An airport-wide aviation career fair that drew some 45 exhibitors and close to 1,500 middle- and high- school students over a two-day period started with an idea from a corporate flight department employee simply to hold an open house in its hangar to familiarize young people with business aviation.
Aviation International News » October 2002
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The aviation industry has often been heavily focused on the requirement for new-hire pilots to have a college degree, that is up until the past few years when the supply of university-educated applicants began to evaporate. Since supply and demand dictated hiring more people without a college-level education, the industry looked toward high-school graduates who have worked their way up.
Marshall Aerospace, now finishing its sixth Global Express completion for Bombardier,
is having to find alternative work for its Cambridge, UK facility as sales slow for the ultra-long-range business jet. The company is contracted to complete six more green Globals, but it is now unclear when it will get this work.
The 2004 Olympic Games, to be held August 13 to 29 in Athens, may prove to be a significant growth factor for business aviation in Greece, including the creation of profitable investment opportunities in ground infrastructure. The flow of visitors is expected to rise starting next year and culminate around the start of the games.
Many business gurus believe knowledge is power, but the ability to transform that wisdom into action is the real measure of success. With just that goal in mind, 17 general aviation business leaders–CEOs, presidents, CFOs and operations managers–gathered at Northwestern University’s Transportation Center recently for the Strategic Management for Aviation Service Firms conference.
In the first nine months of this year, the U.S. business jet and turboprop fleet suffered 47 accidents, including 12 fatal ones that killed 31 passengers and crew, according to Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. This is a slight decrease in the total number of accidents, but it is a major decline in fatalities vs the same period last year.
A supersonic business jet (SSBJ), which many in the industry see as inevitable but just not in the near future, may have taken another step forward when Raytheon Aircraft partner Northrop Grumman unveiled its latest design for a supersonic military strike aircraft.
Indigo, which originally launched a “regular and frequent” business aircraft service with a Falcon 20 in February 2000, was scheduled to receive its first “upscale shuttle” version of the Embraer ERJ-135 late last month.
While much of the business aviation industry remains mired in a slumping economy, Air Culinaire has just expanded to a new location in Signature Flight Support at Memphis International Airport, bringing to 85 the total number of airports served by the Arlington, Va.-based caterer.