Interest continues to grow in the formation of regional scheduler and dispatcher groups under the NBAA umbrella. Schedulers and dispatchers in New England and eastern New York are interested in forming a regional S&D group. Those interested should contact Amy Roy at email@example.com or NBAA Northeast Regional Representative Dean Saucier at dsaucier@ nbaa.org.
Pilots for American Eagle, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, ratified a new collective bargaining agreement last month that grants them pay raises and improved retirement benefits over the next four years of a 16-year contract signed in 1997. The new deal grants a pay hike of 4 percent starting on January 1 and another 1 percent starting a year later.
As the industry was basking last month in news that business aircraft deliveries last year were up 16 percent and total billings up more than 19 percent, NBAA’s 16th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference was holding its biggest show ever.
Fred Barth, former manager of flight control for AT&T, retired last spring after 27 years with the Morristown, N.J.-based flight department. He can be reached at (973) 697-2648 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Former Tenet Health flight department scheduler Melanie Carney is now a flight coordinator with TAG Aviation in San Francisco.
According to NBAA, the four-day show, which ran from February 13 to 16, drew 1,525 attendees, 75 more than last year’s show, and 275 exhibitors, 37 more than in 2004. The one-day Schedulers Professional Development Program continues to grow, with more than 100 attending this year, including “numerous pilots and at least one flight department manager,” said Jay Evans, former NBAA liaison to the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee.
While the national intelligence reform law President Bush signed in December carries a provision for photo IDs for “pilots”, confusion reigns over which airman certificates are included. An FAA spokesman told AIN that the law would include any U.S.-issued license, including that for pilots, A&Ps, air traffic controllers and dispatchers. But the law only refers specifically to improved pilot licenses.
Rudy’s Inflight Catering is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its White Plains, N.Y. kitchen with an expansion of the facilities. According to Joe Celentano, who with his brother John owns and manages Rudy’s, “We are about to add a 900-sq-ft refrigerator to supplement the operation.” The facility, on the grounds of Westchester County Airport, has also extended its hours and is now serving clients 24/7/365.
The Northeast Schedulers & Dispatchers Regional Group plans to hold a networking luncheon on Friday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport. An informal luncheon will be sponsored by Air Routing International. The featured speaker will be from the Bradley air traffic management team.
“The pilot points the plane, but who points the pilot?” read the sign over the Avitat exhibit at the 17th annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio in January. It was a blunt affirmation of schedulers’ and dispatchers’ contribution to safe and efficient flight operations.
A million square feet will hold more than 1,100 exhibitors, and more than 110 airplanes will be on display at Orlando Executive Airport. A number of seminars will be of interest to schedulers and dispatchers. A schedulers and dispatchers networking and information resources mini-fair is set for Tuesday, October 17.