Signature Flight Support (Booth No. N030/031), an FBO chain that is well known in the turbine aircraft world, is exhibiting this week at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla., to build awareness of its support for grassroots general aviation (GA). “We’re doing a big GA push,” a company spokesman told AIN, “and we’ve recently partnered with the Experimental Aircraft Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Recreational Aircraft Foundation in an effort to help enhance the pilot ranks.”
And the international FBO chain is trying to boost the ranks of pilots not only with those from outside the industry; it is also sponsoring flight training for its general managers and those higher up the ranks. This initiative started about two years ago when then-Signature Flight Support president Michael Scheeringa—who is now president and CEO for flight support at Signature parent company BBA Aviatio—started learning to fly. Since he got his private pilot certificate in January last year, 15 other Signature employees have earned their wings under the flight sponsorship program. In addition, dozens more, including the company’s spokesman, are taking flight lessons via the program.
It has also signed on as a major sponsor of the national scholarship program at Able Flight, a nonprofit organization that provides flight and aviation career training scholarships to people with a variety of disabilities. On April 20, Signature will join Embraer Aircraft and Sennheiser Aviation as host sponsors of Able Flight’s 2nd annual benefit event to be held at Fantasy Of Flight near Orlando, Fla. Their sponsorships will cover all expenses for this event, allowing all proceeds to go directly to Able Flight’s scholarship fund. In addition to sponsoring the event, Signature will serve as the host FBO for attendees at its Orlando facilities at the Orlando International and Kissimmee Airports.
Meanwhile, Signature Flight Support plans to make more GA-focused announcements over the coming months. This includes some new programs geared for general and recreational pilots that will be revealed at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., in late July, according to the spokesman.