There is a justifiable argument to be made that waiting until students are in college to expose them to a career option is too late. Jeff Lee, director of flight operations for IBM in White Plains, N.Y., agrees.
Where will we find tomorrow’s pilots? The military, long a provider of trained aviators, hasn’t produced sufficient numbers to satisfy the civil aviation demand for quite some time. It is the collegiate and private-academy flight-training programs that have taken up the slack and will continue to be the primary provider of pilots indefinitely.
FlightSafety Boeing Training International (FSB) opened its UK training center at London Luton Airport on July 27. The 35,000-sq-ft facility is equipped with a pair of Boeing 737-300 flight simulators, a 737-700/800 unit and a 757 device.
The parallels that Howard Reisman sees between himself and John F. Kennedy Jr. continue to haunt the 57-year-old software designer more than three years after Kennedy’s Piper Saratoga II piston single crashed on a dark and hazy summer night off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
An airport-wide aviation career fair that drew some 45 exhibitors and close to 1,500 middle- and high- school students over a two-day period started with an idea from a corporate flight department employee simply to hold an open house in its hangar to familiarize young people with business aviation.
American International Aviation Corp., one of NBAA’s oldest members, celebrated 50 years of operations, all accident free, at a dinner held in the company’s hangar at Teterboro Airport, N.J., on September 18.
3i, a UK-based investment holding company, is reported to be the front- runner in the race to buy Swiss-based Jet Aviation, according to a report in TheDeal.com. The online business publication wrote that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which also owns NetJets and FlightSafety International, had made a one-time, take-it-or-leave-it offer of $480 million for Jet Aviation.
When Nick Leontidis, CAE’s executive vice president of civil training and equipment, tossed down the gauntlet, saying, “We’re going after FlightSafety…we believe we have a better product to offer…” (AIN, July, page 64), his competitor wasn’t about to let that claim go unchallenged.
Executive Aircraft Corp. (EAC), founded in 1974 by Stan Roth, has filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. According to company president Skip Madsen, the move was made necessary by a dramatic decline in aircraft sales.
United Technologies president Louis Chenevert has been elected CEO by the company’s board of directors. He will succeed George David, who will continue as chairman of the board. Chenevert will retain his position as UTC president.
David Watrous, president of the non-profit aviation advisory group RTCA, announced that he will be retiring this year after 19 years with the organization.