For the third year in a row, NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers committee is sponsoring “Pay It Forward,” a charity drive centered around the annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which is taking place this week in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees were asked to bring gently used business attire to the show, which will then be donated to this year’s charity, Dress for Success San Antonio.
Uvalde, Texas-based Sierra Industries delivered its 50th Cessna Citation with the Williams International FJ44-2A engine retrofit last week. This milestone Citation was handed over to customer Dr. Howard Tobin, a director of the Citation Jet Pilots Association. Including the company’s previous Eagle 400 modifications and FJ44-3A upgrades for Citation IIs and S/IIs, Sierra has performed engine retrofits on more than 70 Citations.
The FBO industry is shifting from a price-sensitive business model to one based on providing an exceptional customer service experience, according to FBO industry consultants Aviation Business Strategies Group. The firm’s principals–John Enticknap and Ron Jackson–addressed a group of industry leaders about this topic today at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Rockwell Collins introduced new enhancements to its Flight Manager web-based application today at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The changes to the program, which is part of the Iowa-based company’s Ascend flight information solutions, include dynamic graphical flight tracking, and an electronic advance passenger information system (APIS) reporting tool for Part 91 operators.
The personal accident rate for employees at Jet Aviation’s St. Louis, Mo. FBO dropped significantly last year versus the numbers posted in 2011. “It’s half the number we experienced in 2011,” a company spokeswoman told AIN. “We’ve also gone 104 days in a row without an injury of any kind, an all-time record.”
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) for Chicago and its surrounding region has publicly charged United Airlines and American Airlines with running “sham” business operations conceived to circumvent city and RTA sales taxes. In a lawsuit filed against United last week, the RTA–a municipal corporation of government that oversees the Chicago area’s public transportation departments–claimed that the airline established shell offices in the town of Sycamore, Illinois, where it pays a total tax rate of 8 percent.
Fuel price monitoring software provider and marketplace Fuelerlinx has added new automated invoice reconciliation (AIR) functionality to its subscription-based product, it announced this week at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. According to the company, its software now has the capability to automatically cross-reference fuel transactions against vendor billing, thereby simplifying the task for accounting departments.
As NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference gets rolling in San Antonio, Texas, this week, organizers announced that this year’s edition of the annual show had set a record for exhibitors with 425 airports, FBOs, fuel suppliers and others scheduled to display their services at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.
Dassault Systèmes, a 3-D design software, digital mock-up and product lifecycle management company, is displaying aerospace innovation solutions at the GIFAS (French aerospace industries) stands at the Dubai Airshow (Stands 640, 1445).
Facing an uncertain budget environment in the coming months, the U.S. Air Force will nevertheless continue developing a new long-range strike bomber (LRS-B) capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear weapons. “Long term, we’re committed to the long-range strike bomber. We’re going to try to keep programs like that on track,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said.