The 2013 NBAA Convention, which closed on Thursday in Las Vegas, was a “resounding success,” according to NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “The energy and enthusiasm among exhibitors and attendees has demonstrated once again the tremendous value the industry continues to place on this event as a premier national and international business aviation venue.”
There is no question that the aviation industry needs to recruit its next generation of leaders. Miami Executive Aviation’s CEO Fabio Alexander (Booth No. N3116) is challenging the business aviation community to support the future by pledging $75,000 to support a flying classroom that Experience Aviation’s Barrington Irving is creating out of a Hawker 400XPR that Beechcraft donated to the nonprofit educational organization. Alexander hopes that his generous pledge inspires others to support the unique outreach.
Outreach and education is a key component in growing the aerospace industry, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) showed its commitment to the future by sponsoring an aviation education night for more than 400 students at Las Vegas Rancho High School during NBAA 2013.
GA Telesis Composite Repair Group has received accreditation under ISO 9001/AS9110, Quality Management Systems-Requirements for aviation maintenance organizations as certified by QMI-SAI Global Certification Services. It covers the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft nacelles and structural airframe parts. It also clears the way for the company to be listed in the Online Aerospace Supplier Information System (Oasis), the international aerospace database that publishes all quality certifications.
Kevin Corns, a graduate student at Capella University, is studying the informal learning methods of commercial pilots. Corns said, “The one-size-fits-all approach to pilot training may no longer be sufficient in today’s aviation environment. Current pilot training practices may need to be modified or changed.” Current Part 121 pilots are invited to take Corns’s anonymous survey, which he says should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
The Chicago chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen recently completed another schedule of successful summer programming aimed at steering interested and at-risk youth into aviation careers.
Chicago Tuskegee programs consist of the Legacy Flight Academy, the Educational Assistance Program (which provides scholarships) and the Youth Aviation Summer Program.
Lufthansa Technik is seeking and training new technicians. Recently 137 students began either traditional or dual-study training programs at Lufthansa Technik Group sites in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Alzey, Munich and Arnstadt. The new class brings to 668 the total number of young people at Lufthansa Technik on their way to professions in technical aircraft services.
As the pool of maintenance technicians recedes, Greensboro, N.C.-based Timco Aviation Services is meeting its hiring requirements through a program with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). According to Kip Blakely, Timco’s v-p of industry and government relations, local-area residents are attracted to the maintenance program because it offers graduates the potential for a well paying career in the local area.
Think of a city considered an aerospace manufacturing hub: Seattle, Toulouse, Wichita, São Jose dos Campos and Montreal all come to mind.
How about Rockford, Illinois?
This week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, John and Martha King of King Schools have announced release of a free iOS app that connects to King Schools Online Knowledge Test Courses, allowing customers to download the course video lessons. The means the video lessons can be viewed at any time, with our without an Internet connection, which King Schools said is “a great solution when traveling or when connected to a cellular data service with a limited data plan.”