Charles “Charlie” Morris, 90, a former NBAA board member and long-time head of Mobil’s corporate flight depart- ment, died on June 17 in Norwalk, Conn. A USAAC pilot during World War II, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters. After the war, Morris flew for several airlines, including Pan American World Airways, and in 1951 he joined Mobil as a DC-3 pilot.
NBAA told AIN that the eApis implementation that took effect on May 18 has largely been a nonevent for business aircraft operators. Under the new rule, all general aviation flights arriving into or departing from the U.S. require the pilot to electronically submit crew and passenger manifests and other flight information to U.S. Customs at least 60 minutes before departure.
“This is a look-alike, not a replica,” said engineer Walt Hoy at the unveiling of the Wright Brothers’ “Silver Bird” Tuesday at Booth No. 3104. “You need to step back a hundred yards to make it look ‘Wright,’” he said, since its design was driven by practical needs for portability and durability.
After more than 40 years operating business aircraft, Bristol-Myers Squibb is shutting down its Trenton, N.J.-based flight department. The company will sell its two Gulfstream Vs and Sikorsky S76Cs and terminate employment of 32 pilots, mechanics and department personnel. “Bristol-Myers is one of the founders of the NBAA,” said Christopher Griffin, v-p for aviation.
AINtv.com has won the Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award (AJOYA) for best airshow coverage. The pioneering online TV coverage from AIN has been webcasting since September 2006 and was honored for its content at the June 2007 Paris Air Show.
In the mid-1980s, NBAA’s annual conventions were drawing about 70 aircraft on the static display line. At last month’s New York-area NBAA regional business aviation forum and static display at Farmingdale, Long Island, there were 41 business aircraft on the ramp, spreading out and filling a closed runway for the one-day event.
Shelley Longmuir, United Airlines’ senior vice president of international, regulatory and governmental affairs, has been named president of NBAA and will take office July 7. She succeeds Jack Olcott, who is retiring after more than 11 years at the helm of the association.
Farnborough International is continuing the Business Aircraft Park (BAP) concept first introduced as a three-day “show within a show” four years ago. This gives business aircraft exhibitors the flexibility to withdraw aircraft after the first three trade days of the seven-day event. However, manufacturers can keep their aircraft on display for the duration of the show if they prefer.
Considering all that has happened in the past 365 days, exhibitors seemed generally pleased with NBAA’s 55th Annual Meeting and Convention. There was agreement that while attendance is off from pre-9/11 versions, the quality remained high and many exhibitors reported doing good business.
USAIG (Booth No. 2621) and its managers, United States Aviation Underwriters, this week announced the start of a year-long celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary. The New York-based company was launched in 1928 and has insured such well-known personalities as Lieutenant James (Jimmy) Dolittle’s first instrument flight and such tragedies as the crash of the airship Hindenburg.