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Top Five Interesting Stories Of The Week

30 Jan

It was another busy week in the aviation business, with airlines now required to show air fares that include all taxes and fees, US Airways confirming it is looking at a merger with American Airlines while Delta Air Lines is allegedly mulling a merger with US Airways.  But there were other things going on, so let’s get on with the news.

  1. I began covering the business aviation beat for Aviation Week in December 2008, a mere three weeks after the Big Three auto makers flew their private jets to Washington to beg Congress for bail-out funds.  I had a front-row seat to the collapse, which included almost 30,000 workers laid off, several aircraft programs shuttered, aircraft manufacturers sold, order books and backlogs vaporized and a president that bashed the industry at every turn.  So I read this AvWeek story by my former boss, William Garvey, entitled “Faint Signs Of Recovery In Biz Av, with great interest.  We now see a tiny light at the end of the tunnel.
  2. On the other end of the spectrum, we saw the demise of Spain’s Spanair after the carrier was unable to get the financing it needed to continue operating, reports BusinessWeek.  The immediate shut-down of the airline was not good news for the 23,000 passenger stranded because of it.  Spanish flag carrier Iberia, along with Spain’s Vueling Airlines and Air Europa, will offer special fares for those affected by Spanair’s shut-down.
  3. Being in the aviation business for almost 20 years, you get to meet some really great people.  One of my many favorites is George Hamlin.  Hamlin has been in the business for more than 40 years, working for two airlines and two aircraft manufacturers. He’s also a world-class aviation photographer.   He’s currently a consultant, and writes a column for Air Transport World magazine.  This month, Hamlin has a great article on the naming of aircraft fleets.  I’m partial to Pan Am’s former Clipper Queen of the Sky, for obvious reasons!
  4. I have to give a shout out to consumer travel columnist Christopher Elliott for using his blog to write the Transportation Security Administration a tongue-in-cheek memo on how to differentiate between medical devices and weapons of mass destruction.
  5. Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld co-opted a private jet theme for his Chanel Haute Couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris, reports MSN Her.  The “runway” featured numbered seats, floor lighting, emergency exits and a bar.

We’ll end this with a great infographic passed along by one of my readers.  The Frugal Dad blog gives us the visuals on why the airlines are bankrupt.  Enjoy!

Random Aviation Photo – The EBACE 2011 Edition

16 May

For the uninitiated, this week is the annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.  The show is a who’s who in business/private aviation, and it includes a 60+ aircraft static display at Geneva International Airport.

The cool thing about this is that there’s a great mix of business and commercial aircraft that really taps the inner plane spotting geek.  Below is a great shot I got at last year’s EBACE.  For the hard-core aviation geeks, you can follow Aviation Week’s coverage here.  Enjoy!

Random Aviation Photo

4 Apr

First, I offer my heartfelt condolences to Gulfstream Aerospace and the families of the employees who died in the tragic crash of a test G650 jet in New Mexico on Saturday.

I began covering business aviation in December 2008, right after the Big 3 automakers flew their personal jets to Washington to ask Congress for loan guarantees.  Now things were already bad, but they got a whole lot worse in 2009.

My first real glimmer of hope on what had become a depressing beat was the rollout of Gulfstream’s G650 high-speed, long-haul business jet on Sept. 29.  The excitement about this jet was in the air at Gulfstream’s Savannah, Ga., headquarters that day.  Below is my shot of the G650 rolling under its own power toward the hangar, filled with thousands of employees and guests.

The Gulfstream G650 Photo by Benet J. Wilson

My Blog Roll – Continued

10 Feb
  • Boeing Co. – Not only do they make my favorite plane, the 747, but I really like the way they use their employees to tell the company’s story.  You can see my Aviation Week profile on Boeing’s efforts at the Things With Wings blog.  You MUST check out this great story and video on three generations of the Danitschek family who have worked on the Boeing 767.
  • Business Aviation Now – Of course I have to include the official blog for Aviation Week’s business aviation team, because it feeds my baby.  But we also cover all the latest bizav news and trends every day.
  • Cranky Flier – Full disclosure: I’ve been friends with this blog’s founder, Brett Snyder, since 2001.  He’s like the little brother I never wanted, but I still think his blog is one of the best aviation-related ones around.  He brings an insider’s view (one gained by working for airlines including America West and United) that offers a thorough — and humorous — explanation of this crazy business.
  • Flight Wisdom – I like this quirky little blog that covers air travel and the experience of said travelers. Anyone who can offer an explanation on the difference between an airplane geek and airline dork is good in my book.  Wisdom and I share a love of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and had the chance to see “The Pirates of Penzance” last December. My only complaint is that he doesn’t blog enough for my taste!
  • Flightblogger – What can I say about Jon Ostrower? This guy has forgotten more about the Boeing 787 program than many people will ever remember.  He is living the same dream as me — actually getting paid for our hobby.  I’m also a BIG fan of his Movie Monday posts.

Friday Link Love

4 Feb

What a week this has been.  I’ve been battling this winter crud that’s going around, but the show must go on!

We had a bumper crop in this week’s Strange But True Aviation News, with Regis Philbin getting an enhanced pat-down, a Virgin Atlantic passenger who took a BIG exception with his food and entertainment on a recent flight and a major league baseball star who takes a second job with an airline.

I did a post over at the Business Aviation Now blog on how private jet operators are stepping in to help travelers stranded in Egypt after the recent uprisings against the government.  And I offer advice over at the NABJDigital blog for those looking to find their digital gurus.

And we’ll end the week with a photo that shows my pick for Super Bowl XLV.  Enjoy!


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