N-Jet and Priester Aviation, both of PWK (Exec, Chicago IL), are the latest on-demand air charter operators to participate in Alexandria VA-based Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)'s aviation safety action program (ASAP). They join Best Jets Intl of MSP (Minneapolis–St Paul MN) and Bemidji Aviation Services of BJI (Bemidji MN), the first operators to participate.
ASAPs permit the voluntary reporting of safety issues and events to management and FAA for resolution without fear of legal enforcement action or disciplinary action. Providing feedback in this way helps operators create more robust safety management systems within the framework of a "just culture."
ACSF's stated goal is to enable on-demand charter providers and fractional program managers to achieve "the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry" through promoting risk management programs, adopting a common industry audit standard, disseminating safety information and creating additional programs that advance the foundation's goals.
Amy McMullen has joined Metro Aviation as its new customer configuration coordinator. Shreveport LA-based Metro hired McMullen to streamline the company's configuration process. She will also assist customers with aircraft equipment selection and layout.
Monte Mitchell, former president of the Aircraft Electronics Assn (AEA), died on Oct 16 in Lee's Summit MO at the age of 83. Mitchell's career in aviation began in 1956 with a transponder manufacturer. By the 1970s he was vp of marketing for Bonzer, where he specialized in the sale of radar altimeters. In 1977, Mitchell joined AEA as an executive director and soon became the organization's president—a position he held from 1977–96. In 2007, he received AEA's lifetime achievement award for service to the GA industry. Two of Mitchell's 3 daughters, Paula Derks and Debra McFarland, serve AEA as president and executive vp, respectively.
Al Ueltschi, the founder of FlightSafety Intl, died at his home in Vero Beach FL on Oct 18. He was 95. Ueltschi, a native of Kentucky, began his flying career at the age of 16. After several years as a barnstormer and pilot for Queen City Flying Service, he took a job at Pan American Airways where he later became the personal pilot for Pan Am's founder, Juan Trippe. As a corporate pilot, Ueltschi was troubled by the lack of ongoing training available for business aviation pilots. So in 1951, he started FlightSafety, which grew from a single location at LGA to one of the world's leading training organizations, with more than 40 locations. In 1996, Ueltschi sold the company to Berkshire Hathaway for $1.5 billion, although he remained the company's chairman until his death. In 2001, he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Ueltschi was also chairman emeritus of the humanitarian organization ORBIS Intl, which uses a flying hospital to travel to underdeveloped countries to prevent blindness and restore eyesight.
Frank McGuire, aviation journalist, author, expert analyst and lecturer died of a stroke on Sep 12, 2012 at his home in Boulder CO. He was 80. A native of Philadelphia, McGuire earned a BA in Russian studies from Syracuse University and an MA in journalism from Columbia University. After serving in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War, he became the chief European correspondent for American Aviation Publications and later was managing editor of Air Transport World magazine. McGuire founded several publications, including Helicopter News, which won the National Investigative Journalism Award for uncovering and disclosing a major safety flaw in US helicopters that had killed an estimated 250 American servicemen and women. He was the author of Helicopters, 1948– 1998: A Contemporary History. McGuire was also a lifelong volunteer firefighter and served with the Sunshine Fire Department.
Former corporate pilot Bob Alexander passed away at his home in Kenosha WI on Aug 16 at the age of 65. Born in Longview TX, he served in the US Army from Mar 1966 until his honorable discharge as a CW4 in Aug 1986. Alexander flew helicopters in Vietnam during 1968–69, and he also served in Thailand, Turkey and Germany. During his military career he moved from helicopters to fixed-wing aircraft, and his 42-year flying career included experience with a wide variety of business jets and helicopters. He earned a bachelors degree in professional aeronautics in 1997. Alexander's first Learjet flying job was with Corporate Aircraft Services out of UGN (Waukegan IL). From there he moved to Square D Company, subsequently worked for IMC Global and briefly for Cumulus Media in Milwaukee WI before returning to UGN to head the Kemper Insurance flight department. Alexander's last flying job was out of DPA (DuPage, West Chicago IL) where he flew a Falcon 2000 for Montalbano Homes from 2004–08. He leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Pamela, their 5 children and 11 grandchildren.
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