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DEPARTED DO NOT GO QUIETLY
It's been anything but a dull month at the National Business Aviation
Association (NBAA). As
AVweb reported in the last edition of Business AVflash ,
President and CEO Shelley Longmuir departed her position on April 1
after only nine months on the job. The association's press release about
Longmuir was accompanied by news that two longtime staffers, Bob Blouin
and Cassandra Bosco, would remain at the association, despite their
announced resignations. That same April 1 press release also announced
the departure of Bob Warren, executive vice president and COO, who was
hired by Longmuir, and the appointment of NBAA Chairman Donald E.
Baldwin as interim president and CEO. A search committee, headed by NBAA
Vice Chairman Ken Emerick, was formed to begin work on identifying a new
president and CEO. All of which seemed to be the end of the beginning
for the NBAA's transition to a new president. Indeed, it all seemed to
be over except for the shouting. What no one knew at the time was how
long the shouting would continue.
The shouting began in the form of an April 15 letter from Warren to the
NBAA's members in which he described the association's board of
directors' decision to terminate Longmuir's employment -- which he said
began with a mandate to be a "change agent" -- as a return to "business
as usual" and "foreclosing NBAA from advancing a meaningful political
agenda." In addition to describing the NBAA's keystone aviation security
policy initiative -- the Transportation Security Administration Access
Certificate, or TSAAC -- as "limited" and "inadequate," Warren went on
to raise a series of what he called "troubling management issues,"
including "imprudent financial management, inappropriate staff travel
[and] ... excess staff and Board expenditures," among other criticisms.
His letter to the NBAA's members concluded by saying that the
association's board of directors "went the wrong way in causing someone
with [Longmuir's] credentials to leave. They need to hear from you loud
and clear to get back on the right course." Perhaps in response to
Warrens challenge -- perhaps in helping to ensure that the lines
of communication between the organization and its members remained open
-- the NBAA has established a Web page dedicated to obtaining from its members
suggestions on its next president. More...
While that was apparently all Warren had to add -- at least until we
check e-mail again -- the NBAA had yet to formally respond. That changed
on April 16, when association Chairman Don Baldwin wrote a letter to the
membership. It changed again two days later when former NBAA President
Jack Olcott wrote his own letter. Baldwins letter started out, in
part, by noting that, "Until now, the Board had tried to remain generous
in its comments regarding the separation. However, we must now set the
record straight." The Baldwin letter went on to say that Warrens
"version of events contains wholesale misrepresentations of role, fact
and emphasis." Specifically, according to Baldwin, "Ms. Longmuir and Mr.
Warren failed to follow through on a whole host of issues they raised,
despite receiving the Board's complete approval and repeated urging to
implement approved changes over many months." Perhaps in response to
Warrens charges -- perhaps by coincidence -- Baldwins letter
also announced the hiring of a new director of security and said that
the NBAA had "instituted improvements in our financial controls,
including changing investment counsel." More...
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GOT A FORK?
Since the April 18 Olcott letter, things have been much quieter on the
NBAA front. Although the past few weeks events have clearly put a
strain on things, no new eruptions have been noticed, either at the NBAA
or from among its recent departures. One can almost hear the sigh of
relief -- kind of like a King Air winding down at the end of a long day
-- from among business aviations faithful that this latest chapter
of the NBAAs history seems to be behind it. Sticking the fork in
this episode -- especially when its trying to find a new president
-- probably cant come too soon for the associations board,
staff and members. In the meantime, the NBAA maintains its search for a
new president and continues to solicit ideas, names and other input from
its members. The content of that input -- as well as its quality and
quantity -- remain internal to the association: Ken Emerick, the board
member responsible for collecting it, was not available when
AVweb spoke with NBAA staff earlier in the week. Not
surprisingly, there are no new rumors on whom the NBAAs next
leader will be. More...
ALLIES WITH CAMP SYSTEMS
Meanwhile, the rest of the industry went about its business. Bombardier
hooked up with CAMP Systems in a move designed to allow CAMP to assume
responsibility for providing maintenance-tracking services for
Bombardier business jets. CAMP will provide service for more than 700
Bombardier business aircraft currently enrolled in Bombardiers
in-house Computer Integrated Maintenance Management System (CIMMS); the
company will retain Bombardier teams of CIMMS specialists in Wichita and
Montréal, and will offer extensive training seminars at locations
worldwide to help familiarize customers and operators with its
maintenance-tracking systems. More...
DELIVERS FIRST CHALLENGER 300 INTO CORPORATE SERVICE
Its not the first of its type to enter service, but its the
first to go to a private operator. "It" is a new Bombardier Challenger
300 bizjet, delivered to Dean Phillips Inc. on April 15, and is the
fifth Challenger 300 to enter into service to date. The first four
examples have been operating since January with Bombardiers
Flexjet fractional ownership program. Powered by two new Honeywell
HTF7000 high-bypass turbofan engines, the Bombardier Challenger 300
delivers a top speed of Mach 0.82 and a maximum nonstop range of 3,100
nm, enabling eight passengers to cross the United States in just five
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Theyre perhaps not the traditional business aircraft operation
but, these days, anyone who hangs out around aircraft is suspect. "They"
are crop-dusters -- er, aerial applicators, or agricultural operators --
and, according to an article in The Wichita Eagle, have been subject to
new scrutiny by the FBI in recent months. The newspaper reports that
more than 3,000 people involved in agricultural operations have been
questioned by the feds as a result of lingering worries that the slow
and lumbering but specialized aircraft could be used to launch some kind
of terrorist attack. More...
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What goes down, can come up, according to Cessna. Earlier this year, the
manufacturer revised its sales projection downward after fractional
operator NetJets aborted a large order for the companys Citations.
Now, however, Cessna says new orders it has received so far in 2004 will
allow it to recoup those losses, and then some. Instead of 165 to 170
new jets, the company expects to deliver 170 to 175 during the year.
And, in 2005, Cessna plans to ship some 200 Citations. By comparison,
Cessna delivered 197 jets in 2003. More...
WATCH: ALPHABET SOUP PLANS MEETING WITH AGENCY
David M. Stone, the TSA's acting administrator, plans to meet May 7 with
the General Aviation Coalition (GAC), a loosely defined collection of
all the GA trade associations from the largest to the smallest. The
meeting, the latest in a series of ongoing dialogues between the agency
and the "problem child" GA community, probably won't generate much in
the way of earthshaking developments, however. Likely items on the
agenda include the upcoming presidential campaign season and associated
airspace restrictions, the status of the TSA's efforts to develop a plan
leading to reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to
non-scheduled operations and continuing efforts to scale back the
Washington Air Defense Identification Zone. More...
...the next issue of AVweb's BizAVflash will be e-mailed to you
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...the next issue of AVweb's BizAVflash will be e-mailed to you
on April 28. More...
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