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

February 20, 2012 - 7:53pm

In an informal reader poll conducted on AINonline, readers chose Jack Pelton, the former CEO of Cessna Aircraft, by a margin of 46 percent (89 votes) to be the next FAA Administrator.

February 11, 2012 - 1:30am
Sikorsky S-92 Legacy of Heroes tour

A crew of talented pilots and maintenance technicians is having an amazing adventure, flying a new Sikorsky S-92 all over the world to showcase the helicopter’s search-and-rescue capabilities.

February 6, 2012 - 12:15pm
Myriam Burger in 2004

Every now and then, I go through the voicemails on my office phone and delete the ones I no longer need. I usually end up trashing all of them–with the exception of two that I’ve held onto for years.

January 25, 2012 - 4:06pm
Air Tran Boeing 717

One of the pillars of modern aviation safety, cockpit resource management was introduced to commercial aviation more than two decades ago. Among other things, CRM was meant to draw the curtain on the era of the submissive copilot and flight engineer cowed by an overbearing “gear up, shut up” captain.

January 24, 2012 - 3:54pm
Wilson S. Leach

Orville and Wilbur got things airborne just over one hundred years ago, and for the most part it has been a reasonably steady climb-out. But don’t try to sell that to today’s aviation executives. More than three years have passed since the Great Recession began, and an increasing number of my business colleagues are telling me they are tired of hunkering down. So am I.

January 24, 2012 - 1:41pm
Garriott (l.) made it into space but not by the way he originally planned.

For fans of the U.S. space program, the next few years will be as much about looking at the past as gazing ahead to the future.

January 19, 2012 - 11:01pm
Electronic Arts depiction of a Bell AH-1Z

Aw, c’mon, Textron. Seriously?

You don’t want Electronic Arts (EA) to use depictions of some of your rotorcraft in the video game Battlefield 3? You’re claiming that EA’s use of images of the AH-1Z, UH-1Y and V-22 infringe on your trademark and dress right?

January 9, 2012 - 11:45am
Suze Orman

In my last blog post, I covered five of the most memorable moments from interviews I’ve conducted over the years for Business Jet Traveler. Here are another five. Just click on the names to read the full articles on Pascucci, Trump and Orman.

January 3, 2012 - 7:59pm

Aviation novels and novelists are rare.  Even more rare are aviation novelists who are also corporate pilots and fighter pilots.

December 20, 2011 - 12:59pm
Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta

Bedeviled by political gamesmanship and misfortune, it’s a wonder the FAA gets anything done—never mind accomplishing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). With the latest transition in FAA leadership, we’ve come full circle to the situation that prevailed when President George W. Bush left office three years ago, with an interim administrator and no reauthorization.

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