Two former PrivatAir vice presidents have launched Alerion, a charter brokerage firm with operations in Connecticut, New York, California and Florida. The company arranges corporate, individual and family charter services and offers management and advisory services to its clients.
Interviews with people of interest in aerospace, including those in industry, government and AIN’s “Bizav Warriors.” Topics include announcements of personnel changes, awards and final departures.
Universal Avionics Systems Corp. of Tucson, Ariz., announced that Charles Edmondson, one of the founders of the company along with the late Hubert Naimer, has retired. The two men founded the company in Torrance, Calif., in 1980. As executive vice president, Edmondson had responsibility for Universal Avionics’ worldwide operations. More recently, he served as senior corporate vice president and as a member of the board of directors.
FBO operator, aircraft service provider and management specialist Pentastar Aviation (Booth No. 3351) has recently named a new president and CEO. Rick Maloney is an aviation industry veteran with 30 years of experience including positions as United Airlines vice president for flight operations, as well as the carrier’s system chief pilot.
In 1998, the National Business Aviation Association started honoring companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident. NBAA Convention News talked with representatives from this year’s top honorees to find out about their
operations and the secrets of their successes.
Tecumseh Products, Tecumseh, Mich.
Dennis Bailey, aviation department manager
Huey Lewis and the News will headline this year’s NBAA Benefit Gala tonight in the Murphy Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center.
“Do You Believe in Love,” “The Heart of Rock and Roll” and “The Power of Love” from the soundtrack to the movie Back to the Future are the band’s best-known hits from the 1980s.
While this year’s NBAA Convention commemorates the association’s 60th anniversary, show planners are taking advantage of its Atlanta location to celebrate another milestone–the centennial of powered flight in Georgia.
Each year, NBAA recognizes the top aviation maintenance and avionics technicians with good safety records who work for member companies. Maintaining corporate aircraft or avionics for three accident-free years is the minimum requirement for an NBAA Safety Award but the actual number of years for many of the technicians adds up to four decades or more.
The National Business Aviation Association could hardly have picked a more deserving recipient for this year’s Doswell Award than Georgia resident E. Patrick “Pat” Epps, president of Epps Aviation, especially with the convention being held in Atlanta this year as Georgia celebrates its 100th anniversary of powered flight. Named for John P.
Business aviation attracts pilots with wide-ranging experiences, whose career paths may have taken them in a hundred different directions before they landed in the cockpit of a Gulfstream, Hawker or Falcon.
“Ken Emerick, chairman of NBAA board of directors, caught me at the airport, on my way to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah, to tell me I had been selected to receive the NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation,” Gulfstream president emeritus Bryan Moss told NBAA Convention News. “The award was a complete and total surprise,” said Moss, who was named president emeritus in April.