NBAA awarded its 2012 Gold Wing Award for reporting excellence to AIN senior editor Matt Thurber today at the NBAA Convention. The award recognizes Thurber’s article, “Saving Lives, One Flight at a Time,” about business aviation’s role in organ transport, published in the August/September 2011 issue of AIN Publications’ Business Jet Traveler. The association presented its David Ewald Platinum Wing Award to Flying Magazine editor-in-chief Robert Goyer.
International travel medical services provider MedAire is here at NBAA to demonstrate the new functionality of its recently relaunched website. The direct link provides helpful information and relevant resources such as a health map highlighting medical risks to the traveling public.
Aviation system manufacturer Liebherr-Aerospace (Booth No. 1316) of Toulouse, France is exhibiting its landing gear, actuation, flight control and additional systems for business jets and helicopters at NBAA’12. Liebherr provides support for its equipment with component repair, technical expertise and spares distribution services. Its customer service organization is represented in the U.S. by Liebherr Aerospace Saline, with offices in Saline, Mich., Seattle and Wichita.
As any show attendee with children is aware, this year’s NBAA overlaps Halloween, and if you find yourself craving some aviation-themed thrills and chills while in Orlando, head over to nearby Fantasy of Flight in Polk City for two events celebrating the spookiest time of the year.
No matter how many times you’ve done it, preparing for something as large and as busy as the influx of aircraft at an NBAA Convention takes a lot of planning and coordination.
NBAA’s 65th Annual Meeting and Convention comes a little later than normal this year, October 30 through November 1. The main event takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. And like last year’s event, this year’s will feature two static displays, the regular large gathering at Orlando Executive Airport, hosted by Showalter Flying Service, and a smaller on-site display next to the convention center.
Four companies received the Safety of Flight Award at EBACE 2012 in Geneva, earlier this month.
DC Aviation, TAG Aviation and PrivatAir won the platinum award for achieving at least 50 years, or 100,000 hours of safe flying. VistaJet received the silver award for 30 years, or 60,000 hours, of accident-free flying.
From time to time Rocky and I entertain friends. Generally, as a 14-year-old golden retriever, he shows a lot of enthusiasm when someone first arrives but before long he ends up lying on his back in his semi-comatose, tongue hanging out, nap mode with his paws twitching in response to dreams of birds long ago retrieved. This time was different.
During my frequent travels, I take advantage of down time at airports to catch up on my magazine pile. After finishing each magazine, I try to leave the still-fresh periodical where someone else can pick it up and possibly be inspired by what aviation has to offer.
Launch of the ViaSat-1 high-capacity, Ka-band, spot-beam satellite has been set for Wednesday, October 19 at 18:48 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Proton M launch vehicle. The satellite will enable the broadband multimedia Internet access that ViaSat, of Carlsbad, Calif., expects to provide over the next decade to meet an accelerating growth in airborne bandwidth demand.