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Aviation User Fees

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 04:42:47 +0000

The US Government is proposing to introduce user fees for General Aviation turbine aircraft operations, being a $100 per flight fee.  Despite the Government’s assertion that such a tax is a good thing, it should come as no surprise that others disagree.  Ask anyone in countries whose aviation industries have been decimated by such taxes […]

Aviation: Physics Not Required!

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 07:57:18 +0000

Historically a pass in high school Maths, Physics and English were prerequisites for a career as a professional pilot.  Not any more!  These days some airlines and military institutions have removed any requirement for the study of Physics, thereby making it easier for applicants to achieve the required educational standard. Good news?  That depends on […]

Carbon Tax: The Big Con

Tue, 31 May 2011 04:46:38 +0000

The Australian Government is pushing forward with a carbon pricing scheme, initially to be a “carbon tax,” eventually to become a “cap-and-trade” emissions trading scheme (ETS).  But what does it mean and, more importantly, will it actually reduce carbon emissions? Or, instead, will it simply serve to fill Government coffers with a never ending supply […]

NASA’s Manned [Watch-This-Space] Program

Sun, 08 May 2011 10:51:26 +0000

At the time of writing we are awaiting the last flight of  Space Shuttle Endeavour, delayed from its initial launch attempt by a technical issue with one of it’s auxiliary power units. While this will be the last flight of that particular orbiter, it is the second last launch for the Space Shuttle program as […]

Inflight Relief: Aviation Toilets

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:26:53 +0000

In the airline world we take certain luxuries for granted. These luxuries include many safety devices: autopilots, EGPWS and TCAS to name a few.  As good as these things are, they are nothing compared to the safety benefits of a good toilet. Distraction, for a pilot, can be deadly.  Some distractions can be tamed by […]

Ladies, Improve Your Aviation Manipulation Skills

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 12:31:25 +0000

I don’t need to tell you that men are strange creatures —  strange but simple.  This is doubly so for pilot-men. Apparently aviators have a higher IQ than ordinary mortals.  This is not based on rigorous scientific research, but on a straw poll of pilots opinions of themselves.  We are well endowed with passion and […]

Fine Print Gets Finer

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:59:52 +0000

When an airline pays taxes based only on the “raw” ticket price that they charge, those airlines have great incentive to “unbundle.” By separating their basic ticket price from all of the fancy “added extras” that were previously included those airlines can avoid much of this tax and pass on the savings to their customers, […]

Bitching Betty

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 06:16:47 +0000

There are some fabulous safety devices in a modern airliner cockpit. Wonderful gizmos such as TCAS (which warns about potential collisions with other aircraft) and GPWS (which warns about crashing into the earth) have saved countless lives and contributed to the amazing safety record of airline aviation.  I won’t bore you with how these systems […]

Airline Monkeynomics

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 09:46:01 +0000

It should come as no surprise that airlines view us as animals. We are herded onto the plane like cattle;  on board we are jammed into minuscule seats where we sit like battery hens. Then we are required to tirelessly produce the Golden Egg (our money, for this, that and the other). Like the battery […]


Wed, 09 Feb 2011 03:21:53 +0000

In the modern world the evolutionary processes that cull weaker animals thereby ensuring the survival of the fittest do not seem to apply to humans. From advanced medical techniques through to the molly-coddling practices of OH&S, opportunities for people to die by being stupid have been greatly reduced. Sure, there are superstar exceptions, as evidenced […]