The Corporate Angel Network (CAN) will once again be the beneficiary of NBAA’s charity benefit dinner/dance, set for tomorrow in the Grand Ballroom of the Bellagio Hotel from 6 to 11 p.m. The organization arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients in available seats on corporate aircraft. The event will feature dinner, live and silent auctions and a concert by the Beach Boys.
Convergent Performance CEO Dr. Tony Kern has spent much of his life seeking to improve human factors in aviation. So when the NTSB put “unprofessionalism” of flight crews on its “Most Wanted” list, Kern pledged to work to remove this from the list. And so he started the Aviation Professionals pledge and has set a goal of 10,000 signatories by next year.
This year’s winner of the NBAA John H. Winant Award is James Cannon, whose latest project is a textbook on business aviation, written with Dr. Frank Richey of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Called Practical Applications in Business Aviation Management, the book is to be published in November and become a text for graduate students studying business aviation management.
Don Spruston, director general of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), is the 2010 recipient of the NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, granted each year for lifelong individual achievement in supporting business aviation. Spruston has been director general of the IBAC since 1999.
NBAA is holding its 64th Annual Meeting & Convention October 10 to 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year’s gathering also marks the 40th anniversary of AIN’s creation, starting as a convention daily publication launched at NBAA’s 1972 meeting in Cincinnati.
Twenty-six aviation and labor associations representing virtually the entire U.S.
As the lawsuit over the dismantling of the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program moves toward a hearing before a federal district court judge, NBAA and AOPA have established a legal defense fund for people and companies to help defray expenses the two associations incur.
Operators of private aircraft who have relied on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program to protect privacy “should assume their flights will appear” on Internet flight-tracking displays as the government’s plan to limit the program takes effect today, August 2, general aviation groups advised. NBAA and AOPA are challenging the government action in the U.S.
NBAA is mourning the death of Walter Pague, 96, a former director of aviation for Armco Steel who was among the 13 people who gathered at the Wings Club of New York in 1946 to establish the Corporation Aircraft Owners Association, the precursor to NBAA. Pague, who would have turned 97 on Thursday, died in his sleep last Friday at his home in Middletown, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Betty.
The Asian market is waking up to the fact that companies using business aircraft earn more than those that don’t (141 percent more, according to an NBAA analysis). However, there are many obstacles remain to developing the private aviation sector in that part of the world.