Who’s the best choice when a flight department manager position opens up? For the past 50 or so years, the people who usually got the nod were pilots, whether or not they were the best candidates.
A recent survey of fewer than 60 pilots on the state of the business aviation industry’s security measures is significantly flawed, NBAA asserts. The study, by Dallas-based Aviation Marketing Consultants (AMC), concluded that “flight departments consider themselves largely immune to acts of terrorism, vandalism or other criminal activities, and little has changed in terms of their day-to-day security procedures since 9/11.”
Lamond credits his previous knowledge of the command center as “probably the most important” background in understanding the inner workings of the facility. “We wouldn’t have had anywhere near as successful an interaction with them if we had just knocked on the door on September 11 at 10 o’clock and said, ‘Excuse me, but can we live here for a while,’” he said.
It is not unheard of these days for a company to hire an executive and have that person depart within a short period. The newly hired president and COO of MCI left that telecommunications giant after just seven months, citing a planned management reorganization.
Flight Options pilots are using the NBAA Convention to let the fractional provider’s customers know that the pilot group is only marginally closer to having a negotiated contract nearly a year and a half after voting for a union. The fractional provider’s more than 600 line pilots are represented by International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the same group that represents NetJets’ pilots.
Aviation interests on Capitol Hill don’t come to a stop just because the NBAA Convention is being held. Yesterday, the House transportation and infrastructure subcommittee on aviation held a hearing on airline delays and consumer issues, and NBAA was there.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (Booth No. 7994) has announced the recipient of its Fifth Annual Combs Gates Award. The Annapolis, Md.-based winner, Jane Birch, will receive a $20,000 cash prize for her soon-to be published book, They Flew Proud. The work was inspired by the World War II experiences of her father, Gardner Birch, a flight instructor in the Civilian Pilot Training Program.
Responding to what they perceived as a lack of organization and efficiency in the air charter booking process, flight dispatcher Janet Fenner and entrepreneur Marshall “Sonny” Belew recently founded Skydini.com, a Web site that lets consumers search for and purchase available charter flights online in minutes instead of hours.
Huey Lewis and the News will headline this year’s NBAA Benefit Gala tonight in the Murphy Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center.
“Do You Believe in Love,” “The Heart of Rock and Roll” and “The Power of Love” from the soundtrack to the movie Back to the Future are the band’s best-known hits from the 1980s.
The world-famous Farnborough International Airshow will mark its 60th anniversary when it is staged next year from July 14 to 20. And once again the UK show will feature a dedicated business aircraft park to give exhibitors a higher profile and greater flexibility over how and when they display their products.