Priester Aviation has added a Citation III to its operating certificate. It is based at FRG (Farmingdale NY).

Million Air SLC (Salt Lake City UT) has added a Gulfstream G550 to its charter fleet. The company now operates 4 Gulfstreams for charter--a G150, 2 G200s and the new G550--as well as 10 other business jets.


Jet Aviation CEO Peter Edwards with a model of the Airbus A350XWB Prestige showing a cabin layout typical of the custom executive interiors Jet Aviation will be installing. Jet Aviation expects the market for VIP configured airliners to grow by 60-70% in the coming year. The display was part of Jet Aviation's exhibit at EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland in late May.



Epps Aviation at PDK (DeKalb-Peachtree, Atlanta GA) has named Will Simmons to a position in customer management and business development for the company's charter department. Simmons had previously served as a captain for Epps' charter department. He will continue to serve as a check airman on the Citation II and V and continue to pilot the Citation III.

Omniflight Helicopters, an air medical services provider based at ADS (Addison, Dallas TX) has named Ray Wall VP safety and corporate compliance. He was formerly director of quality and safety for Air Logistics.

FlightSafety Intl (FSI) has named David Davenport regional ops mgr with responsibility for the company's training centers in Daleville AL, Dallas and Fort Worth TX, Long Beach CA, West Palm Beach FL, and Lafayette LA. In addition, Davenport will continue as mgr of FSI's facility in Savannah GA.

Atlantic Aero GSO (Greensboro NC) has appointed Carl Yaddow to serve as production manager for the company's recently-expanded Kernersville manufacturing facility near Winston-Salem NC. Yaddow has nearly 30 years' experience in manufacturing machined and composite aircraft parts.

Raisbeck Engineering has named Gary Lidstone director of engineering. Lidstone will lead the company's engineering team in developing products for business and commercial aircraft, as well as government derivatives. Lidstone has worked in aerospace engineering for more than 30 years at companies including Pratt & Whitney and Boeing Garrett AirResearch (now Honeywell).

Robert Kunze, shift supervisor of aircraft maintenance at the University of North Dakota's John D Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, has been named FAA's Aviation Technician of the Year. Kunze was also named Mechanic of the Year by the North Dakota Professional Aviation Mechanics Assn. Kunze joined UND in 2000 as a line mechanic after a 24-year career with the USAF.

Last flight

Film director and actor Sydney Pollack, a pilot and long-time friend and user of business aviation, died on May 26 at his home in Pacific Palisades CA, near Los Angeles. He was 73. Most of the world knew Pollack for his silver screen achievements. Pollack was nominated for 6 Oscars in his career, and won 2 of them--for directing and producing Out of Africa in 1985. He was also nominated for directing Tootsie, which was perhaps his most acclaimed and commercially successful work.

At Clay Lacy Aviation VNY (Van Nuys CA), however, where Pollack based his airplanes, he was known as a competent and highly professional aviator. Over the past 16 years Pollack owned and operated 5 different aircraft-a Learjet 25, 35, 55C, 60 and, finally, a Citation X. Pollack was type rated in all the aircraft except the Learjet 60. Ed Connolly, who flew with Pollack on all 5 aircraft, first met him 47 years ago when Pollack began taking flight instruction.

Connolly ran a flight school at VNY and later gave Pollack multiengine and instrument training. The pair then went their separate ways-Connolly to a career with TWA, Pollack to the movies and acting. Connolly took early retirement from TWA just as Pollack was acquiring his first Learjet. The two began flying together again-a relationship that would span 5 airplanes and the next 16 years. When Pollack and Connolly flew together, Pollack was almost invariably in the left seat-a role Connolly says Pollack filled with a blend of competence and grace.

Pollack was committed to aviation excellence and worked hard to achieve it. He also loved the precision of ATC radio communication. "He saw it as a unit language," Connolly says. "Every word has a precise meaning. Nothing is extra, nothing is wasted. He thought that was beautiful and he made a point of always making his own radio calls very precise."


Jul 14-20: Farnborough Intl Airshow, Farnborough, England. Farnborough Intl, 440125-253-2800 or visit

Jul 16-19: ALEA (Airborne Law Enforcement Assn) Conference & Exhibition, Houston TX. ALEA, 301-631-2406 or visit

Jul 28-Aug 3: EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture 2008, Oshkosh WI. EAA, 920-426-4800 or visit

Aug 13-14: Chevron Product Integrity Training (quality control procedures, fire awareness and hazmat handling), Atlanta GA. Chevron, 866-557-3456 or e-mail cgasupport

Aug 14-16: Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE 2008), Sao Paulo SP, Brazil. ABAG, 55115-032-2727 or visit

Aug 27-28: Chevron Customer Service Training Workshop, Tallahassee FL. Chevron, 866-557-3456 or e-mail

Sep 10: NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum, Bedford MA. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit www.

Sep 10-11: Chevron Product Integrity Training (quality control procedures, fire awareness and hazmat handling), Pittsburgh PA. Chevron, 866-557-3456 or e-mail cgasupport

Oct 6-8: NBAA 61st Annual Meeting & Convention, Orlando FL. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit www.

Oct 7-9: UND Aerospace Advanced Aircraft Accident Investigation Course, Grand Forks ND. University of North Dakota Aerospace, 701-777-4740 or visit

Oct 20-23: 2008 Safety Standdown (hosted by Bombardier, NBAA, FAA & NTSB), Kansas City MO. Bombardier, 316-946-7876 or visit

Oct 20-28: AAMS (Assn of Air Medical Services) Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC08), Minneapolis MN. AAMS, 703-836-8732 or visit


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