Greetings to our airport family and friends! We hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed holiday season. The New Year is upon us and January so far has brought us temperature swings from 70 to 7 degrees, along with SNOW, SLEET, ICE and THUNDERSTORMS. I guess all a part of why we love calling North Carolina home. This month also starts us out with budget meetings in preparation for the Authorities annual retreat and planning meetings in February, in which many things will be discussed along with a new budget, projects and updates for our airport.
I would like to congratulate Jack and the entire flight training department staff for their continued efforts in raising the bar of excellence for our students. We continue to have new students inquire and sign up for flight training. We are becoming the go to place for flight training. Very soon you will be seeing some much needed improvements to our training aircraft, along with the possible addition of a multi-engine trainer, so that we will have the necessary equipment to provide “best in class”, start to finish professional pilot program capabilities. We have also begun our 141 Pilot training school recertification process with the FAA which will open up even more possibilities for growth.
As always, Fly Safe, and focus on the fundamentals.
The annual Cirrus Partner Symposium has been held in the fall in Duluth. The meeting has been a four day event for an annual update for the Cirrus Service & Training Center Partners as well as Cirrus Standardized Instructors, who can earn 5 of the 10 points needed for the annual CSIP renewal requirements or for the 25 points needed for Platinum CSIPs. This year it was a five day event which expanded the attendees to include the Sales related force. The Sales Team arrived on Monday and the Training Centers/CSIPs/Service Partners started their meeting on Tuesday.
The meeting, this year entitled CX2017 (CX stands for “Customer Experience”), was held at the Knoxville Convention Center, with the exception of the grand opening event on Thursday night at the new Cirrus Delivery Center in Knoxville, which is located at the McGhee Tyson Airport (KTYS). Wow – these folks know how to throw a party (or two or three)! Over 400 attendees from 60+ countries attended.
Tuesday evening was a cocktail / heavy hors d’oeuvre event at the Knoxville Convention Center which provided a casual environment for social interaction.
Wednesday was a combined Track Day for all. The infectious and motivating speakers included CEO Dale Klapmeier, Division Presidents, Vice-Presidents and managers. The theme was set – in keeping with other successful companies such as Breitling, Porsche, Starbucks, Disney, Cirrus sells a lifestyle and by the way they’re also doing pretty well selling aircraft. Throughout, the food was way too tempting.
Thursday was an individual Track Day for the Sales/Training/Service folks. The attendees were then bussed to KTYS for the Vision Center Campus Grand Opening Event which began with a tour of the reception center and store, then the existing Cirrus hangar for light refreshments, followed by a walk to the main event area for the Opening festivities, lead off by Dale Klapmeier. Speakers included the Division Presidents with recognition of local dignitaries and guests. Also introduced was the G6 SR22 as well as the first Vision Jet recently delivered.
Friday brought a keynote presentation at the Tennessee Theater followed by Sales/Training/Service tracks before a noon adjournment.
On another note, I want to take this opportunity to introduce the latest addition to our CFI cadre – Mark Spencer. Mark is an ATP, CFII and has a wealth of civilian and military experience. He’s a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and hales from Indiana. He’ll be available primarily on weekends. Please join me in welcoming Mark.
Congratulations to the following PPC candidates who have accomplished their first aircraft solo this month: Owen Hartman, Igor Dubinski, Joe Naples, Randy Hussey.
Blue Skies & Tailwinds,
Jack Stevens, ATP, MCFI-I, MEI, CSIP, sUAS
Flight Center Chief
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Friends of Moore County Airport Foundation
The Moore County Airport Authority is working to create a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation and their mission statement is as follows: The mission of the Friends of Moore County Airport is threefold: (a) to educate the general public, and particularly area youth, about the use and operation of aircraft and the Moore County Airport, (b) to provide expertise, funds, and in-kind assistance to the Moore County Airport, a facility owned by Moore County, North Carolina, and (c) to provide scholarship assistance for area youth interested in a career in aviation.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the board of directors for the Friends of Moore County Airport to please contact Dr. Mark Brenner.
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Next Authority Meeting
Our next regular meeting of the Moore County Airport Authority will be on Tuesday 14 February 2017 at 10:00 am in the Department of Social Services Conference Room located at 1036 Carriage Oaks Road, Carthage, North Carolina, immediately followed by the Airport Authority Retreat and continued on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017.