Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Well that Stinks!

My group turned in the first draft of our website redesign project and it was totally ripped up by our Proff. He did not like the blog idea, which stinks! We are going to have to rewrite the proposal without the blog portion. I'm frustrated because the blog idea was kind of my pet, but the good news is, I can do what I want with this thing since it won't be needed for the class anymore. However, you cannot deny the basic premise of the project which was, the department website is bad.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Congratulations Steve Fosset

Steve Fosset is the first person to fly solo around the world. Congratulations.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

A Paycut in the Regionals?

Look at this story! The regionals were supposed to be the stable end of commercial service. Comair has struggled recently, in particular with the Christmas fiasco. Anytime a company issues a press release stating that they are operating a regular schedule, that is not a good sign. As a DL subsidiary, Comair is more vulnerable to the misfortunes of their mainline partner as well. With DL flirting with chapter 11, it stands to reason that the regionals it owns will also have to "tighten the belt." Really this is just further development of the new business model for legacy carriers. More regional service on domestic routes, and heavy focus on long-haul and international flying. As contract flying becomes more lucrative, regional providers will become more competitive for contracts, and once again it comes back to cost structure. In the Marine Corps we were reminded that our rifles were produced by the lowest bidder, and so it goes with regional service.

Go Fosset, Go

It is very rare in aviation that some one gets away with a "Safety be Damned" attitude. However most of is in the industry have never circled the globe in a balloon. Steve Fosset is almost home and I hope Steve Fosset pulls it off. It's a great aviation story and it exemplifies the spirit of adventure present in early aviators. I just wish Richard Branson wasn't involved. He seems kind of creepy to me.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

I love this picture

VMFA(AW)-225 Over the Pacific. Summer of 2000. Posted by Hello
I've been playing with the blog a little more to learn how to post pictures and the like. I took this picture from the back of a KC-10 while flying from Guam to RAAF Tindal.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

On with it

I haven't had a chance to write for a couple of days because of work and school, so I'm a little behind. My group in class has been assigned the Colorado Springs Airport (COS). We are supposed to know everything we can about the airport and then be prepared to speak to the class about it for 5 minutes. So how do you learn everything you can about an airport? Step one is to call and ask and step two is the web. Now our group simply has to memorize all of that data, recite the most relevant in class, and be prepared to answer any obscure question that might come our way.