A record-high 2,600 people are expected to attend the 2014 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which opened yesterday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and runs through tomorrow. This year’s theme is “Take the Lead,” and keynote speaker Betty Shotton, the CEO of LiftOff Leadership, delved into the possibilities and obstacles faced in business aviation careers during yesterday morning’s opening general session. Dozens of other interactive education sessions are planned during the conference.
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Business aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace appointed JetHQ as its exclusive sales agent for Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Turkey and Lebanon. These countries represent some of the most active private aviation markets in the Middle East, Nextant said. JetHQ and its Dubai-based managing director, Garett Jerde, will play a “key role” in expanding Nextant’s sales, marketing and customer service strategy in the region, it said. JetHQ has brokered a variety of business aircraft in the region, including those from Beechcraft, Hawker, Bombardier, Gulfstream and AgustaWestland.
Quest Aircraft recently delivered three Kodiak turboprop singles to TAME EP Airlines in Ecuador, the Sandpoint, Idaho company announced yesterday. The aircraft will be used for passenger transport and eco-tourism, in conjunction with the Ecuadorian Amazon Connectivity Project, an initiative of the Ecuadorian government to offer reliable transportation to and from remote areas of the country. With these latest deliveries, the Kodiak is now approved in 14 countries, said Quest, which expects more new certifications this year.
In recognition of their valuable contributions to NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers scholarship program, the organization has honored two long time supporting companies.
A record-high 2,600 people are expected to attend the 2014 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which opened this morning at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and runs through Friday.
Last year “should mark a bottom” for the business jet market, but the path of recovery is “unclear,” according to J.P.Morgan’s latest business jet monthly report. “We estimate that there were about 650 business jet deliveries last year, which would represent a 43-percent decline over five years. Deliveries in 2014 should be up–we estimate by about 10 percent–with help from new and upgraded platforms,” it noted.
William “Bill” Stine II, longtime director of NBAA’s international operations, retired from the association on Friday after nearly 35 years of service. Since 1979, Stine has been NBAA’s resident expert on international business aviation communications, navigation and surveillance issues. He has served as staff liaison to the NBAA International Operators Committee and Schedulers and Dispatchers Committee, and helped set the agenda for the association’s International Operators Conference, as well as for education sessions on overseas operations at NBAA’s annual conventions.
Dick Koenig, former publisher of Flying, has been tapped to head the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the organization that arranges free flights for cancer patients to treatment centers using empty seats on corporate jets. CAN executive director Peter Fleiss is retiring, effective January 20, after leading the organization for 14 years. Fleiss will thus become director emeritus and remain actively involved during the leadership transition.
Two executives from TLC Aviation at St. Maarten (Netherlands Antilles) International Airport that are experts in private/executive aviation in the Caribbean will be at the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference this week in New Orleans.
As the New York area FBOs prepare for the onslaught of business aircraft arrivals at the Super Bowl little more than two weeks away, some continue to develop their plans and customer incentives. At NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, which began today in New Orleans, Sheltair, which operates FBOs at five area airports (John F.