American Airlines Group Names Robert Isom as President

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Isom.jpg American Airlines Group Inc. today announced that Chief Operating Officer Robert Isom will become president, effective immediately. In his new role, Isom, 52, will report to Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, 54.

“Robert is a world-class executive, and extremely well-qualified to assume the role of president,” said Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “He has played an important role in the success American has become, including leading our operational integration and building an outstanding team. Robert is an engaging leader with a talent for growing and inspiring the colleagues around him. As president of American Airlines, Robert will do great things for our team members, our customers and our shareholders.”

Isom began his airline career at Northwest Airlines in 1991. He joined US Airways as chief operating officer in 2007 and led the turnaround of US Airways’ operating performance and reliability. He was selected to become chief operating officer of American Airlines in 2013 after the merger of American and US Airways. As president, Isom will continue to oversee the airline’s operation and assume all revenue responsibilities for the airline.

JSSI Index: Business Aviation Enters "New Normal" In 2016

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Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the world’s leading provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry, has released its Q2 2016 Business Aviation Index, which tracks flight hours for business aircraft by region, industry and cabin type, providing powerful insights into the state of global economic conditions. With a slight increase in travel, the index affirms a “new normal” of modest but prudent business aviation travel.

According to JSSI’s Index, global flight hours during Q2 of 2016 showed growth of 4% over the previous quarter. This follows the cyclical trend of higher flight hours in the second quarter of a given year. While there was QoQ growth, there was also a 1.2% decline in flight hours YoY, compared to Q2 of 2015, which coincides with a trend JSSI has seen in past presidential election years of a “holding pattern” by corporations waiting to see the result of the elections. However, this is also consistent with the “new normal” for flight hours which is seen in the chart below for overall flight activity YoY. After the peak year in 2008 and subsequent plunge in 2009, there has been a relatively stable period overall from 2012 through 2016.

Virginia Governor Proclaims August Aviation Month

Governor Terence R. McAuliffe has issued a proclamation officially recognizing August 2016 as Virginia Aviation Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Certificate of Recognition for Virginia Aviation Month was presented at the opening of the Virginia Aviation Board Meeting held on Friday, August 19th during the annual Virginia Aviation Conference. This was appropriate as August 19th (Orville Wright’s birthday) is recognized as National Aviation Day in the United States.
It reads as follows:

VIRGINIA AVIATION MONTH

WHEREAS, aviation plays a critical role in Virginia transportation, employment, and economic
development; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is home to 66 public-use airports, nine of which offer airline service to destinations
across the country and around the world, and 57 are general aviation facilities operating within the
Commonwealth; and

Gogo Business Aviation Now Enabling Open Router Environment

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Gogo Business Aviation has embarked on an initiative to enable operators, dealers and installers to equip their aircraft with approved routers from third-party manufacturers that best suit their individual needs and preferences on the Gogo Biz network. The move is part of a larger initiative to provide a more open ecosystem, enabling a wider array of router options for customers to choose from.

“Gogo is at the forefront of the aircraft connectivity space, and with many aircraft-approved routers now available in the marketplace, we have created a process to offer our customers additional options – giving them the power to select a router that meets their specific needs,” said Sergio Aguirre, senior vice president of product management and business development for Gogo. “By opening the router to other providers, we’ve streamlined the ability for our customers to leverage Gogo’s world-class network and interoperate with our solutions for the best possible experience.”

Applying for a Waiver under the New Drone Rules

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The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new small drone rule effective August 29 – formally known as Part 107 – allows for some expanded operations based on technology mitigations if you can make the safety case for a waiver of some provisions. Operators can apply for waivers to operate at night, beyond line of sight, above 400 feet and other specific types of operation.

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