AIN Blogs

AIN’s editors offer their opinions, observations and thoughts on everything aviation.

September 30, 2011 - 12:39pm
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has been keeping the pressure on Congress to

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has been in the hustings recently pumping NextGen and long-term FAA reauthorization. In several instances, he has broached the two topics in the same speeches.

September 29, 2011 - 9:58am
The director of Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority pledges to listen

Although I get the impression that air safety in Australia is micromanaged, I admire John McCormick, director of aviation safety for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Maybe’s it’s because McCormick bluntly addresses CASA’s role and that he makes an effort to communicate regularly with CASA’s constituents. But it is also his willingness to confront change and consider new options.

September 28, 2011 - 5:23am

Providing you with the best information available on business jet travel is by far our most important goal here at Business Jet Traveler magazine. As we work our way through meeting after meeting, draft after draft and plan after plan, what motivates us is helping you get the most out of private air transport.

September 27, 2011 - 8:43am

With a narrower pipe but greater reach for voice and data than its rival Inmarsat, the Iridium satellite network is becoming increasingly relevant for aircraft cockpits.

September 23, 2011 - 10:32am
FAA investigators determined that seven feet of wing skin on a Cessna Corvali

The publicly known facts are scarce at this stage, but the in-flight structural failure of a Cessna Corvalis composite high-performance piston single in the Kansas sky last December has disturbing ramifications for the whole general aviation industry.

September 21, 2011 - 10:29am
During a recent trip to Brazil I had the chance to enjoy the comfortable cabi

As someone who writes about private aviation, I find it instructive (not to mention downright pleasant) every chance I get to fly on a business jet.

September 21, 2011 - 6:15am
“I have run my hand over the names of friends who died so far away.” Vietnam

Lately, I find myself growing tired of memorials, most recently the one that fills the empty hole in the ground where the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers once stood, which its creators hope will, in some way, fill the empty holes in the hearts of so many.

September 19, 2011 - 12:19pm
A Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145 skidded off Ottawa’s 10,000-foot Runw

When a Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145 skidded off the runway in Ottawa on September 4 in wet weather, resulting in no injuries, the relatively minor accident at first generated the modest press coverage it deserved. But something seemed familiar about this runway excursion.

September 8, 2011 - 7:59am

As editor of AINalerts, I recently asked readers to share their accounts of 9/11, so I thought it only fair to share my own story from that tragic day. At that time, I was living in Northern New Jersey and working out of AIN’s editorial offices in Midland Park, N.J.

September 8, 2011 - 6:56am
Charter operators are doing their best to stay cheerful in the face of myriad

I thought that working in the media was a precarious career path until I started to learn more about the executive charter business. In the media these days we struggle to understand how our hard work will be paid for, with readers less and less willing to pay for our words and pictures and advertising budgets shrinking. Evidently, too many people out there think that a credible free press comes for free.

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