During yesterday morning’s opening session of NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers conference in San Antonio, Gerald Grady, the manager of flight dispatch for CSX Corporation, was presented with the 2013 Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award.
NBAA and its Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee is awarding $41,000 in scholarship funds this year to seven people seeking to advance their aviation careers through continuing education, the association announced yesterday at the S&D Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Signature Flight Support, Universal Weather & Aviation, AC-U-KWIK, Jet Aviation, Savoya and Rockwell Collins Flight Information Solutions provided funding for this year’s awards.
Rockwell Collins introduced enhancements to its Flight Manager web-based application today at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The changes to the program, which is part of the Iowa-based company’s Ascend flight information solutions, include dynamic graphical flight tracking and an electronic advance passenger information system (APIS) reporting tool for Part 91 operators.
For the third year in a row, NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers committee is sponsoring “Pay It Forward,” a charity drive centered around the annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which is taking place this week in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees were asked to bring gently used business attire to the show, which will then be donated to this year’s charity, Dress for Success San Antonio.
MedFlight of Ohio is the winner of the 2012 American Eurocopter Vision Zero Safety Award. The award recognizes an entity that has demonstrated a commitment to safety, spotlights its specific safety initiatives and shares them with the industry to encourage their proliferation.
There’s a flight department job that requires knowledge of airports and fixed-base operations, general aviation rules and regulations, aviation weather, Customs and TSA regulations, fuel prices and analysis, aircraft maintenance scheduling, flight log entries and another four or five dozen specialized tasks.
A dramatic drop in attendance at last year’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference–2,027 compared with 2,612 in 2008–led to concerns for the 2010 conference, coming as it was amid an industry looking for some sign of revival. But according to Jo Damato, NBAA staff liaison to the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, this year’s event was “terrific.”
NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee has added Jet Aviation FBO & Charter Sales to the list of companies that sponsor the scholarships it administers. Other sponsors include Ac-u-Kwik, Air BP Aviation Services, Chevron Global Aviation, ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitat FBOs, Jeppesen DataPlan, Signature Flight Support and Universal Weather and Aviation.
NBAA’s 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, held in Long Beach, Calif., last week, attracted fewer attendees and exhibitors than last year’s meeting, but many who were there agreed that a high-quality crowd made participation well worthwhile. Total attendance was 2,027, down from 2,612 last year, and exhibitors numbered 335, 14 percent off last year’s 391.
The Schedulers and Dispatchers Committee is encouraging aviation professionals to apply for a portion of the $25,000 in scholarship money provided by sponsors ExxonMobil, Avitat, Signature Flight Support, Million Air, Air Routing and Universal Weather and Aviation.