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
The FAA has been working with NBAA and others to address privacy concerns with the Privacy ICAO Address program (PIA), which recently was expanded beyond the contiguous U.S. to include overwater routes.
Flight data monitoring and data sharing are important tools to help identify potential safety risks before they become serious issues. That said, many operators are uncertain about how they work, what equipment is needed and what this information can offer their operations. NBAA has developed a new, comprehensive resource to answer those and other questions.
In this special edition of NBAA Flight Plan, podcast host Rob Finfrock gets a few moments in between conference sessions with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen to discuss the latest efforts by the association to highlight business aviation's societal benefits.