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.
The static display is one of the highlights of each year’s NBAA Convention, where manufacturers and operators show off their crown jewels before potential customers and competitors. With a sold out display at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field (FTY)–this year including nearly 90 aircraft–the host FBOs need the logistical support and organizational skills of an aircraft carrier deck boss to keep everything running smoothly.
Get ready to light the candles, Atlanta: NBAA will be celebrating 60 years of annual meetings and conventions, as well as the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Georgia, when this year’s exhibition sets up in the Georgia World Congress Center and at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field from September 25 to 27.
Billing the event as a mini version of its annual show, NBAA brought 73 vendors to DuPage Airport on June 24 to present to Chicagoland a range of business aircraft and a host of service vendors and forums. More than 1,100 people attended to walk through and ogle the 31 aircraft on static display at the airport, which is located 25 miles west of downtown Chicago.
NBAA is gearing up to celebrate its 60th anniversary at this year’s annual meeting and convention in Atlanta. The convention, which will also honor the centennial of manned flight in Georgia, will run from September 25 to 27. Organizers expect to build on last year’s record-breaking event by filling more than 1 million sq ft of exhibit space at the Georgia World Congress Center.