Aviation Business & Career Forum added to NW Aviation Conf.

PUYALLUP, Wash – The Northwest Aviation Conference is expanding to include a day for business and career sessions. Teaming with Pierce County Airport, Horizon Air, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Workforce Central, General Aviation News, Seaplane Pilots Assoc., King County Airport, Washington State Department of Transportation, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, FAA, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) and a multitude of businesses, aviation colleges, technical facilities and government agencies, the Aviation Business & Career Forum is the cumulative brainstorming of over fifty-five presenters from all aspects of the industry.

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Companies that use GA doing better in economic recovery

Businesses that rely on aviation not only did better during the Great Recession; they are already doing better in the recovery when compared to their ground-bound competitors, according to a new study. A post on the website of the National Business Aviation Association notes that companies that utilized business aviation “mitigated revenue losses and recovered more quickly than non-users. Further, companies using business aviation were quicker to hire back employees and have significantly grown their overall workforce since 2007, relative to non-users.”

Wipaire expands south

“A lot of little things added up,” said Wipaire president Chuck Wiplinger, when I asked him about their expansion to Leesburg, Florida. “A great customer base in the immediate area and the growth of our government contract work are just two of the reasons this test makes sense.”

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Cessna endorses OpenAirplane

Cessna has named OpenAirplane as an Endorsed Partner to the Cessna Pilot Center program collaborating to make flying even more convenient for pilots.

“Cessna Pilot Centers are a foundation of our aviation community,” said Rod Rakic, co-founder at OpenAirplane. “We’re excited to be working with the team at Cessna to enhance our product, and deliver a great experience consistently wherever our pilots want to fly.”

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New study highlights the value of bizav during ‘The Great Recession’

Ed Bolen

A new study unveiled at the recent National Business Aviation Association convention shows that even during the worst economic times since the Great Depression, companies that relied on business aviation outperformed the field in important measures of shareholder value and recovered from the recession more quickly than their peers across a range of industries representing the U.S. economy. The study, “Business Aviation: Maintaining Shareholder Value Through Turbulent Times,” concludes that companies in the S&P 500 that use business aviation achieved superior financial performance in a number of key measures and also displayed superior ability to respond to the severe downturn. “This answers the question as to why so many American enterprises continue to depend upon business aviation, even in — and perhaps, especially in — tough economic times,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen (pictured). Find out more here.

NBAA to honor Tuskegee Airmen


The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will bestow the organization’s highest award — NBAA’s 2012 Meritorious Service to Aviation — to the Tuskegee Airmen, Oct. 31, during a general session of the association’s Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) in Orlando, Florida.

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NBAA seeks Business Aviation survey respondents

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is working with the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation on a research study, titled Business Aviation – Gaining Altitude. The goal of this study is to better understand the current and future trends in the business aviation market. As part of the research process, NBAA is seeking survey respondents. Participation will contribute to the data and insights about buying, selling and financing business aircraft over the next several years.  [Read more…]