In perhaps a first for an NBAA Convention, Dan Cathy, president of Atlanta-based Chik-fil-A, yesterday morning opened a public meeting with a prayer. Some 250 attendees of the inaugural Aviation Leadership Breakfast, held in the Omni Hotel, quietly bowed their heads as Cathy said grace. Three hundred people had pre-registered for the breakfast, but several tables had empty seats.
Premier Aircraft Sales, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based aircraft broker for Diamond Aircraft and Mooney, has partnered with AircraftLogs to distribute the latter’s automated record-keeping system. AircraftLogs manufactures digital aircraft management and recordkeeping systems for a range of requirements, from maintenance to tax reporting.
Satcom Direct (Booth No. 1949) announced Tuesday the launch of FlightDeck Freedom, a new in-flight datalink communications service that allows customers to choose their own provider.
Lawmakers had much to think about when they returned from their summer break at the end of August. A Gallup poll revealed that the job approval rating for the Democrat-led Congress had dropped to 18 percent, the lowest rating since Gallup began tracking public opinion in 1974. When the Democrats took control of Congress in January the job approval rating was 35 percent.
Four former military airports that have been converted to civilian airports have been granted funds under the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The airports are Portsmouth (N.H.) International; Sawyer International in Marquette, Mich.; Plattsburgh (N.Y.) International; and Killeen-Fort Hood Regional in Killeen, Texas.
Kathy Perfetti, who as an FAA staffer headed the Fractional Ownership Aviation Rulemaking Committee (which resulted in FAR Part 91, Subpart K) and led the Part 125/135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, has joined the International Business Aviation Council as the standards manager for IBAC’s International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
The FAA has issued a final decision for redesigning the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia metropolitan airspace, but it is likely that airport neighbors will challenge the plan on the grounds that the new routings increase noise.
Van Nuys-based Western Jet Aviation has made a name for itself servicing Gulfstreams, and general manager Jim Hansen attributes the success of his company to its motto: “Treat every airplane as if you were the owner.”
Aero Precision Repair and Overhaul (A-Pro) of Deerfield Beach, Fla., will begin overhaul and repair services on the Piaggio Avanti landing gear and related accessories. The company received approvals from Piaggio and Messier Dowty, the manufacturer of the landing gear.
Raisbeck Engineering has named Naples Jet Center an authorized installation center. Naples Jet Center will promote, sell and install Raisbeck King Air Performance Systems to current and prospective customers. The Florida facility is a new FBO that offers maintenance, avionics and sales.