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
This week a list was produced by the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre showing the 10 most dangerous airlines in the world.
The data encompassed the last 30 years of commercial get service and the list below reflects the airlines with the most fatalities and “hull losses,” where the fuselage of the aircraft broke apart.
1) China Airlines: 755 people killed, 8 hull losses
2) TAM Airlines: 336 people killed, 6 hull losses
3) Air India: 329 people killed, 3 hull losses
4) GOL Transportes: 154 people killed, 1 hull loss
5) Korean Air: 687 people killed, 9 hull losses
6) Saudia: 310 people killed, 4 hull losses
7) Turkish Airlines: 188 people killed, 6 hull losses
8) Thai Airways: 309 people killed, 5 hull losses
9) South African Airways: 159 people killed, 3 hull losses
What is striking about the list compiled is the absence of any Russian-based airlines. Given the number of recent incidents, one would think a Russian carrier would make the list - but not so. Furthermore, having just one African airline making the list also flies in the face of what we consider one of the more dangerous areas to fly; Africa. The safety oversight of many African airlines is suspect, leading to many in-flight emergencies, yet only one African airline made the list.