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  • Tuesday, September 06, 2011 12:49 AM | Deleted user

    We are excited to invite our members and their Human Resource and Recruiting partners to the PNBAA Fall general meeting and luncheon to be held on November 10th at the Museum of Flight from 11:00 to 1:00.  You will not want to miss Sheryl Barden of Aviation Personnel International and Craig Foster of Jet Professionals discuss critical staffing issues that often strain the relationship between the HR department and the flight department.  Is your flight department or company aware of the current pitfalls for using contract, part-time and temporary employees in the flight department? Learn more about the current exposure, safety, risk management and liability associated with the “elastic workforce.” Sheryl, Craig and attorney Katheryn Bradley of Lane Powell will help you put your newfound knowledge to work by hosting a question and answer session following the presentation.

    Sheryl Barden is the President & CEO of Aviation Personnel International and a voice for the people behind the planes.  She is a leading authority on HR issues for flight departments and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Based in San Francisco, she’s an active member of the National Business Aviation Association, Flight Safety Foundation, Women in Corporate Aviation, The Society of Human Resource Management and the International Women’s Forum. She earned an MBA from the Masagung School of Business at the University of San Francisco and a B.S. in Management with an emphasis in Personnel Management from Pennsylvania State University.

    Craig Foster has served as a Regional and National Sales Director at Jet Professionals since joining the company in 2005.  He has 11 years of experience providing part-time and full-time staffing solutions to corporations based in the United States, Europe, Middle East, and the Pacific Rim.  Previously, he worked for the engineering company CDI Corporation in recruiting, account management, and business development roles.  Craig began flying at age 13 in gliders, soloed at 14, and became a licensed pilot on his 16th birthday.  He holds an FAA private pilot’s certificate for gliders, single-engine aircraft, and is IFR certified.  He flies out of Heritage Field (KPTW) in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.  Craig earned his B.A. in Political Science from Hobart College and earned his Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America.

    Katheryn Bradley represents private and public employers in workplace disputes, and has successfully litigated and resolved claims for wrongful discharge, discrimination, and violations of leave and wage and hour laws. She has defended employers in individual and class action lawsuits in trial and appellate courts throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Washington and Alaska.  In addition to her extensive employment litigation experience, Katheryn devotes a substantial part of her practice to counseling managers and human resource professionals in organizations of all sizes.  She advises clients on best practices to manage leave and navigate through the interactive process to accommodate disabled employees. She helps employers avoid employment claims by preparing effective workplace policies and counseling them through the process of carrying out reductions in force, separations and terminations. Katheryn prepares executive employment agreements, effective covenants not to compete and other agreements to protect trade secrets and intellectual property. She works closely with business executives to enforce non-competition agreements and respond to cease and desist letters. Katheryn also provides interactive EEO training to managers. She is a frequent speaker at employment law seminars.


  • Tuesday, September 06, 2011 12:23 AM | Deleted user

    On Thursday July 28, 2011, PNBAA held another very successful Maintenance Luncheon. We had just over 50 attendees. The host of the event was Columbia Pacific, or Geoduck Aviation. We want to personally thank Mr. Steve Jones for offering their hangar for this event and hosting this event. Their hospitality was awesome, and they have the newest and one of the nicest hangars at Boeing Field Airport.

    Duncan Aviation sponsored the event. Many thank for Duncan’s generosity to PNBAA, as they are a big supporter of PNBAA. Special thanks should go to Mr. Mike White, who set things up with our caterer to make the Lunchen possible. And as our industry goes, Mike had to repair an aircraft for most of the Luncheon but at least made it before it ended to be greeted with a healthy round of applause for buying lunch.

    Our Featured Speaker was Mr. Gerardo Hueto, Chief Engineer, Aviation System Safety for Boeing Commercial Airplanes here in Seattle. He was outstanding, and he had a very interesting perspective on aviation safety since he works for such a large company with so many aircraft in service all over the world. Some of the statistics that he gave were staggering in comparison to the corporate aviation community. He worked for Alaska Airlines previously, where he started their SMS (Safety Management System) Program. His presentation is attached below in the attached link. We want to send a very special thanks to Gerardo for his time and for doing his presentation at our luncheon. Also, we should recognize the University of Southern California and their Aviation Safety Institute, as Gerardo is an instructor for them. They were the ones that put PNBAA in contact with Gerardo. Thanks Gerardo for doing such an excellent and data filled presentation.

    Click here to download the Powerpoint Presentation (PPT format).


  • Saturday, July 16, 2011 12:55 AM | Deleted user

    On Thursday, August 4th, from 11:30am to 2:00pm the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association will host its Annual Airport Bar-B-Q, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, and refreshments!!




    While PNBAA provides quarterly general meetings or events to its membership, such as our annual Safety Symposium and, in September, our annual charity golf tournament, the PNBAA Airport Bar-B-Q is open to all- PNBAA members and non-members alike- and, it is free of charge!

    The Bar-B-Q is PNBAA’s way of saying “thank you” to all those in the industry, and to provide a forum to just have fun and network. There are no speakers and no formal program; just come out and enjoy the day while the food lasts and the grill is hot! PNBAA board members will be in attendance and will be available to answer questions about PNBAA, and upcoming events such as our golf tournament.

    Hosted on Thursday, August 4th, from 11:30am to 2:00pm in the midst of Seafair week, the Bar-B-Q is specifically timed over the two TFRs currently scheduled at the airport for the Blue Angels practice day!! Think about it: You’ll be able to enjoy a sunny day at the airport and watch the Blue Angels come and go with great food on your plate…

    The PNBAA Bar-B-Q will be hosted at Galvin Flying Services, next door to the Galvin Flight Training Department at 7001 Perimeter Road S, Seattle, WA 98108. Above is an image (photo credit Google Earth) of the location. See you there!


  • Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:02 PM | Deleted user

    With the recent departure of valued PNBAA Board Member Don Hitch, PNBAA’s Nominating Committee is currently taking applications for the open Board of Directors position. If you are interested in serving on this volunteer organization, please click here to complete the application. Applications are due to the PNBAA Nominating Committee no later than June 30, 2011.

  • Sunday, June 12, 2011 12:58 AM | Deleted user


    The PNBAA will be hosting their third annual golf tournament on September 21, 2011 at The Golf Club at Redmond Ridge. As you know, the PNBAA’s mission is to:

    • Provide a unified voice on issues of interest to the regional and local business aviation communities
    • Promote the economic value of business aviation regionally and nationally
    • Act as a bridge between the community and regional / local regulatory and enforcement agencies
    • Promote networking and interaction amongst its members

    Through support of our sponsors, the golf tournament is offered at only $75pp to play and the cost and includes a cart, driving range privileges, and a lunch and awards ceremony with many great prizes following the tournament. In addition, each participant will receive $50 gift certificate to be spent at the Nike Store set up on site day of event.



  • Wednesday, June 08, 2011 1:59 PM | Deleted user

    During a trip that took PNBAA member Mark McIntyre to Kumasi, Ghana, he met Eric Owusu, photo attached. Eric is a Jeppesen-approved Handling Agent based there who has dreamed of traveling to the USA to complete an FAA Dispatcher Course at the Jeppesen Academy in Denver. Even though he has a monthly salary of only $200, he has managed to save enough to cover his round trip airfare. The challenge, Mark learned, is the six week course including materials and FAA exam is an estimated $4,500 with room and board totaling approximately $4,500. more.

    Realizing how much we have and how a small effort or sacrifice on our part could help fulfill someone else’s dream, Mark brought Eric’s dream to the attention of a number of his aviation relationships here. Jeppesen has generously agreed to provide Eric with a complete scholarship toward the Dispatcher Course and subsequent test. Bombardier’s Peter Menza has agreed to provide financial assistance. Mente, Mark’s employer, will also make a contribution and the PNBAA will donate $500.

    We are pleased to announce that Eric is now enrolled in Jeppesen’s September 2011 Dispatcher course in Denver.

    If you have a worthy industry-related cause, please let us know. PNBAA may be able to help expand its appeal and/or possibly make a contribution.



  • Friday, May 06, 2011 1:04 AM | Deleted user

    Join PNBAA Thursday, June 2nd at Seattle’s Museum of Flight for a luncheon forum on RNP- Required Navigational Performance- for Business Aviation.

    NBAA’s Director of Air Traffic Services & Infrastructure, Robert “Bob” Lamond, will present on the topic of RNP, Special Aircrew Authorization, the current state of RNP in 121 operations, and what business aviation can expect- or shouldn’t- from RNP in the coming years, along Loamond will be joined by local FAA Air Traffic Office (ATO) officials who will provide a regulatory perspective. Finally, a panel discussion and Q&A with NBAA, FAA-ATO, and 121 Operators already using RNP capability will conclude the day.

    Registration begins at 11:00am, with lunch and presentations to begin at 11:30am.

    Cost: Free to PNBAA Members

    Sponsors: To sponsor this event, please contact Doug Wilson, Vice President of PNBAA at 206.291.6335 ordougw@galvinflying.com

    Robert G. Lamond Jr
    National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
    Director, Air Traffic Services & Infrastructure

    Robert “Bob” G. Lamond Jr. is NBAA’s director, air traffic services & infrastructure. In this capacity, he monitors issues concerning air traffic services, airspace management, the FAA/Industry Collaborative Decision Making Process, various work groups, aviation weather, and air traffic system modernization (NextGen), as these areas relate to business aviation.

    Lamond is certified and current as a private pilot, and also holds control tower operator and radar specialist certificates. He gained more than 18 years of experience in air traffic control, airspace and airport management during his 22-year career in the United States Air Force, when he was stationed in various locations throughout the United States and Europe. He has been with NBAA since July of 1999.

    He currently serves as co-chair of the RTCA Airspace and Procedures Work Group (APWG), a member of the National Special Activity Airspace Program (NSAAP) Oversight Committee, a member of the Performance Based Navigation Rulemaking Committee Steering Group (PARC-SG), and a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the Gulf Regional Airspace Initiative (GRASI). His leadership has been a key element in business aviation’s inclusion into the FAA’s Traffic Flow Management arena through the FAA/Industry Collaborative Decision Making process.


  • Thursday, March 24, 2011 3:03 PM | Deleted user


    On March 3rd, 2011, the Pacific Northwest Business Aircraft Association presented its 3rd Annual Safety Day, at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. The event brought more than 110 attendees, and hosted five presenters- Former NTSB Board Member John Goglia, Astronaut Greg Johnson (USN, Ret.), Jonna Doolittle, granddaughter of General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, Professor Glenn Harmon (USAF, Ret.) and Dr. Jerry Cockrell, CRM Expert- who spoke on topics ranging from Professionalism to Crew Resource Management, Fatigue Countermeasures.

    The day began with an industry briefing from Doug Carr, Vice President of Safety, Security and Regulation of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). John Goglia followed, and presented on the topic of professionalism in the industry, with a keen focus on the maintenance function within the flight department. By mid-morning, Shuttle Astronaut Greg Johnson related how SFRM- NASA’s equivalent of Crew Resource Management- works when abnormal operations occur. During Lunch, Jonna Doolittle spoke of the life of her grandfather, General Jimmy Doolittle, who overcame personal adversities as a young man to become one of the greatest contributors to modern aviation and lead the harrowing Tokyo raid of 1942. Following lunch, Professor Glenn Harmon of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University discussed fatigue management, recognition and countermeasures in the cockpit. The day concluded with Dr. Jerry Cockrell, who with light-hearted humor and a contagious laugh, provided an entertaining account of Crew Resource Management.


    The event was made possible through the generous support of Lead Sponsors Cessna Aircraft and CitationAir, Contributing Sponsors Gulfstream Aerospace and Galvin Flying Services, Inc. and a host of Supporting Sponsors, including AirBP, Aircraft Window Repairs, BKD Aerospace, Clay Lacy, Executive Flight, Inc., Lane Powell, National Business Aviation Association.

    Already in the planning stages for its 4th Annual Safety Event, to be held March 1st, 2012, at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, the Pacific Northwest Business Aircraft Association is dedicated to promoting the interests and recognition of the regional business aviation community. In pursuit of this mission, the PNBAA endeavors to provide a unified voice on issues of interest to the regional and local business aviation communities; promote the economic value of business aviation regionally and nationally; act as a bridge between the community and regional / local regulatory and enforcement agencies and promote networking and interaction amongst its members.

    PNBAA has been honored to host some of the most recognized experts on aviation safety during past safety events and the 2011 Safety Day was no different. This year’s event featured:

    Johnson was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from West Seattle High School, Seattle, WA in 1972, and the, University of Washington in 1977 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Captain Johnson received his commission through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate Program and received his Naval Aviator wings in December 1978. He was designated an instructor pilot in TA-4J aircraft, in 1980 he transitioned to A-6E aircraft, and in 1984 he reported to the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He performed flight tests in A-6E and F/A-18A aircraft. He also was the maintenance department head in an operational A-6 squadron. He resigned his commission in 1990 and accepted a position at the NASA JSC Aircraft Operations Division. From 1990-2007 Johnson served as a Captain in the United States Navy, reserve component, and was the Commanding Officer of four Naval Reserve units. He has logged over 9500 flying hours in 50 aircraft and over 500 carrier landings.

    In April 1990, Johnson was accepted as an aerospace engineer and research pilot at the NASA JSC Aircraft Operations Division, Ellington Field, Texas. He qualified as a T-38 instructor, functional check flight and examiner pilot, as well as Gulfstream I aircraft commander, WB-57 high altitude research pilot and KC-135 co-pilot. In 1994 he assumed duties as the Chief, Maintenance & Engineering Branch responsible for all maintenance and engineering modifications on NASA JSCs 44 aircraft.
    Selected by NASA in June 1998, he reported for training in August 1998. Johnson was the class leader for the seventeenth group of astronauts comprised of 31 U.S. and international members. Johnson was initially assigned as an Astronaut Support Personnel (ASP) responsible for configuring the Orbiter switches prior to launch and strapping astronauts in their seats for launch. From June 2004 to November 2005, Johnson served as Manager, Launch Integration, for the Space Shuttle Program at the Kennedy Space Center. Johnson served as the pilot the final Space Shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. In completing STS-125, Johnson logged almost 13-days in space.

    Glenn Harmon is an assistant professor in the College of Aviation at Emery Riddle University’s Daytona Beach, Florida campus. He holds an MS in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University. Professor Harmon brings a varied aviation background to the classroom including military, airline and general aviation. He began his love with flying as a cadet in Air Force ROTC at East Carolina University. During his distinguished military career, he served as a Weapons System Officer (WSO) on the F-111 supersonic swing wing fighter in Europe and as a navigation instructor on the T-43 while teaching at the USAFAir Force Academy. After returning from Desert Storm in 1991, he was selected to attend the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine to become an aviation physiologist and commanded a hypobaric chamber unit at Langley AFB training aircrews, civilian pilots and parachutists in high altitude physiology. Professor Harmon continued his flying as an airline pilot with Atlantic Coast Airlines and Independence Air based at Washington-Dulles airport. There he flew the British Aerospace Jetstream 41 and the Bombardier CRJ as a captain, instructor and line check airman. He has spent numerous hours in general aviation as a flight instructor, National Intercollegiate Flying Association coach, aircraft owner and advocate of flying safety and education.

    Dr. Jerry Cockrell is a psychologist, aviator, humorist and in-demand speaker. His ‘down-home’ style and hilarious anecdotes have charmed, educated and entertained audiences around the world. Dr. Cockrell, a former Boeing 737 Captain, has over 20,000 flying hours including flying a Boeing 747-400 on international routes for an FAR 121 carrier. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education.

    Beginning his work in 1977, he was one of the earliest developers of Crew Resource Management programs. Since that time he has conducted more than 200 Crew Resource Management and Check Airman Safety Seminars for such air carriers as: United Parcel Service, Alaska Airlines, Air B.C., Air Ontario, Frontier Airlines, Overseas National Airlines, Mark Air, Reeves Aleutian Airways and Henson Airlines.

    Jerry has worked with corporate, government and aviation groups including Mobil Oil, Arco, all branches of the military, the US Coast Guard and the FBI. Jerry has the honor of being one of the first speakers to make aviation safety presentations in all 50 states and internationally to England, Germany, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Canada and Australia delivering over 3,000 safety and humorous presentations.


    Mr. Goglia served as a member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). With more than 30 years experience in the aviation industry, he was the first NTSB Board Member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic’s certificate.

    As a Board Member, Goglia distinguished himself in numerous areas of transportation safety. He played a key role in focusing international attention on the increasing significance of aircraft maintenance in aviation accidents. Also as an NTSB Board Member, Goglia participated in numerous air, rail and bus accident investigations. He chaired the Board’s public hearings on the ValuJet crash into the Florida Everglades.

    Prior to becoming a Board Member, Goglia held numerous positions in the airline industry and was involved for more than 20 years as a union flight safety representative on accident investigation teams. For 12 years, he operated his own aircraft service company.

    Goglia served as the Massachusetts Governor’s appointee to the Boston Area Second Airport Site Selection Board and the Massachusetts Workers Compensation Review Commission.


    Jonna Doolittle is an author and journalist. Her first book, Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle¸ is a memoir of her famous grandfather, aviator Jimmy Doolittle, and his equally extraordinary wife, Joe.

    Ms Hoppes represents the Doolittle family at air shows across the country and is a popular speaker at libraries and air museums. Her articles have appeared in Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine, as well as other publications.

    She is past Chair of the Literary Guild of Orange County and a member of Sisters in Crime, a mystery writers’ organization. She also works as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force and lives in Southern California.


  • Sunday, February 06, 2011 12:16 AM | Deleted user

    For immediate release:

    The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will be presenting our third annual Safety Day on March 3, 2011 at the Museum of Flight, Boeing Field, Seattle, WA. The topics of discussion will be human factors as they relate to aviation personnel, organizations and operations.

    The first PNBAA Safety Day was an overwhelming success. Human factors that influence aeronautical decision making and performance was our focus, and from the overwhelming positive feedback, we feel we met that goal. The speakers for Safety Day 2009 were Dr. Tony Kern, CEO of Convergent Performance Dr. Mark Rosekind, presently a member of the NTSB and a national recognized expert on fatigue, Dr. Earl Weiner, also a newly appointed member of the NTSB, who has extensive experience in studies on aviation safety, Dr, Key Dismukes, human factors expert at NASA Ames, and David McKay, president of USAIG. The luncheon speaker was Hugh Mills, author of “Low Level Hell”.

    We continued that theme for Safety Day 2010, where the speakers were Sean Roberts, National Test Pilot School, John Nance, author, Bob Agustino, father of Safety Standdown, and Greg Frieth, retired NTSB investigator. We were honored to present Captain Al Haynes, pilot of United Flight 232, as the luncheon speaker. As an additional feature we added a social event that was held after the safety presentations were completed. This event was attended by 155 aviation professionals, which was an increase from Safety Day 2009.

    Speakers that have accepted to participate in Safety Day 2011 are Captain Gregory C. Johnson, (USN Ret) NASA Astronaut, John Goglia, Independent Air Safety Consultant and Former NTSB board member, Professor Glenn Harmon, Embry Riddle University, and Dr. Jerry Cockrell. The luncheon speaker will be Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, the granddaughter of General Jimmy Doolittle. Cost of the event will be $120.

    Sponsors are needed for Safety Day 2011. Sponsors will receive recognition in the event binder provided to each participant, on a PowerPoint presentation shown during the event and on the PNBAA web site. The lead sponsor will be given a few minutes at the podium. Space for displaying marketing materials will be available. Marketing materials may also be included in a tote bag provided to each participant.

    The PNBAA is a NBAA regional association with primary membership in Washington State and northwest Oregon. PNBAA was mentioned on pages 28 and 29 in an article titled “Grassroots Business Aviation Associations” in the April 2010 issue of Business & Commercial Aviation. Our major functions are a Safety Day in March and a charity golf tournament in September. The charity proceeds go to the Aviation High School, Des Moines, WA, and the Civil Air Patrol to support youth in aviation. Our website is at www.pnbaa.org.

    For further information contact Doug Wilson at 206-291-6335, or Dave Lehman at 253-347-0656.

    John Goglia served as a member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). With more than 30 years experience in the aviation industry, he was the first NTSB Board Member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic’s certificate.

    As a Board Member, Goglia distinguished himself in numerous areas of transportation safety. He played a key role in focusing international attention on the increasing significance of aircraft maintenance in aviation accidents. Also as an NTSB Board Member, Goglia participated in numerous air, rail and bus accident investigations. He chaired the Board’s public hearings on the ValuJet crash into the Florida Everglades.

    Prior to becoming a Board Member, Goglia held numerous positions in the airline industry and was involved for more than 20 years as a union flight safety representative on accident investigation teams. For 12 years, he operated his own aircraft service company.

    Goglia served as the Massachusetts Governor’s appointee to the Boston Area Second Airport Site Selection Board and the Massachusetts Workers Compensation Review Commission.

    Captain Greg Johnson (Capt., USN, Ret.) was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from West Seattle High School, Seattle, WA in 1972, and the, University of Washington in 1977 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Captain Johnson received his commission through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate Program and received his Naval Aviator wings in December 1978. He was designated an instructor pilot in TA-4J aircraft, in 1980 he transitioned to A-6E aircraft, and in 1984 he reported to the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He performed flight tests in A-6E and F/A-18A aircraft. He also was the maintenance department head in an operational A-6 squadron. He resigned his commission in 1990 and accepted a position at the NASA JSC Aircraft Operations Division. From 1990-2007 Johnson served as a Captain in the United States Navy, reserve component, and was the Commanding Officer of four Naval Reserve units. He has logged over 9500 flying hours in 50 aircraft and over 500 carrier landings.

    In April 1990, Johnson was accepted as an aerospace engineer and research pilot at the NASA JSC Aircraft Operations Division, Ellington Field, Texas. He qualified as a T-38 instructor, functional check flight and examiner pilot, as well as Gulfstream I aircraft commander, WB-57 high altitude research pilot and KC-135 co-pilot. In 1994 he assumed duties as the Chief, Maintenance & Engineering Branch responsible for all maintenance and engineering modifications on NASA JSCs 44 aircraft.

    Selected by NASA in June 1998, he reported for training in August 1998. Johnson was the class leader for the seventeenth group of astronauts comprised of 31 U.S. and international members. Johnson was initially assigned as an Astronaut Support Personnel (ASP) responsible for configuring the Orbiter switches prior to launch and strapping astronauts in their seats for launch. From June 2004 to November 2005, Johnson served as Manager, Launch Integration, for the Space Shuttle Program at the Kennedy Space Center. Johnson served as the pilot the final Space Shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. In completing STS-125, Johnson logged almost 13-days in space.

    Glenn Harmon (Lt Col, USAF, Ret.) is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida teaching Instrument Pilot Operations; a capstone course for seniors designed for airline transition; and a signature Flight Physiology course. Prof. Harmon’s knowledge of human physiology and aviation was instrumental in the creation of an innovative normobaric high altitude hypoxia awareness lab for training students in the recognition and recovery of altitude hypoxia.

    Prior to joining Embry Riddle, he served as captain and line check airman for Atlantic Coast Airlines and Independence Air in Washington DC, flying the British Aerospace Jetstream 4100 and the Bombardier CRJ.
    Additionally, during his distinguished military career he served as a Weapons System Officer (WSO) on the F-111 fighter in Europe and as a navigation instructor on the T-43 while teaching at the USAF Air Force Academy. After returning from Desert Storm in 1991, he was selected to attend the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine to become an aerospace physiologist training aircrews, civilian pilots and parachutists in high altitude physiology. Professor Harmon earned his B.A. in Psychology from East Carolina University and his M.S. in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University.
    He has accrued over 9000 flying hours and holds an ATP, ASEL, ASES and CFI/CFII pilot certificates and B-737, CL-65 and BA-4100 type ratings.

    Dr. Jerry Cockrell is a psychologist, aviator, humorist and in-demand speaker. His ‘down-home’ style and hilarious anecdotes have charmed, educated and entertained audiences around the world. Dr. Cockrell, a former Boeing 737 Captain, has over 20,000 flying hours including flying a Boeing 747-400 on international routes for an FAR 121 carrier. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education.

    Beginning his work in 1977, he was one of the earliest developers of Crew Resource Management programs. Since that time he has conducted more than 200 Crew Resource Management and Check Airman Safety Seminars for such air carriers as: United Parcel Service, Alaska Airlines, Air B.C., Air Ontario, Frontier Airlines, Overseas National Airlines, Mark Air, Reeves Aleutian Airways and Henson Airlines.

    Jerry has worked with corporate, government and aviation groups including Mobil Oil, Arco, all branches of the military, the US Coast Guard and the FBI. Jerry has the honor of being one of the first speakers to make aviation safety presentations in all 50 states and internationally to England, Germany, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Canada and Australia delivering over 3,000 safety and humorous presentations.

    Jonna Doolittle Hoppes is an author and journalist. Her first book, Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle¸ is a memoir of her famous grandfather, aviator Jimmy Doolittle, and his equally extraordinary wife, Joe.

    Ms Hoppes represents the Doolittle family at air shows across the country and is a popular speaker at libraries and air museums. Her articles have appeared in Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine, as well as other publications.

    She is past Chair of the Literary Guild of Orange County and a member of Sisters in Crime, a mystery writers’ organization. She also works as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force and lives in Southern California.


  • Friday, February 04, 2011 2:10 PM | Deleted user

    Once again the Washington State Legislature is working to close a budget deficit in excess of 4 billion dollars and they are exploring multiple avenues for increasing revenues. Last week there was a bill introduced in the House of Representatives (HB 1847) that would eliminate the current excise tax exemptions on aircraft in the State. HB 1847 contains the exact language that was successfully defeated in the last legislative session.

    PNBAA has been working with other members of the Washington State Aviation Coalition to improve our State lawmaker’s understanding of how important aviation is to the State economy. We believe we are making progress with a broad section of Representatives and Senators in the current legislature ti ensure aviation is viewed for what it is, essential to our State economy.

    The aviation industry is better understood now than ever before and the aviation advocacy groups are working together very well; however we still must remain vigilant to these legislative attempts to gain additional revenue from our industry by legislation or referendum. We believe current exemptions improve aviation contributions to the economy and quality of life in the State, and we are seeing increased support from legislators for the aviation industry even as they struggle with the budget deficit.

    Tax increases in the State require a super-majority (2/3 vote) in each legislative body, and it will be very hard for any tax increase measure to be approved. This super-majority adds to the political complexity required to pass any tax bill, like HB 1847, and we are watching it closely.

    PNBAA is working to identify real threats to our industry and advise members when action is required. We believe now is the time to gather information and work with the House and Senate to protect aviation interests in Washington State. Lawmakers are very open to including PNBAA and the other members of the Washington Aviation Coalition in efforts to find solutions to this budget crisis and we will continue to work to improve the industry standing in Olympia.

    PNBAA will continue to advise you to the actions that affect aviation from Olympia. There will undoubtedly be a time when we issue a call to action, but we don’t believe now is that time. Thank you for you attention.

    Chuck Kegley
    Director of Legislative Affairs, PNBAA


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