More than a few business aviation technicians have expressed frustration that NBAA doesn’t represent them and their interests, maintaining, instead, that the organization is primarily flight-crew oriented. The association’s maintenance committee is aggressively trying to change that perception, and the Maintenance Management Conference, held this year in Dallas, is one part of that effort.
An upbeat Rich Gage, president of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), told attendees at the annual general meeting at its Montreal convention last month that the association is in excellent financial shape, experiencing steady growth and investigating new opportunities to increase its strength and influence.
The events bring business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, customers and others in the industry together for day-long networking and learning experiences
at FBO and airport locations. The 2007 forum dates are: January 25, Scottsdale, Ariz.; February 9, Nagoya, Japan; March 15, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; April 26, White Plains, N.Y.; and June 8, St. Louis, Mo.
Joshua Cunningham was awarded the 2006 Golden Eagle Scholarship from Pratt & Whitney in partnership with the Tuskegee Airmen. The $20,000 award recognizes a high school senior who has demonstrated an aptitude for aerospace technology and aviation. He will receive $5,000 each year for four years.
Unlike last year’s NBAA Convention, which was hastily transplanted from New Orleans to Orlando in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, next month’s 59th annual NBAA gathering is back again in Orlando–but with plenty of time for planning this year.