On the NATPE convention floor there were encouraging signs that aviation-related programming was holding its own in the current, seemingly endless supply of reality-based programs. Billy Campbell, president and CEO of Discovery Networks USA, parent company of the Discovery Wings Channel, served as a panelist on a forum exploring the forecast of programming for this year.
Might a civil helicopter be next in line to benefit from an infrared-sensor-based enhanced vision system (EVS)? Max-Viz, of Portland, Ore.–formed two years ago to develop and market EVS for business jets–reports fast-growing interest in the concept among helicopter operators and OEMs attending last month’s Heli-Expo convention in Dallas.
NBAA has narrowed its list of potential successors to president Jack Olcott to three candidates, and the announcement of who will take the organization to “another level” is expected sometime this month.
Najeeb (Jeeb) Halaby, FAA Administrator, Sept. 26, 1961: explaining Operation Sky Shield II, the grounding of all U.S. and Canadian commercial airlines, general aviation, charter and cargo flights on Oct. 14 to 15, 1961, to conduct a Norad and Strategic Air Command simulation of a Soviet bomber attack during the height of the Cold War. Halaby addressed these remarks to 600 NBAA members during the 1961 NBAA Convention in Tulsa, Okla.
Who’s the best choice when a flight department manager position opens up? For the past 50 or so years, the people who usually got the nod were pilots, whether or not they were the best candidates.
A recent survey of fewer than 60 pilots on the state of the business aviation industry’s security measures is significantly flawed, NBAA asserts. The study, by Dallas-based Aviation Marketing Consultants (AMC), concluded that “flight departments consider themselves largely immune to acts of terrorism, vandalism or other criminal activities, and little has changed in terms of their day-to-day security procedures since 9/11.”
Executive Jet has named former communications and entertainment executive Mark Booth co-chairman of its NetJets Europe fractional aircraft ownership program. Booth, based in London, will help expand NetJets throughout Europe. He joined NetJets from epartners, a subsidiary of News Corp., where he was a general partner. His career has spanned 20 years in the communications and entertainment industries.
It is not unheard of these days for a company to hire an executive and have that person depart within a short period. The newly hired president and COO of MCI left that telecommunications giant after just seven months, citing a planned management reorganization.
Flight Options pilots are using the NBAA Convention to let the fractional provider’s customers know that the pilot group is only marginally closer to having a negotiated contract nearly a year and a half after voting for a union. The fractional provider’s more than 600 line pilots are represented by International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the same group that represents NetJets’ pilots.
Aviation interests on Capitol Hill don’t come to a stop just because the NBAA Convention is being held. Yesterday, the House transportation and infrastructure subcommittee on aviation held a hearing on airline delays and consumer issues, and NBAA was there.