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
On Monday Boeing requested permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct tests on the Boeing 787, using a series of test flights. The next generation aircraft has been grounded for weeks as engineers try to isolate the problem which is causing the lithium batteries to overheat.
Boeing needs to solve this problem quickly, because European competitor Airbus is raking in the orders while Boeing’s $200 million aircraft remains parked around the world. Just this week, Airbus inked a $9 billion order for 39 planes, most of which are for the Airbus 350. This is the airplane which was designed to compete with Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is due out sometime in 2014, but an item worth noting is the new Airbus aircraft is also designed to use lithium batteries as well.
Engineers at Airbus are closely monitoring the situation to see if their aircraft design needs to be altered. If a problem with the lithium batteries is discovered they may need to delay the A350 aircraft to make the necessary modifications.
Another reality that Airbus is facing is increased scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration when the A350 rolls out. Normally new aircraft are approved for service in a quick fashion, but with the bad public image the FAA now has for approving Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner by using Boeing’s own engineers to conduct the required certification tests, it’s a forgone conclusion the next round of certification for any new design will be extensive.
For now, the $200 million Boeing 787 remains grounded. What once was touted as the aircraft of the future now serves as the most expensive billboard in history. The airlines who rushed to get in early on the Dreamliner craze by submitting their orders early are now losing millions of dollars in revenue as the planes remain parked.
Here is a list of airlines which have Boeing 787 Dreamliners:
Air India (6)
All Nippon Airways/Japan (17)
Ethiopian Airlines (4)
Japan Airlines (7)
LAN Airlines/Chile (3)
Lot Polish Airlines (2)
Qatar Airways (5)
United Airlines (6)
Total in Service (50)