IBM Euroflight has become the first European corporate flight department to complete the new International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) certification process. The IS-BAO certificate now covers IBM’s European and U.S. flight departments, which are based respectively at Paris Le Bourget Airport and White Plains, N.Y.
The Nordam Group’s board of directors has voted to extend Ken Lackey’s term as chairman and CEO through 2008. He has assumed the additional responsibilities of COO of the manufacturing divisions. John Uczekaj, Nordam’s president and COO, has left the company to pursue other interests. Bill Peacher, Nordam’s CFO, will also serve as COO of the Nordam Repair Group.
Canada has selected the Herc Solutions team to provide ongoing support services for its aging 31-strong Lockheed CC-130 Hercules fleet. Herc Solutions is a team of four major global C-130 support players, with Cascade Aerospace of Abbotsford, Canada, as prime contractor. The other team members are Derco Aerospace, Marshall Aerospace and Standard Aero.
Yesterday, EBACE Convention News incorrectly reported that Universal Weather and Aviation has 12,000 employees. In fact, the flight-planning group has a global staff of 1,200.
With all other serious contenders out of the running, AirCell appears likely to win an FCC auction for a coveted slice of frequency spectrum that will enable the Englewood, Colo. company to provide air-to-ground high-speed Wi-Fi services.
The verbal sparring over ATC funding and user fees reached the front page of The Wall Street Journal today in a long article, “Why Big Airlines Are Starting a Fight with Business Jets,” that impartially lays out the opposing positions of business aviation and the airlines. Front-page, left-column placement of the story shows the importance the newspaper’s editors place on the issue.
NBAA’s board of directors yesterday selected Archie Trammell–a weather radar specialist, aviation journalist and lifelong safety advocate–as the recipient of the 2006 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation. The board also chose to bestow FlightSafety International veteran James Waugh Jr. with the 2006 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award.
The recipient of the this year’s NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, given for lifetime achievement in furthering the goals of business aviation, said the great people he has had the opportunity to work with over the years have meant more to him than anything else.
Each year NBAA recognizes member companies with superb safety records. In 1998, the organization started making special note of companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident.
According to recent salary surveys by NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the pilots who fly the biggest jets for the biggest companies bring home the biggest paychecks–no surprise there. And while seasoned business jet captains usually earn six-figure salaries, it takes years of earning little while spending lots on training to achieve that coveted spot in the left seat.