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  • 05 Jul 2019 8:41 PM | Anonymous

    When your day-to-day responsibilities touch on every aspect of business aviation, it’s critical to have a broad perspective of the industry.

    Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Scott Ashton knows firsthand about the wide range of decisions aviation executives must make. For Ashton, president and CEO of Corporate Service Supply and Manufacturing, earning his CAM certification has proved an asset in confronting the diverse array of challenges arriving at his desk each day.

    “The CAM exam forces you take a comprehensive look at business aviation in its totality,” said Ashton. “As you evolve as a leader, having more familiarity with areas sometimes outside of your comfort zone is extremely valuable.”

    A 25-year aviation veteran whose robust resume includes leadership experience in leasing, aircraft management and air charter services, Ashton knows the benefits of seeing a broad cross section of the industry. He points to the rigor and depth of the CAM curriculum as a key value point for industry leaders seeking to enhance their expertise.

    “As you move up in your career, you need a broader perspective in terms of the market, management, personnel, dealing with state and regulatory agencies,” he said. “CAM helps prepare you to, if not always be an expert, know enough to ask the right questions of experts in those areas, which as a leader is extremely important.”

    Ashton has also found significant value in the reputation benefits CAM certification can offer within the business aviation world.

    “Part of the value of any accreditation is the credibility it gives you with the people whom you do business with,” he noted. “The CAM credential instantly signals that you have credibility as a leader in the industry.”

    Learn more about the Certified Aviation Manager program.

  • 27 Jun 2019 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    Washington, DC, June 21, 2019 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded Bob Quinn, the association’s Central regional representative, who will retire June 30, after 13 years of service on behalf of NBAA members in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

    Since joining NBAA in 2006, Quinn has been a tireless advocate for the interests of business aviation in the Midwest. His significant communication talents and extensive knowledge of the business aviation industry have made him a highly credible and knowledgeable advocate for aviation at state legislatures, regulatory agencies, airport organizations and more.

    “Bob’s networking skills have been highly effective in bringing a variety of interests together and in facilitating successful programs and partnerships,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His strong operational background and understanding of airspace and airport issues have greatly benefited business aviation operators in the Central region.”

    Bolen noted that Quinn’s input for airspace redesign efforts – including RNAV arrivals and departures – in the St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit metropolitan areas was instrumental to their successful implementation.

    “Bob has ably represented a large region of the country, and his knowledge and advocacy for business aviation will be missed,” said Steve Hadley, NBAA regional programs senior director and Southwest regional representative. “We wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life.”

    Quinn is a past president and 30-year member of the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA), considered to be the second-oldest regional business aviation group in the nation.

    After graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial administration, Quinn began his aviation career as a design engineer with McDonnell Douglas, later working for the Trane Company and Emerson Electric in engineering and marketing positions.

    Over his more than 50-year aviation career, he has accumulated almost 17,000 hours with eight type ratings on his ATP, plus an A&P and Inspection Authorization, and has 25 years of experience as a business aircraft pilot.

    Prior to joining NBAA, Quinn was a Gulfstream captain with TAG Aviation, and has flown an array of Gulfstreams from the G-2 thru the G-550, operating them in every continent except Antarctica. He is still flying his Christen Eagle II biplane, which is based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport.

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    Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and professionals and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

  • 19 Jun 2019 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    (Van Nuys, CA) Van Nuys Airport Manager, Flora Margheritis, received the 2018 National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Airport Executive Partnership Award given annually to recognize an airport manager for his or her outstanding efforts in fostering relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators.


    NATA, a public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses, selected Margheritis for her leadership in developing and maintaining a partnership between airport operators and airport tenants. Christian Moreno, Van Nuys Airport’s (VNY) Chief of Airport Operations, received the award on Margheritis’ behalf at the NATA 2019 Aviation Business Conference in Washington D.C. on June 17

    The President of the Van Nuys Aviation Association, Curt Castagna, was also named the new NATA Chair. Castagna is the President and CEO of Aeroplex/Aerolease group with locations at both Van Nuys and Long Beach Airports.  

    “Van Nuys Airport is leading the way on environmental sustainability, safety and innovation, and Flora Margheritis has helped make this happen by building strong relationships with our tenants and contractors,” said Deborah Flint, CEO, LAWA. “Operating a general aviation airport is a team sport, and thanks to the partnerships that Flora and Curt have helped foster, we have successfully undertaken a $26 million taxiway improvement project, installed more solar panels than any general aviation airport in the state and ensured that the businesses operating at VNY are certified through the L.A. Green Business Program. My congratulations to Flora, Curt and the entire Van Nuys Airport team for this well-deserved recognition.”

    Margheritis has served as airport manager at VNY, one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, since July 2016. Her aviation career spans over 34 years, with 28 years at LAWA.

    “I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Los Angeles World Airports and our Van Nuys Airport team, as it recognizes the work we do every day to balance the needs of our tenants, businesses and local community,” said VNY Airport Manager, Flora Margheritis. “Creating strong partnerships is critical to any airport operation, especially at one of the busiest general aviation airports in the world, and I am grateful to National Air Transportation Association for their recognition of our efforts. Congratulations to Curt Castagna for his selection as NATA Chair, which is further evidence of VNY's national leadership status.”

    Margheritis earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. She is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives and an active member of Women in Aviation International. Additionally, she also holds a private pilot license certificate and is the proud owner of a Vans RV-8 Experimental Aircraft.

    About Van Nuys Airport: 
    VNY is one of two airports owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a self-supporting branch of the City of Los Angeles, governed by a seven-member Board of Airport Commissioners who are appointed by the mayor and approved by the Los Angeles City Council. One of the world's busiest general aviation airports, VNY serves as a valued San Fernando Valley resource, providing ongoing leadership in general aviation, business and community service. Dedicated to non-commercial air travel, VNY had over 260,000 operations in 2018. More than 200 businesses are located on the 730-acre airport, including four major fixed-base operators and numerous aviation service companies. Annually, the airport contributes approximately $2 billion to the Southern California economy and supports over 10,000 jobs. 

    As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.

  • 10 Jan 2019 4:43 PM | Anonymous
    Sheltair AVIATION ANNOUNCES Craig Foster as General Manager of their new fbo at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC)

    Broomfield, CO (January 7, 2018) – Sheltair, one of the nation’s leading aviation services companies, announced Craig Foster as its new General Manager for their full service FBO and hangar complex at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport(KBJC).  Mr. Foster will be responsible for Sheltair’s first corporate presence west of the Mississippi, underscoring the company’s strategic decision to meet the needs of a growing and dynamic general aviation community in that part of the country.


    “Sheltair is highly regarded in the East and I’m honored and excited to be a part of extending Sheltair’s reputation for service into the Western United States,” said Foster.  “The Denver area is growing rapidly and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport is a great location for us to launch our commitment to this market.” 


    Foster joins the Sheltair team with more than twenty years of FBO management experience, playing crucial roles in FBO startups, negotiating airport leases, new facility development, and charter and maintenance operations.  


    An experienced professional


    He began his career with a start up FBO at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA (KSNA) before moving to a management position.  After it was acquired in 2005, Foster was named Regional Director overseeing Orange County and Palms Springs FBOs for Atlantic Aviation.  Prior to joining Sheltair Aviation, he was the President of Jet Source (KCRQ). 


    Foster holds his private pilot’s license along with an instrument rating.   He also served as the recent past President of the Southern California Aviation Association.  Foster holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Walla Walla University in Washington State.  He currently resides in Denver, CO.



    About Sheltair

    Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates award winning FBOs and manages almost four million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia, New York and Colorado.  Sheltair services include fueling, VIP handling, ground handling, crew and passenger amenities, hangar and office leasing, and turnkey design and build of aviation properties.  Sheltair is currently engaged in a series of new hangar construction projects designed to meet the 21st-Century demands of business aviation and the new generation of aircraft.  For more information about our FBOs and development projects, visit


  • 01 Oct 2018 2:26 PM | Anonymous

    FAA Reauthorization is a hot topic at this time, and the bill prepared has two great features that allow NBAA to offer it strong support. One great aspect is its 5 year duration, giving us a period of time that we can enjoy relief from many ongoing budgetary challenges. The other, greater feature is actually something that the bill does not have, which is ATC privatization. We - all of us in business aviation - have stood up together to make sure that privatizing air traffic control would not move forward, ensuring that access and representation of our sector remains unharmed. Thank you all, and I hope you all feel a sense of pride in that accomplishment.

    Santa Monica Airport is an ongoing battle of which we remain dedicated to a front line role. The reality is that the airport is not scheduled to close as many say, but only that its federal obligations end in 2028; there are no firm plans to close the airfield at this time. NBAA will remain actively involved to represent the aviation community in hopes of allowing Santa Monica Airport to serve their great city with the economic and public safety contributions that it delivers.

    Workforce challenges remain the biggest obstacle facing our industry today. All roles in aviation are aching for more personnel in the roles of pilots, mechanics, instructors, operations/dispatch and more. NBAA has developed great initiatives with scholarships, mentorships and internships that will empower those who are either already stepping into aviation but could still use some coaxing into the corporate/business sector, or to inspire others from outside of the industry as we aim to widen the pipeline of entrants. Specifically in the Western Region, the forming of regular events to interact with young people of all ages, in addition to veteran outreach, are actively under construction or underway.

    Though we can facilitate these forward steps, none of it can be done without everyone’s help. We need all hands on deck, offering a variety of resources to build up local inventory of scholarships, mentorships and internships so that the young people that in our schools today can be on your aircraft and in your airports, and offices tomorrow. 

    To learn more, volunteer on workforce initiatives, or for any assistance as an NBAA member, please email Phil Derner at

  • 12 Mar 2018 9:59 AM | Anonymous
    March 9, 2018, Pasadena, Ca. & Richmond, Va.:  Today, two motivated nonprofits who share a distance apart of more than 2,000 miles, east to west coast, launched a joint scholarship effort to bring attention to the gender gap and lack of diverse talent in aviation, specifically pilots. You could call this a healthy ‘scholarship showdown!’

    Through a creative joint effort, east coast’s Liftoff Learning and west coast’s I Hart Flying Foundation team up to offer flight scholarships over a 6-week themed ‘scholarship showdown’ social media campaign. With the lack of qualified pilots looming over the aviation industry, both organizations, founded on the mission to advance youth in aviation and flight training, refused to sit by and not act. Liftoff Learning and I Hart Flying realized breaking down silos and working together is one of many ways to partner and grow talent of diverse aviation and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals.

    “I was given the gift of flight in 2010 which steered my passion for aviation,” shared Rachelle, founder of I Hart Flying, based near Pasadena, Ca. I Hart Flying - especially given March is Women’s History Month and having celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 – aims to offer more access to young women who wish to fly, have the dream of becoming a pilot, yet resources are limited. Rachelle is an accomplished aviator who currently holds a commercial single-pilot jet type rating, having flown general aviation, corporate and military aircraft, warbirds, and rotorcraft. With philanthropy at her core, “Now I have a chance to pay it forward for more young women to explore the joy of flying with fellow partners, donors and aviation enthusiasts joining our efforts!” Rachelle already completed outreach events and secured several key partners across the industry such as the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA), Bose Corporation, JetAviva, Base Turn and Aviation Life clothing.

    “We are excited at the opportunity to bring the gift of flight to young people who may otherwise find pursuing a pilot's license an unattainable goal,” expressed Liftoff Learning’s founders. “Through this scholarship, we hope to inspire a diverse group of aspiring aviators to follow their passion.  By documenting and sharing the journey to becoming a certificated Private Pilot we hope to help more than just this year's scholarship winner gain their wings.” This growing organization, based near Richmond, Va., uses mixed-media, interactive, hands-on personalized experiences to attract youth into STEM and aviation programs.

    Today marks the official launch date for these two high-energy aviation organizations to excite youth, provide financial opportunities for young people through scholarships, allowing them to realize their dream of flight. Each organization have set scholarship criteria and application details, made available on their websites. It’s expected final recipients will be selected in April or May 2018, with flight training to follow shortly after the scholars are announced publically.


    I Hart Flying Outreach: Video of I Hart Flying Outreach

    I Hart Flying Media Photos

    What is Liftoff Learning: Liftoff Learning Overview Video

    Liftoff Learning Media Photos

    Social Media Handles, I Hart Flying

    Facebook: I Hart Flying Foundation

    Twitter: ihartflying

    Instagram: iHartFlying


    Social Media Handles, Liftoff Learning


    Twitter: LiftoffLearning

    Instagram: LiftoffLearning


    Media Contact:

    Lyndse Costabile, Media/PR Liaison,, 904-860-1886


    About I Hart Flying Foundation:

    I Hart Flying is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded by Rachelle - a talented pilot, fascinating speaker, social media personality and entrepreneur who excels at delivering impact, inspiration and influence for current and future female pilots. I Hart Flying’s mission is to assist young women in achieving their aviation goals through the awarding of flight training scholarships. They believe that helping young women achieve their pilot's license will provide a positive way to increase the number of women aviators. Partnered with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), I Hart Flying’s goal is to provide five $5,000 flight scholarships annually to young women.


    For more information about I Hart Flying, visit


    About Liftoff Learning:

    Liftoff Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides students, educators, and local communities with the tools and resources to pursue STEM careers through mentorship and educational enrichment programs in the foundational concepts of aviation. Through a mixed-media approach to teaching, each student can learn according to their own strengths and personal objectives, this creates a personalized experience for every student.


    For more information about Liftoff Learning, visit


  • 06 Feb 2018 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    In September, Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Pegasus Elite Aviation, Van Nuys Airport Association and Operation Gratitude held an airport-wide relief drive to benefit victims of hurricane-affected areas in Florida, which saw a generous outpouring of donations from the community.

    The collection drive, which ran from September 26 to October 9, received items desperately needed by the communities in hard-hit areas. More than 8,000 items were collected for Foundation 37, a non-profit group out of Port Orange, Florida, which worked to identify the needs of the affected areas. Donations covered a wide variety of essential items, water, and more than 1,000 articles of clothing. Drop-off locations were stationed throughout the airport, including Aeroplex/Aerolease Group, The Park VNY, Signature Flight Support and VNY Administration.

    On October 24, the donations were loaded onto an aircraft donated by Pegasus Elite Aviation and flown to Daytona Beach International Airport, where Foundation 37 coordinated receipt and transport to communities surrounding Port Orange and areas within the Florida Keys.

    “Private Aviation is the fastest way to deliver much needed supplies across country for impacted areas,” said Curt Castagna, President of the Van Nuys Airport Association. “The aircraft is traveling over 2,000 miles in less than four hours, so Foundation 37 will have these items in their hands by morning.”

    “When tragedy strikes, we know that our airport community will step up and help out, and that is just what they did for this recent donation drive to help those impacted by the Florida hurricanes,” said Diana Sanchez, Van Nuys Airport Public & Community Relations Director. “Van Nuys Airport, Pegasus Elite Aviation, Van Nuys Airport Association, and Operation Gratitude have each given back in their own unique way, drawing from their resources and engaging their people to make this drive a success. We are so thankful to all who donated to help those in need.”

  • 06 Feb 2018 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    The Aeroplex/Aerolease Group has become the first VNY tenant to be certified in the City of Los Angeles Green Business Program, which provides free assistance to help and encourage L.A. businesses to become more efficient and sustainable.

    Among several sustainability measures that Aerolease has implemented – including a recycling program and the efficient use and reduction of water consumption – they have become the first business to install a solar power system. With 4,000 roof-mounted solar panels, this new solar electric system will generate approximately 2.5 million kilowatts of electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 4 million pounds annually. These green measures, in combination with others around the airport, seek to drive responsible environmental stewardship and promote a sustainable business.

    The Green Business Certification Program involves meeting program standards for resource conservancy, minimizing waste and mitigating pollution, in conjunction with environmental law and regulation compliance. The program incentivizes environmental best practices, and each certified business receives a City of Los Angeles Green Business Certificate, listings in promotional partners’ websites, green resource guides and more. For more information on going green with the City of L.A., visit

  • 24 Jan 2018 11:05 AM | Anonymous
    National Business Aviation Association Western Region Update


    Shortening of the Santa Monica Airport runway was completed in December. The airport is fully operational with 3,500 ft of runway available for landing and takeoff. Other changes include updated taxiway lights and markings, and new designated turn-offs and taxiways for access to and from the ramps.



    In this thriving economy, demand for highly skilled professional aviation personnel is especially great, leaving our sector of the industry vulnerable to workforce shortages. NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Committee (BAMC) conducted surveys, consulted with member companies, and is working closely with the Domestic Operations Committee and Young Professionals (YoPro) Council to identify and create solutions. A mentoring program to match prospective mentors and mentees is underway; and staff is reviewing NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Guide to edit and enhance sections addressing workforce development. SCAA’s leadership in the area of scholarship and mentoring is appreciated. See the January/February issue of Business Aviation Insider magazine for more information about how to keep valued employees and expand your company’s talent base



    In recent months, residents surrounding San Carlos Airport (SQL) lobbied San Mateo County supervisors to reduce noise and overflights at SQL. In response, NBAA, local pilots and Surf Air who provides subscribers with multiple daily flights into SQL collaborated with FAA Air Traffic Services to approve the Bay Area Visual Approach. Currently, the approach is available only to authorized users, but could be published and ready for general use later this year. The new approach reduces the impacts of overflights in many of the most sensitive areas near of the County.



    The Association of California Airports recently surveyed airports around the state to determine how general aviation airports were used to conduct fire-fighting and emergency relief activities during the recent wildfires and flooding. Survey results will help CalTrans officials and State Legislators understand the value of community airports for both the quality of life and positive economic impact they provide to local citizens during Aviation and Aerospace Days at the Capitol in Sacramento, March 12-14, 2018.



    This is an important reminder that despite the 2018 year-end retirement announced by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Shuster, privatization of the national airspace still tops the list of legacy legislation Shuster hopes to pass in 2018. We thank SCAA members for all you have done to defeat this industry threat. Your calls and written messages helped keep HR2997 from getting to the House floor for a vote in 2017. Please, keep communicating with congress!  Especially to conservative members.  Even if you called in the past, keep this number handy and remember to contact Congress at 833-GA-VOICE.

    Stacy Howard, NBAA Western Regional Representative

  • 12 Jan 2018 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    Peter Drinkwater retired December 31st from the County of San Diego as our Airports Director and the County has hired a third Operations Coordinator for Palomar Airport and his name is Haval Bedihi.

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