Naples, Fla., is the site for Air Chef’s 14th business aircraft catering facility in 11 metropolitan areas. The 2,500-sq-ft kitchen, said president Paul Schweitzer, is distinguished by a “collection of fine wines.” The Naples location marked the third opening of a new Air Chef catering kitchen this year. Two new facilities in Chicago were launched in June.
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Jet Aviation has joined a growing number of Part 121 air carriers and Part 135 charter carriers offering more than just automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) as lifesaving equipment aboard their aircraft by signing a contract with Remote Diagnostic Technologies (RDT) to offer the Tempus 2000 aboard the aircraft it manages.
Air Chef, launched just two years ago, is bidding to become the premier business aviation caterer in the U.S., and it is making plans to expand abroad as well. The company, headquartered in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Worthington, was the brainchild of president Paul Schweitzer and CEO Scott Liston, who created the business plan and raised the outside capital.
Louisiana-based contract pilot Doug Lea is technically on vacation, watching the Sunday afternoon airshow at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla., when his pager goes off. Seeking a location somewhat sheltered from the overhead noise, Lea whips out his cellphone and returns the call, knowing it is one of the seven clients for whom he is currently flying.
In the spirit of good sportsmanship, let it be known in the pages of AIN that B/CA columnist J. Sheldon “Torch” Lewis is girding up to attend his 50th consecutive NBAA convention. Torch says he has attended every NBAA convention since the 1953 CAOA (Corporate Aircraft Owners Association) meeting in St. Louis. NBAA’s 55th Annual Meeting and Convention will be held this month in Orlando, Fla. Anyone care to challenge Torch’s record?
If you think you could write a book about all the bad airline experiences you ever had, too late–a flight attendant just beat you to it.
As corporate pilots Tom and Pam Clements climbed the stone steps at the forbidding Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia, it seemed incredible that they were being paid to go on this “vacation.” Though the Clements had paid the incremental cost of accompanying their passengers on various sightseeing tours, the husband and wife team had still turned a small profit flying their passengers on a three-month, eastbound journey from Scottsdale, Ariz., near
New York radio personality and NetJets customer Don Imus has become the first fractional aircraft owner to become a participant in the Corporate Angel Network, the White Plains, N.Y.-based organization that arranges free transportation for cancer patients to treatment centers using empty seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business.
For the fifth straight year, Houston’s Aviation Institute of Maintenance has benefited from the largess of Wing Aviation’s customers and friends.
Business jet passengers and crews who move regularly through the Carolinas will discover a new business aviation caterer at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.