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
Like we couldn’t see this one coming.
We’ve seen unmanned aircraft on display in military missions for years and as the years pass, drones are becoming more affordable. So much so, that the FAA has placed a ban on commercial drones over U.S. air space…at least for now.
Everyone from movie directors to law enforcement agencies are seeing the benefit of having highly maneuverable, unmanned, and low cost drones at their disposal. It opens up a wide array of nearly limitless possibilities.
It also opens up some huge issues for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Last fall the FAA placed the ban on drones flying over U.S. soil and now the agency struggles with how to best regulate this latest technology. Commercial airline pilots are less than enthused about the latest target in the skies, especially at a time when most commercial aircraft are dispatched (by the FAA control towers) using the WWII technology of ground-based radar. Commercial planes have highly advanced collision-avoidance systems, which obviously most of these drones will not.
It’s a shame the FAA didn’t predict this issues before it became one. Now, they scramble under the pressure of time to research, develop and then implement new policies to counter this latest boom in aviation. Like we didn’t already have enough challenges to face!
In the end, look for the FAA to roll out drone rules which require the aircraft to fly at lower altitudes, always within visual range of the operator and weigh no more than 30 or 40 pounds. These rules will be tweaked as the months and years roll by and as soon as we have a near miss with a commercial airliner, look for the rules to be overhauled once again.
Drones will soon become commonplace in the skies of America, as we grow more and more comfortable with the aspect of unmanned aircraft. But brace yourself, because commercial jet designers already envision a day when the airline jets of the world operate as unmanned - with no pilots on the flight deck. (They will have a trained crew member on board…just in case.)
Coffee, tea or milk will be replaced with an entirely new and chilling question for the travelers of the future;
Manned or unmanned?