This is my first attempt at posting using our new Movable Type blogging platform. Hope you agree it looks a whole lot better than what we had before.
I thought I’d start off by linking to the best of the aviation sites that I personally follow. I’m pretty discerning and frankly there are only a few that I’ve found to be really useful. I’d be delighted to hear about any others though.
First, the two heavyweight US air transport sites: Addison Schonland at IAG, and Scott Hamilton at Leeham. Addison posts more frequently – one of the rare guys who more or less always posts daily, and Scott is a long-time AT observer who posts less frequently, but trades quantity for quality.
There’s Boeing marketing chief Randy Baseler of course, who I think has been easing up on posts too (might be wrong, but feels that way), but is obviously important to pay attention to. Still nothing from Airbus sadly.
The Aviatrix Logbook is one of the more readable pilot blogs but, even though my work only touches on the fringe of business aviation just now, I’m a big fan of Sulako’s Blog. Unlocking writing talent like that is one of the blogosphere’s great achievements.
Blogging at FL250 is great stuff for wanabee pilots, although I could do without the travelogue stuff.
There are a couple of areas that I like to keep in touch with, but don’t need to examine in detail for my job – so for defence I dip into the intriguing Naval Open Source Intelligence, which is mostly second-hand news and no views, but that’s fine for me. And for India – where it’s damn hard to keep up with events these days – I always check Touch Base with Indian A&D Industry.
And finally, finally – if you are interested in what other media think about what we’re doing here in our company then today we got some heavyweight coverage from The Guardian. Tomorrow our parent company Reed Elsevier releases its 2006 financials – so we’ll get a little indication as to whether we’re doing the right sort of thing. I suppose blogs contribute about one-zillionth of our revenues but, hey, we’ve got to start somewhere.