Keith Lewis, an employee of Stevens Aviation Donaldson Center in Greenville, S.C., was named the FAA 2004 Avionics Maintenance Technician of the Year for the southern region. The award is given annually for excellence in avionics maintenance and outstanding community contributions at the district, regional and national levels. Lewis joined Stevens Aviation in 1970 and has 37 years of experience as an avionics technician.
Michael Scheeringa is the new COO of Cleveland-based Flight Options, with responsibilities for the overall operations, maintenance, procurement and customer care for the fractional provider. He was most recently v-p of the Express division at US Airways.
Organizers of the 2007 European Business Aviation Award, which is to be presented during the seventh annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva from May 22 to 24, have issued a call for nominations. The deadline is April 20. EBACE show promoters the European Business Aviation Association and NBAA jointly organize the award.
The aviation industry speaks with its own jargon and acronym-filled language, one that can take years to master. To help with that challenge, Aviation Supplies and Academics has released the fourth edition of its Dictionary of Aeronautical Terms.
When NBAA hired Shelley Longmuir less than a year ago, the board of directors said the new president would raise the association to a new level. Apparently there was disagreement between Longmuir and the board on just what that next level should be.
“My husband is a pilot for the company, but I’m the one who tells him where to go,” said a dispatcher for a Northeast-based charter operator with a broad smile, one of more than 2,400 men and women attending the 18th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in Phoenix in late January.
At the NBAA Convention in October, Flight Explorer announced the launch of version 5.0 of its aircraft tracking software. The upgrade is available from the Alexandria, Va.-based company at no cost to existing subscribers to Flight Explorer Professional. The cost to new subscribers remains at $250 a month for a one-year contract for the basic system.
Important new features of Flight Explorer version 5.0 include:
Waterford, Mich.-based Pentastar Aviation, the former corporate flight department of DaimlerChrysler purchased by Edsel B. Ford II in 2001, recently promoted Richard Barley to executive chef of its Fivestar Gourmet catering division. Barley oversees a staff of eight chefs and culinary apprentices to provide catering services for FBOs at five Detroit-area airports as well as for off-airport events.
For the fourth straight year, Duncan Aviation was named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune magazine. The Lincoln, Neb.-based aircraft service company employs nearly 2,000 people based at 40 locations. Duncan ranked 77 on this year’s list, which appeared in the January 12 edition of the magazine.
As the industry was basking last month in news that business aircraft deliveries last year were up 16 percent and total billings up more than 19 percent, NBAA’s 16th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference was holding its biggest show ever.