In keeping with NBAA’s new effort to seek candidates who are familiar with business aviation through a “variety of professional skills and experiences,” three of the association’s four new board members are not directly from corporate flight departments. The new members are Thomas Frist, pilot and co-founder of Hospital Corporation of America. Dr. Frist is also the brother of Senate majority leader William Frist (R-Tenn.).
Based on Flight School 05’s agenda, one could conclude that the one-day forum held earlier this year in Scottsdale, Ariz., was just another aviation industry gathering. From the first speaker, FAA general counsel Andrew Steinberg, to panels featuring CEOs from start-up air limo, very light jet (VLJ) and commercial space companies, little was said that savvy aviation and aerospace industry people hadn’t heard before.
Beau Altman’s retrospective put the profession of business aviation flight attendant into perspective at the 10th Annual Flight Attendants Conference in Atlanta in June.
Altman was among those who attended the first conference in San Antonio in 1996. But his audiovisual journey addressed the challenge that the flight attendant has faced, and continues to face, since the mid-1920s.
The first Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) will be staged in Shanghai, China, from August 9 to 11. As of late June, the event had attracted the support of 40 exhibitors, including all the leading business aircraft manufacturers.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and NBAA have developed a generic operations manual for single-pilot operation of very light jets (VLJs) and technically advanced aircraft. They have also added a supplement to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) to include best practices in the VLJ and single-pilot environments.
Many local residents who successfully opposed TAG Aviation’s application to increase the number of weekend and holiday movements at the UK’s Farnborough Airport are hypocrites, according to their local member of parliament, Gerald Howarth.
“The pilot points the plane, but who points the pilot?” read the sign over the Avitat exhibit at the 17th annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio in January. It was a blunt affirmation of schedulers’ and dispatchers’ contribution to safe and efficient flight operations.
“We’re trying to do a better job of getting the word out about Tracs scholarships for 2007. We had a number of the 2006 opportunities go unused for lack of applicants,” Mark Dietrich of NBAA’s Maintenance Committee told AIN. “The deadline for next year’s awards is January 15, 2007, so we’re giving plenty of notice.”
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.
The Farnborough International 2006 airshow (to be held July 17 to 23) is set to be a record-breaker, with more exhibitors and aircraft than ever before. The show is
now effectively sold out, and the amount of exhibit space booked is up more than 15 percent over the last Farnborough Show in 2004.