ExecuJet Europe, a business aircraft sales and services company, has announced the launch of Personal Concierge, which it said is designed to provide individual clients “discreet and full aviation management and operations solutions” via a single phone call. An eight-member team will promote Personal Concierge, and dedicated dispatchers will provide 24/7/365-day support.
According to those who know, anywhere from about $5,000 to $10,000 a year more for the dispatcher.
La Jolla, Calif.-based Blue Sky Network announced receipt of an STC and PMA approval for the D1000 flight-tracking and two-way messaging system, which operates over the Iridium satellite network.
“My husband is a pilot for the company, but I’m the one who tells him where to go,” said a dispatcher for a Northeast-based charter operator with a broad smile, one of more than 2,400 men and women attending the 18th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in Phoenix in late January.
Interest continues to grow in the formation of regional scheduler and dispatcher groups under the NBAA umbrella. Schedulers and dispatchers in New England and eastern New York are interested in forming a regional S&D group. Those interested should contact Amy Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org or NBAA Northeast Regional Representative Dean Saucier at dsaucier@ nbaa.org.
Pilots for American Eagle, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, ratified a new collective bargaining agreement last month that grants them pay raises and improved retirement benefits over the next four years of a 16-year contract signed in 1997. The new deal grants a pay hike of 4 percent starting on January 1 and another 1 percent starting a year later.
As the industry was basking last month in news that business aircraft deliveries last year were up 16 percent and total billings up more than 19 percent, NBAA’s 16th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference was holding its biggest show ever.
Fred Barth, former manager of flight control for AT&T, retired last spring after 27 years with the Morristown, N.J.-based flight department. He can be reached at (973) 697-2648 or email@example.com. Former Tenet Health flight department scheduler Melanie Carney is now a flight coordinator with TAG Aviation in San Francisco.
According to NBAA, the four-day show, which ran from February 13 to 16, drew 1,525 attendees, 75 more than last year’s show, and 275 exhibitors, 37 more than in 2004. The one-day Schedulers Professional Development Program continues to grow, with more than 100 attending this year, including “numerous pilots and at least one flight department manager,” said Jay Evans, former NBAA liaison to the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee.
While the national intelligence reform law President Bush signed in December carries a provision for photo IDs for “pilots”, confusion reigns over which airman certificates are included. An FAA spokesman told AIN that the law would include any U.S.-issued license, including that for pilots, A&Ps, air traffic controllers and dispatchers. But the law only refers specifically to improved pilot licenses.