Sydney “Sid” Baker, former head of Eastman Kodak’s flight department and a business aviation veteran for nearly 30 years, died on February 27. He was 63. Baker also worked for Bell Helicopter, IBM’s flight department and served as vice chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation’s corporate advisory committee. A former Marine Corps pilot, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star for his service in Vietnam.
“This is the future,” announced Rogelio Sobers, a tall, soft-spoken Eastman Kodak salesman, as he stooped over a simple-looking color video display tucked in a corner of the Kodak exhibit at a recent technology trade show. “Maybe,” he added a moment later, a wry smile curling his lips.
The latest Display of the Year Gold Award, presented last month by the Society for Information Display (the display industry’s version of NBAA), went to Eastman Kodak for its pioneering ultra-thin AM550L organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display.
Picture Kodak, king of silver-oxide-and-celluloid photography forever, confronting the age of the digital image, and you can imagine the turmoil, upheaval and forced reinvention that have assaulted the Rochester, N.Y.-based film and processing giant in recent years. These have not been easy times for traditional “memories capsules” packaged in little yellow boxes.
Each year NBAA recognizes member companies with superb safety records. In 1998, the organization started making special note of companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident.