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.”
The first Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) will be staged in Shanghai, China, from August 9 to 11. As of late June, the event had attracted the support of 40 exhibitors, including all the leading business aircraft manufacturers.
More than a few business aviation technicians have expressed frustration that NBAA doesn’t represent them and their interests, maintaining, instead, that the organization is primarily flight-crew oriented. The association’s maintenance committee is aggressively trying to change that perception, and the Maintenance Management Conference, held this year in Dallas, is one part of that effort.
There it was at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, bearing an amazing resemblance to the deadly ray-emitting “eye” of the alien creatures from the film War of the Worlds.
But unlike the eerie alien eye, its function is far more benign. It’s the new flex-arm, LED reading light introduced by B/E Aerospace at the EBACE show, and it emits nothing more terrifying than a soft, white glow.
An upbeat Rich Gage, president of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), told attendees at the annual general meeting at its Montreal convention last month that the association is in excellent financial shape, experiencing steady growth and investigating new opportunities to increase its strength and influence.
The events bring business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, customers and others in the industry together for day-long networking and learning experiences
at FBO and airport locations. The 2007 forum dates are: January 25, Scottsdale, Ariz.; February 9, Nagoya, Japan; March 15, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; April 26, White Plains, N.Y.; and June 8, St. Louis, Mo.
Unlike last year’s NBAA Convention, which was hastily transplanted from New Orleans to Orlando in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, next month’s 59th annual NBAA gathering is back again in Orlando–but with plenty of time for planning this year.
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