The Santa Ana winds wrapped their unseasonable warmth around attendees at the Southern California NBAA Business Aviation Forum & Static Display held in late March in Long Beach and hosted by AirFlite. The winds literally cleared the air, bringing into view the distant and often obscured San Bernardino Mountains as if to be used as a prominent backdrop specifically for the event.
Farnborough Aircraft announced it would delay its plans for the single-
turboprop Farnborough F1 by at least 12 months due to insufficient funding. A delayed design review is now set for next September, with first flight not likely before late 2004. (First flight was previously slated for late next year or early 2003.) Farnborough Aircraft also said it will not participate in this month’s NBAA Convention.
The number of local business aviation advocacy groups has continued to swell to 48 associations as part of an attempt by business aviation users to promote this industry segment. Last year there were 43 such groups, a 40-percent increase from 2000.
The 2003 NBAA Convention celebrated the centennial of manned powered flight with some powerful and exotic hardware, including three new derivative airplanes that would have astonished Orville and Wilbur.
If the annual NBAA Convention serves as a barometer of the general health of the business aviation industry, recovery can’t be very far off. The association’s 56th annual meeting and convention last month in Orlando, Fla., closed with some 28,574 attendees viewing the products and services of a record 1,068 exhibiting companies. See page 20 for a full report on the show.
New Orleans-based Entergy Services, which operates three Citation 650s, has become the first U.S. company whose flight department has been issued an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) certificate. The certificate was presented to Oliver Townbridge, Entergy’s manager of aviation and travel, by the International Business Aviation Council.
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.
As the curtains fell on the third edition of EBACE (the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition) in Geneva last month, the organizers could feel confident that the strong support for the event in this most difficult of years and most challenging of futures for aviation bodes well for its stature as a significant fixture in the world aerospace calendar.
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.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, the NBAA canceled its 54th annual convention in New Orleans last month “to redirect the association’s resources toward national recovery and aid to the victims and their families,” president Jack Olcott said in a statement issued on September 12. This is the first time in its history that NBAA has had to cancel an annual convention.