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David Rimmer

David Rimmer
Fast Five: Questions for David Rimmer
JFI has grabbed attention for flights into Cuba. An important market?
Tragic Lessons 

I WAS ONE OF SEVEN PEOPLE on the aircraft when we had a midair over the Amazon. I am grateful we survived. It was really a matter of less than an inch that was the difference between our surviving or perishing. And it was a matter of several feet that was the difference between the lives of the people on the airliner being spared. Sadly, that didn't happen.

All-Seeing SAM, Honeywell's Crack Detective 

Beauty may prove to be only skin deep once Honeywell's SAM is unleashed on your favorite business jet.

SAM -- that's Structural Anomaly Mapping -- can see through the gloss to flaws within, discovering cracks and corrosion in metal and debonding and delamination in composites, flaws that quietly lurk in wait of a structural failure.

SAM is, in effect, the first CAT scan for business jets. Its robotic sensors can inspect and diagnose an airplane overnight, without taking it out of regular service.

B/CA Fast Five 

Randall Greene

President&CEO, Safe Flight Instrument Corp.

Founded by Leonard Greene in 1946, Safe Flight produced the first stall-warning system and went on to introduce a series of revolutionary systems including the angle-of-attack indicator, stick shakers, wind-shear alert and autothrottles. Son Randy, a veteran aviation executive and 6,000-hour ATP, was asked to head the company after his brother, Donald, the COO, was killed on 9/11 in the crash of UAL Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

2001: A Safe Year for Business Flying 

Certainly numbers can be gray -- no one other than a statistician really wants to spend much time with statistics -- but numbers can be a useful tool in safety management. They can tell us how we're doing and where we must focus in our training programs and procedures development processes.

B/CA Fast Five 

Lawrence B. Smith

Attorney, Tucson, Ariz.

As the son of Harold D. Smith, Franklin Roosevelt's top budget director, Smith is a beneficiary of the modern federal bureaucracy. During a brief stint as an FAA attorney, he became dismayed by the agency's heavy-handed enforcement methods and determined that the FAA had no right to take such action. He's waged a quixotic fight against the system ever since.

1 What's the key issue?

Schuster: Raytheon ``Not Being Shopped'' 

Despite cumulative losses expected to approach $1 billion, Raytheon Aircraft believes a combination of layoffs, new model deliveries, production efficiencies and a customer-first focus will help it return to profitability.

Joel Russell - Manager, Westchester County Airport, N.Y. 

1 - The airport is located some 20 miles up the Hudson from Manhattan. What immediate effect did the 9/11 attacks have on activity here?

Russell: Right after the first tower was struck, someone from the media called our operations people and said, "How dare you let an airplane leave your airport and crash into the Trade Center." We thought it was one of ours. That call made a difference. The reaction here was one of shock and utter resolve.

B/CA Fast Five 

Greg Evans

President and CEO Universal Weather&Aviation, Inc.

A Universal employee since 1979, Evans has worked in marketing, sales and flight operations. He helped the company expand in Europe, Russia, the CIS and the Far East, and is overseeing its push into electronic delivery of information to customers and vendors. A prominent business aviation flight service provider, Universal was founded in 1959 by Evans' father, Tom, a Houston meteorologist.

David Groen 

A 7,000-hour helicopter pilot with extensive combat and commercial experience, Groen co-founded GBA with his brother, Jay, in 1986 with the goal of bringing to market a modern gyroplane -- an aircraft supported by a freewheeling rotor and propelled by a pusher propeller. They believe its $158-per-flight-hour cost and $750,000 purchase price will help their Rolls-Royce-powered Hawk 4, now in flight test, revolutionize the rotary wing industry.

1 The gyroplane virtually disappeared 60 years ago for want of a market. What makes it a good idea now?

B/CA Fast Five 

George A. Saling

Vice President, Aviation&Travel Services,

Philip Morris Management Corp.

After flying U.S. Army O-1 Bird Dogs in Vietnam, Saling joined Tenneco as a management trainee and soon was assigned to the flight department as a pilot/manager. He later worked at GTE and FlightSafety, and in 1991 joined Philip Morris, overseeing its eight aircraft operation. An NBAA board member since 1994, he was elected chairman in December 2001.

1 You're the NBAA's big boss now. What do you see as the association's priorities?

Midway Plans Service Resumption 

Midway Airlines, which abruptly terminated all service on September 12, 2001, is using $10.1 million in federal aid to help it resume service.

Citing the ``calamitous drop in air traffic,'' a soft economy, low-fare competition and rising fuel prices, the North Carolina carrier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in mid-August. Midway slashed 700 employees, eliminated flights to nine cities, reduced frequencies to its 19 remaining destinations and grounded half its fleet.

New `Super Jets' Detailed 

Photograph: John Rosanvallon The new French entry in the transatlantic ``super jet'' derby has been christened. Gone for good is FNX, the temporary moniker Dassault assigned to its new top-of-the-line business jet. Henceforth, business aviation's first fly-by-wire aircraft will be known as the Dassault Falcon Jet 7X.

B/CA Fast Five 

Photograph: John J. Goglia Member, NTSB The first working A&P mechanic to serve on the NTSB, Goglia has more than four decades of aviation experience, from piloting his own J-3 Cub, to overseeing maintenance for USAir. He received the Aviation Mechanic of the Year Award in 1994 and the following year was named to the Safety Board. He is respected for his knowledge, professionalism and honest talk. 1 Do you think aviation technicians should receive recurrent training? Goglia: It should be mandatory. You need it to keep pace with what's going on.

Q400 Receives LCY Nod 
Bombardier's Q400 has received approval to serve London City Airport.

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