fact that they presumably share an interest in business aviation—they’re all different. Some of them love golf; others have never set foot on a golf course.

May 2, 2012 - 4:47pm
Nigel Moll
Debris from the missing Air France A330-200 recovered from the Atlantic Ocean arrives at the port of Recife, Brazil on June 14, 2009.

Like many pilots, Bill Voss is concerned about the extent to which automation has changed the role of the professional pilot today. But as president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, Voss is also better placed than most to do something about the problems he perceives.

May 1, 2012 - 12:15am
John Goglia

Just a few years ago, no one in the aviation safety business anywhere on earth would have seriously asked if the FAA is losing its safety edge. For more than half a century, the FAA was the unquestioned leader in airline safety around the globe, the one all other nations looked to for leadership in setting the safety bar. 

April 27, 2012 - 11:10am
Gregory Polek
American Airlines workers rally in New York City on April 23.

While far from inevitable, the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines seems to have garnered support from virtually everyone who matters but the management of bankrupt AA

April 24, 2012 - 7:17am
David A. Lombardo
John Allen, FAA Flight Standards Service Director

The New York City Department of Education has sent a list of words to companies bidding to revamp the city’s standardized tests. The words are considered to be inappropriate and make some people uncomfortable. Among them: dinosaur, pepperoni and dancing. Seriously.

 
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