Podcast: Recognizing LGBTQ+ Pride Month

June 21, 2021

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the U.S., a time to recognize the impact of those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or transsexual, queer and other alternative sexual and gender identities or expressions. While today’s environment is more accepting and open than it was several decades ago, members of the LGBTQ+ community working in business aviation still occasionally face challenges, showing there’s still more work to be done. “Focus on your requirements for the job and being the best you can be,” suggests Ari Sarmento, vice president of flight crew and chief pilot for Silver Air, “and then be open enough to educate and clarify for others.”

In today’s episode of NBAA’s “Flight Plan,” host Rob Finfrock speaks with:

  • Keith Deschambeault, Falcon 50 pilot and owner of Acadian Seaplanes
  • Ari Sarmento, vice president of flight crew and chief pilot for Silver Air
  • Andrew Zea, pilot for a Part 91 operation

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Recent Event Highlights NBAA’s Continued Commitment to Workplace Diversity, Inclusion

While diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) issues are starting to take center stage in aviation, the industry still has a ways to go, especially when it comes to education and outreach.
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November 22, 2021

Podcast: Planning for Holiday Season Flying

If your business travel plans involve flights during the winter holidays, be aware of the anticipated surge in passengers flying this season after last year’s COVID lockdowns. The situation may mean added congestion across the national airspace system, and while business aviation has never been a congestion driver, delays may impact your planning.
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Nov/Dec 2021

The Business Case for DE&I

Diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives can help solve personnel challenges.
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November 15, 2021

Podcast: Navigating Supply Chain Challenges

global supply chain crisis has hit business aviation just when the industry is experiencing a resurgence in flight activity. How can operators and support providers adapt to mounting shortages of critical parts and materials?
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