The verbal sparring over ATC funding and user fees reached the front page of The Wall Street Journal today in a long article, “Why Big Airlines Are Starting a Fight with Business Jets,” that impartially lays out the opposing positions of business aviation and the airlines. Front-page, left-column placement of the story shows the importance the newspaper’s editors place on the issue.
NBAA’s board of directors yesterday selected Archie Trammell–a weather radar specialist, aviation journalist and lifelong safety advocate–as the recipient of the 2006 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation. The board also chose to bestow FlightSafety International veteran James Waugh Jr. with the 2006 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award.
The recipient of the this year’s NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, given for lifetime achievement in furthering the goals of business aviation, said the great people he has had the opportunity to work with over the years have meant more to him than anything else.
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.
According to recent salary surveys by NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the pilots who fly the biggest jets for the biggest companies bring home the biggest paychecks–no surprise there. And while seasoned business jet captains usually earn six-figure salaries, it takes years of earning little while spending lots on training to achieve that coveted spot in the left seat.
The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition hosted its first IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations) workshop this year, encouraging an expansion of NBAA’s safety code of best practices into Latin America.
IS-BAO was born in 1999 of a need to establish an industry-wide standard of best practices for business aircraft operators and was launched officially in May 2002.
Signature Flight Support president Beth Haskins remains at her post, despite an announcement earlier this year that she would be leaving last month. She told AIN the delay in her separation is a result of Signature’s not having found a replacement. She is likely to remain in the position at least through the NBAA Convention, which will take place in Orlando, Fla. (home of Signature headquarters), from November 9 to 11.
When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, the business aviation community swung into action to help those affected by the natural disaster. Not long after the hurricane made landfall on the morning of August 29, many aircraft operators called the Red Cross and offered to airlift in supplies or do humanitarian transports. Their offers were rebuffed; instead, the relief agency simply asked for donations.
Dundee, Scotland-born David Paris, 55, joined the Royal Navy in January 1967, for an eight-year hitch as a pilot. He trained on de Havilland Canada Chipmunks, Hillers, Westland Whirlwind 7s (based on the Sikorsky S-55), Wessex 1s (based on the Sikorsky S-58/Choctaw) and the anti-submarine Wessex 3, on which–in early 1969–he was posted to the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle with 826 Naval Air Squadron.
Private Canadian operators of turbine-powered aircraft are experiencing a reduction in individual certification delays, the result of a Transport Canada agreement with the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), announced association president and CEO Rich Gage at the 42nd annual CBAA convention in Toronto. Gage described the association’s private operator certificate (POC) program as an “exceptional success.”