First: Ask the right question

When I was a relatively young instructor I had the good fortune to call a small uncontrolled airport in central Connecticut my home base. Meriden Markham may not make the annals of aviation as a hotbed of technical achievement, innovative design, or the home of a manufacturing marvel, but I learned more about teaching, and business management, and the importance of successfully marketing a service during my time flying for Meriden Aviation than I have at any other flying job.

Part of that education was happenstance. It was nothing more complicated than good luck that brought me to work for a chief pilot named Frank Gallagher. It was Frank who taught me the valuable lesson that a well-planned cooperative effort can have far more powerful results than a Herculean individual attempt. I’m not entirely sure that was his intent, but that was the lesson I took away from my time in Meriden. Working together to achieve a clearly understandable common goal works. It’s just that simple.

As unusual as it may seem, my first assignment as an instructor at Meriden involved a file cabinet and a phone. There was no airplane involved. Frank simply pointed me, and another new-hire instructor, to a file cabinet full of student records and assigned us to select the students who had stopped flying, but had not earned their ratings or certificates. With that pile of files on our desks, we started making phone calls. [Read more…]

Government hypocrisy regarding BizAv

Judicial Watch has uncovered, and posted it its website, large volumes of email documenting Congressional requests for military airlifts. The March 10, 2009 story highlights some of the more brazen communications from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office and assistant’s to Department of Defense (DOD) staff.

During another email exchange DOD staff advised Kay King that one Pelosi military aircraft request could not be met because of “crew rest requirements” and offered to help secure commercial travel. Kay King responded: “We appreciate the efforts to help the codel [sic] fly commercially but you know the problem that creates with spouses. If we can find another way to assist with military assets, we would like to do that.”


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Buffett defends business aviation on CNBC

Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway on CNBC (Monday, March 9), when asked about President Obama’s stance on business aircraft, said…

“Berkshire has been better off by me having a plane available to go and do deals or whatever it may be. A lot of times it doesn’t work out. But net, it’s a plus. We have done things I wouldn’t have done if we hadn’t had a plane. And I think it’s…a big mistake to start demonizing anybody in this game. I just think it causes the American people to look backwards. And we don’t want villains, we want victory.”

Buffett’s comments come at about the 9:00 minute mark in the video embedded here.

Olson named CEO of Shadin Avionics

Shadin Avionics has appointed David Olson interim CEO.

He replaces Allan Kramer, who resigned Oct. 8.

According to company officials, Olson has substantial executive management experience in the aerospace and defense industry, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Since 1978, Shadin Avionics has specialized in the design, manufacture, support and distribution of fuel flow systems, engine trend monitoring, altitude management systems, air data computers, converters and other instrumentation for turbine, piston and rotor aircraft for the military, general and corporate aviation markets. Re-Designs Website

Tropic Aero has recently undergone a re-design of its on-line aviation retail store. The new website showcases portable aviation electronics, pilot supplies, training materials, cockpit accessories, apparel and safety equipment from manufacturers such as Garmin, David Clark, Telex, ICOM, Bose, and Lightspeed.

The new site offers web pages that are cleaner and more concise. Drop-down/fly-out menus allow people to find products and information quickly and easily. In many cases a person can navigate directly to a specific product or manufacturer in just one click. [Read more…]

Careers in Aviation announces $2,500 scholarship from Flightline Group

Careers in Aviation has received a $5,000 donation from the Flightline Group.

The donation will assist in general support for the organization, and more importantly, toward the establishment of a Flightline Group, Inc. Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship is designated for a potential or current student pursuing a career in aviation, who expresses a need for financial support to complete training or education. [Read more…]

Günter Kappler to take helm at Tielert

With immediate effect the renowned engine expert Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter Kappler will provide support to Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH in continuing the company’s operative business. “A clear signal for customers and investors,” says insolvency administrator, Dr. Bruno Kübler.

“I am happy that it was possible to recruit such a distinguished and experienced expert for Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH”, commented Kübler on the commitment of Prof. Kappler who has already been distinguished for his services on behalf of the German aircraft industry on a number of occasions. He is considered to be a proven expert in the area of engine development, production and marketing. He has first-class references both as a scientist and within the industry – among other things, as a former holder of the Chair for Aircraft Drives and Director of the Institute for Air and Space Travel at the Technical University of Munich as well as managing director at BMW Rolls-Royce, development manager at Fairchild Dornier and managing director of Europrop International. [Read more…]