Happy Birthday Jetwhine

By Robert Mark on September 26th, 2013

7th birthdayGetting old isn’t really so bad, is it?

Sure a few more lines and sags stare back at you every morning in the mirror, but the upside to aging is wisdom.

Jetwhine’s 7th birthday is just around the corner and I like to think Scott Spangler and I are a lot wiser than in 2006 when Jetwhine’s first story ran. Heck, in dog years we’re almost 50.

I figure we must be smarter to have survived an onslaught of social media competitors that surfaced and also died over the past seven years. Of course a few of those forums really are, in Bill and Ted’s own words, “Most excellent,” and opened our eyes to viewpoints we’ve come to respect.

We bloggers till around can’t help but notice that time marching on can sometimes make us a bit too cozy with the way we’ve always conducted business, perhaps no longer stretching that envelope like in 2006 when we published a piece about the value of a blog for the aviation industry, or the piece on the value of a union for air traffic controllers. Of course there was that fun piece on the Top 10 reasons the Northwest Airlines pilots flew past MSP on arrival. Bet they never lived that one down. How could I forget Scott’s story about our industry getting the flight instructors it deserves. That one grabbed over a hundred comments.

While we have no intention of changing the kind of content we deliver, we will be sprucing the place up a bit in the coming months … fresh coat of WordPress paint and perhaps a few new tools to deliver the great content you’ve come to expect. Of course we’re always open to your suggestions, except we’re not painting the place red and green or anything silly like that. No new curtains either.

Seriously though, the goals Scott and I have always kept in the back of our heads as we write is to capture your attention with stories and perspectives you’ll find no where else. That of course will never change.

So thanks to the thousands of you across the globe who have become and remain loyal Jetwhine readers. And now the pitch … if you have friends who’d enjoy Jetwhine, we’d be most grateful if you’d pass along our URL where they can subscribe via e-mail or our RSS feed.

Rob Mark, publisher

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4 Responses to “Happy Birthday Jetwhine”

  1. Dr. Dave Says:

    Happy B-day guys…I’m expecting many more to come.

  2. Capt. Gary L. Pylant Says:

    Hey Gang,

    Love your stories about what’s going on in the sky…

    Happy Birthday… and many more…

    Gary Pylant

  3. Greg at CharterNation Says:


    You really like birthdays don’t you… between your actual birthday, Airplane Geeks, CommAvia, this blog, and probably a few other things, you have the deck stacked :)… is your goal to get up to one per month?

    Seriously though – love the content that you and Scott create, the perspectives that you share on topics that matter, and the sense of humor you bring to it all.

    Have a great day!

    – Greg

  4. Robert Mark Says:

    Accolades are great of course and much appreciated.

    But what should we do with all of those autographed 8 x 10s of Scott and me that we figured our lady readers would be asking for …?

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