The NBAA Meritorious Service Award was established to recognize extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to aviation, and few fit within those parameters like Gene Cernan. As a member of arguably the most exclusive fraternity on this or any other world, he flew into space three times over his 13 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan said he worries about the flying skills of pilots today. The type-rated Learjet 45 pilot, who was the last man to walk on the moon, commented to AIN at last month’s Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita, “I worry about the complacency that technology is imposing on pilots. Pilots tend to become overwhelmed with all the lights on these glass panels and forget they still have a responsibility to fly the airplane.” Cernan believes that part of the solution is pilots being honest about their flying skills and their shortcomings.
Actor William Shatner will be a guest speaker at the 15th,annual Bombardier Safety Standdown, which takes place next Monday through Wednesday in Wichita. This year, the Safety Standdown format will combine the general sessions with workshops on a variety of safety-related topics. Speakers at the general sessions will include NTSB member Robert Sumwalt; Convergent Performance CEO Dr.