After being born in Frankfurt (that would be Germany, not Kentucky), Jay's family moved to Vandalia, Ohio where Jay spent his time learning to play the greatest game ever (baseball), by smacking the daylights out of fastballs from his next door neighbor Roger Clemens. (Disclaimer: At 9 years of age, this would have been a pre-steroid era.)
During his high school years at Carlisle High School, Jay spent most of his free time at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center helping his Dad to build the condominiums at the course for a variety of Cincinnati sport's legends like Nancy Lopez, Ross Browner, Tom Seaver and others. In 1981 he watched his father build the ATP Tennis Stadium for the likes of Connors, McEnroe, Lendl and Borg.
Jay's passion for baseball continued thru 1983 when he was invited to tryout for the 1984 US Olympic Baseball Team. A torn hamstring six weeks before the tryouts ended his baseball dream. (He was able to write about the greatest game ever played for Reader's Digest, winning their Editor's Choice award and having it read by more than 88 million people worldwide.)
It was then Jay's attention turned towards the airline industry, where he loved the daily challenges of cancelled flights, delayed luggage (they weren't referred to as 'lost' until they were MIA for 90 days), weather problems and the always-wonderful Sunday after Thanksgiving! Cities Jay worked at included Monroe (LA), Florence (AL), Cincinnati, and Dayton. It was also during these years Jay was able to serve as the Travel Coordinator for the Detroit Lions - spending his Sunday afternoons on the NFL sidelines!
Jay continues that adrenaline rush by educating travelers with information specifically designed to help them find the cheapest of fares, resolve complaints, and having multiple options when flights are cancelled.
Jay lives in the Dayton area with his wife, Sherry and their two boys, and his older daughters serve as nurses to Dayton area hospitals.
If you have any questions, you can contact Jay through his Day Trading website - he is an avid Day Trader and teaches others on his system. (www.daytradefun.com)
Mornings on Jim Scott's show
Not exactly the week Boeing had hoped for.
Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner was finally rolled out last October as a new and improved, long-range, mid-sized, wide-bodied (two aisles) most fuel efficient aircraft. The hype was considerable, which is why when production problems delayed the release of the new and improved jetliner for more than two years, many wondered if the plane could live up to the promises made by Boeing.
United Airlines recently took delivery on their first 787 aircraft and this week had to make an emergency landing in New Orleans when the pilots were alerted to “multiple mechanical issues” which caused the plane to slow from 600 mph to 400 mph before the crew was able to restore full power. There were no injuries, but many frayed nerves as the crew successfully responded to the situation.
No more than 24 hours later, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a safety directive over fuel leaks which were reportedly traced back to a manufacturing flaw at Boeing plants for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft. These fuel leaks could cause an aircraft to run out of fuel or could result in an engine losing power or even catching on fire.
It is important to keep in mind that safety directives like these are not uncommon for newly released aircraft, however most are minor in comparison to the one issued this week by the FAA.
Boeing is competing admirably against their European counterpart Airbus, but in order to continue that trend they will need to have better weeks than this one. There’s just something about word like “fire” which tend to unnerve even the most experienced of travelers, meaning this type of problem needs to be fixed and fixed soon.