“The number-one priority is being safety specialists,” said Dodie Thomas, who works for Altria Client Services and was chosen as vice chairwoman of the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee. Mary Ann Fash became chairwoman of the committee, taking over from Scott Arnold. “We’ve come a long way from Emily Post [etiquette lessons],” Thomas added.
George A. Saling, vice president of aviation and travel services for Altria, will receive NBAA’s John P. “Jack” Doswell award for 2008 in honor of his commitment to excellence and safety in business aviation, both in his professional career and in several volunteer roles for NBAA.
Jeffrey Sands, director of flight operations for Altria, disclosed results of his company’s participation in a Flight Safety Foundation demonstration of a flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) program. Altria has two years of results from its three Gulfstream IV-SPs, using data downloaded from the airplane’s quick access recorder (QAR) sent to data-analysis vendor Austin Digital.