Dick Koenig, former publisher of Flying, has been tapped to head the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the organization that arranges free flights for cancer patients to treatment centers using empty seats on corporate jets. CAN executive director Peter Fleiss is retiring, effective January 20, after leading the organization for 14 years. Fleiss will thus become director emeritus and remain actively involved during the leadership transition.
Dallas Airmotive plans to expand its support services in the northeastern U.S. The company will add regional field service representatives and a mobile response vehicle capable of on-site inspections, repair work and carbon seal replacements at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., one of the region’s most popular sites for business and general aviation aircraft. Additionally, the company is adding field service representatives throughout the region to improve response time and reduce ground time for repairs.
Cabin window shade specialist Aerospace Technology Group (ATG) raised more than $1,000 for the Corporate Angel Network last week at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. To raise the money for the charity, which arranges for unused seats on business aircraft flights to be used to transport cancer patients to treatment, show attendees made donations to have their photo taken with members of the NBA champion Miami Heat’s dance team at ATG’s booth.
Fresh from a limited Broadway engagement, where they celebrated their 50th anniversary, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have arrived in Orlando to entertain NBAA members and guests at the NBAA/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) gala on Wednesday night. The event, billed as an Evening with Angels, will be staged at the Peabody Orlando’s Grand Ballroom from 6 to 11 p.m. Individual tickets, which include admission to the cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and live and silent auctions, are $350. For members who want to attend just the concert, the entertainment-only ticket is $150.
A super-midsize Gulfstream G280 recently set an unconfirmed city-pair speed record from Paris to White Plains, N.Y., making the flight in 7 hours 40 minutes. The G280, which is expected to be certified in the third quarter, took off from Paris Le Bourget Airport on May 17 and flew nonstop to Westchester County Airport in White Plains at an average speed of Mach 0.80 against an average 32-knot headwind. Piloting the G280 were Gulfstream mid-cabin chief pilot Brett Rundle, mid-cabin senior international captain Chip Leonard and senior production test pilot Butch Allen.
Gulfstream Aerospace donated $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network, which arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats on business aircraft. Gulfstream was one of the first corporate flight departments to join as a CAN participant in 1982 and has donated both flight time and funds to the organization. “When treatment centers are far from home CAN provides free flights, allowing patients to travel without compromising their weakened immune systems,” said Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.
Fractional provider Flight Options donated 10 hours of fractional jet flight time to Corporate Angel Network, which arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients using the empty seats on corporate jets. This contribution expands the relationship between Corporate Angel Network and Flight Options, which has donated flight time to the organization since 2001. “Corporate Angel Network provides a unique and extremely valuable service to those afflicted with cancer, and we are proud to be able to support this life-giving organization,” said Flight Options chairman Kenn Ricci.
Safe Flight Instrument donated $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network (CAN) to support the charity’s mission of arranging free flights to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats in business aircraft. The company has a long history with CAN, transporting the organization’s first patient–a 16-year-old boy going back home to Detroit after treatment in New York City–some 30 years ago. CAN now has 530 participating corporations, a team of 50 part-time volunteers and six paid staff.
The Corporate Angel Network (CAN) will once again be the beneficiary of NBAA’s charity benefit dinner/dance, set for tomorrow in the Grand Ballroom of the Bellagio Hotel from 6 to 11 p.m. The organization arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients in available seats on corporate aircraft. The event will feature dinner, live and silent auctions and a concert by the Beach Boys.