Fog greeted early arrivals to the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum in Seattle this morning, but it soon burned off under the unseasonably warm sun shining on the event, which was held today at the Clay Lacy FBO at Boeing Field. More than 800 people pre-registered for the forum and 80 exhibitors filled one of Clay Lacy’s hangars. An Embraer Legacy 650 was the largest jet of the 16 static-display aircraft, which included a Piper Meridian, Quest Kodiak and Hawker 4000.
NBAA will hold a business aviation regional forum next Thursday at Clay Lacy Aviation at Seattle Boeing Field. The agenda at the day-long forum includes a general session presented by NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, as well as sessions on upset recovery and stall prevention, paper to digital chart transitioning best practices, future air navigation systems and business aviation taxes. There will also be an exhibitor hall and aircraft static display area.
The passing of Neil Armstrong comes as a shock. Surely the first human to set foot on another celestial body would never succumb to something as predictable and inevitable as mortality? But succumb he did, last Saturday (August 25), from complications following cardiovascular procedures.
Clay Lacy will be honored by the Aero Club of Southern California with its Howard Hughes Memorial Award on February 8. Famed test and aerobatic pilot Bob Hoover will present the award in recognition of Lacy’s achievements spanning some six decades. An airline captain, experimental test pilot, air race champion, aviation record-setter, aerial cinematographer and entrepreneur, “Lacy has accumulated more hours flying jets than anyone on Earth and is widely credited with revolutionizing the business aviation and aerial photography industries,” the group noted.
Clay Lacy will receive NBAA’s Meritorious Service to Aviation Award tonight. The honor is presented annually to an individual who has made significant, identifiable contributions that have materially advanced aviation interests.
NBAA announced that Clay Lacy will receive the 2011 NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, while Don Spruston will get the 2011 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award. The Meritorious Service to Aviation Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions advancing aviation interests.
Van Nuys, Calif.-based Clay Lacy Aviation (Booth No. 2027) added eight business jets to its managed fleet in the first three quarters of this year, including a Falcon 2000, Hawker 800, Gulfstream V and Gulfstream 450, two Gulfstream IVs and two Gulfstream 550s. In addition, the company has reported a 22-percent increase in charter hours and a 13-percent jump in total flight hours from the same period last year.
Friends and family honored the memory of Dick Friel, 76, the flashy and well-loved marketing executive for winglet maker Aviation Partners, with a missing-man flyover on January 25 at Seattle Boeing Field. A memorial service was held for Friel at Boeing Field’s Museum of Flight, after which a formation of Learjets and a Falcon 900 flown by aviation luminaries passed overhead.
Clay Lacy Aviation of Van Nuys, Calif., has been named an Embraer-authorized service center for the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets in Southern California. Clay Lacy is an FAA Class III and IV certified repair station. Adam Elzinga, director of facilities, told AIN that the 80,000-sq-ft facility is ready to accommodate the newest aircraft in Clay Lacy’s maintenance line-up.
What economic downturn? Clay Lacy Aviation (CLA) announced the highest growth in its managed-aircraft fleet this year since its founding more than 40 years ago, adding 14 aircraft during the first three quarters. “Aircraft owners today more than ever are looking to maximize the value of their aviation operations,” CLA president Brian Kirkdoffer said in explaining the uptick.