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Business aviation trailblazer Charles “Chuck” McKinnon, who was the founder and long-time manager of IBM’s flight department, died March 30 in his hometown of Trussville, Alabama. He was 101. “Chuck McKinnon was a trailblazer for business aviation,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “The industry would not be the same without a visionary like him. He worked tirelessly to promote the many benefits and opportunities [of] business aviation, both in the U.S. and abroad.” During his career, he flew four U.S. presidents, two kings and several astronauts. NBAA presented its John P. “Jack” Doswell Award to McKinnon in 2010 in recognition of his lifelong individual achievement in support of business aviation. McKinnon was predeceased by his first wife of 66 years, Mary, in 2004; and his second wife, Janice K. Barden, founder of Aviation Personnel International. In 1954, McKinnon joined IBM to found the flight department. He flew the company’s first business aircraft, a twin-engine piston Aero Commander, which transported engineers to various sites across the country. He led the department until his retirement in 1977. Read the full article at AIN.
At the Women in Aviation 2017 conference, Aviation Personnel International (API) president and CEO Sheryl Barden offered attendees a bit of sage career advice:
“Business aviation is a small unit of any corporation. For those of you interested in not just doing the same thing every day, business aviation is for you. You are constantly upgrading—airplanes, avionics—getting to work with the best technology that goes into aircraft. The training quality is amazing, and the long-term compensation is more competitive than you might believe, as well. If you are a self-starter then you will thrive in corporate aviation’s performance-based culture.”Her opinion of a good candidate for one of her clients’ positions:
“It is tough for the flight department to hire someone who doesn’t have enough hours or the skills for the job yet. They don’t have the depth to develop the pilot. But if someone takes time say, with the regionals, and gets the jet experience, that sets them up well for the position,” she said.To read the full article, visit AIN.
Jo Damato tackles the subject of finding the right mentor in the March/April 2017 issue of WAI's Women for Aviation magazine. In the piece, API's President & CEO Sheryl Barden weighs in on how to set expectations between the mentor and mentee. Here's what to think about when finding the right mentor, according to Barden:
“When entering a mentorship program really think hard about what you want to accomplish. It’s not just about making a friend or networking contact who has more time in the industry than you do, but it’s also about shooting for something that you want to improve on and engaging somebody who can help you make it happen. A good mentor will help you hold a mirror up to your face to see where you are blocking your own success. Sometimes that is going to be very hard, but that is how you break through to the next level. Being a mentee takes strength and fortitude.”Read the full article in this PDF.
Jenny Showalter joined Aviation Personnel International as the manager of candidate services. She will serve as the key team member responsible for the API Registered Professional program, and ensure that it has a strong pool of business aviation professionals for its aviation clients.To view the article, visit the Orlando Business Journal.
Are we on the verge of a major skills shortage in the business aviation sector? In the January 2017 issue of Business Airport International magazine, API's President and CEO Sheryl Barden shares her recommendations on best practices to recruit and retain bizav professionals during a talent shortage. Download the PDF here.
Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of San Francisco-based Aviation Personnel International (API), is proud to be celebrating 45 years of her company’s history at NBAA 2016. Barden, daughter of company founder Janice Barden, presented a leadership-focused panel in the Innovation Zone on the convention floor yesterday. Read the full article at AIN Online here.
Washington, DC, Oct. 7, 2016 – The National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) much-anticipated annual Careers in Business Aviation Day will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 during the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, FL. Career Day, which is free for all registered students, faculty and chaperones, kicks off at 9 a.m., and features a number of motivational speakers and informative education sessions. Read the full NBAA press release here.