Sunday, August 24, 2014

News Out of Daugherty Field's FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International's third Gulfstream G650 aircraft simulator has been qualified to Level D by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

A pilot's view of the Gulfstream G650 Simulator

"The FAA Level D qualification of FlightSafety's third Gulfstream G650 simulator clearly demonstrates our ability to design and manufacture the highest quality simulators," said Steve Gross, Vice President, Sales. "This ensures they reflect the exact operating characteristics of the aircraft and provide pilots, maintenance technicians, and flight attendants with current and relevant information."

Located at the Long Beach location, this is the first FlightSafety FS1000 simulator to receive FAA Level D qualification. FS1000 simulators are designed to enhance training and maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of FlightSafey's latest innovations in technology. They include the VITAL 1100 visual system, electronic motion cueing, and new Instructor Operating Station. The FS 1000 features tightly integrated computer hardware and software across subsystems which allows for more accurate and high fidelity simulation than found in other current and previous generation simulators.

FlightSafety International has also recently announced that Todd Bitgood has been promoted to Manager of its Learning Center at the Long Beach Airport location. He succeeds Pete Nily who has become a Regional Director of Training Operations. Congratulations to Todd and Pete for jobs well done!

FlightSafety Manager, Todd Bitgood

FlightSafety has been the official factory authorized training organization for Gulfstream Aerospace corporation for more than four decades. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories, including Long Beach.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Children's Stories in the Concourse

M.L. Murray signs a book for a young reader.
On Thursday, August 7, author and veteran flight attendant M.L. Murray signed copies of her book, Plane Manners, at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The first in a series of children's books that teach good manners in any situation, Plane Manners is an illustrated story featuring travelling zoo animals. It teaches plane etiquette and safety to children and their parents. Throughout her book tour, Murray has visited at least 18 airports across the United States and has sold over 3,800 books.

Murray was initially motivated to write the book because she noticed that there was nothing published that addressed children and safety on airplanes. During flights, Murray has witnessed how rewarding it is when children and their families behave well; their polite attitudes and actions positively affect the rest of the passengers. "Good manners are contagious," said Murray.

Plane Manners ($14.95)
Murray began her career as a flight attendant at American Airlines in 1968. She worked for United Airlines and finished her career back at American. She is an involved member of Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) and pledges to donate $1.00 from each book sold to AAI's efforts to assist victims of human trafficking.

Plane Manners ($14.95) is available at LGB, in Heritage bookstores, and in gift shops at 12 airports across the country. It will be available on Amazon in October. Learn more about the author, her book, and her upcoming projects here.

Eileen of LGB Public Affairs strikes a pose.
M.L. Murray loves her fans!  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fun Times at First Fridays

On Friday, August 1, Long Beach Airport (LGB) joined the fun in Bixby Knolls for First Fridays. According to their website, the mission of the event is "to promote and support local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work." LGB provided free pens, doggy waste bags, and TSA-approved travel kits for passersby.

Performers including Hedgehog Swing, Hot Club, Jester McCool, and Taylor Crawford kept the music and good times rolling as people and their pets roamed the sidewalk. Street performers wowed the crowd and the Long Beach Trolley transported guests.

The monthly event occurs every first Friday of the month on Atlantic Ave. from Bixby Rd. to San Antonio Dr. Be sure to say hello to LGB at the next event on Friday, September 5 in front of the Historical Society of Long Beach!

Eileen Shock of LGB Public Affairs came prepared.

Hedgehog Swing provided retro tunes.

The Long Beach Trolley ran up and down Atlantic Ave.

Flying toward a Better Future

On Wednesday, July 30, animals from the Los Angeles area were flown from FliteServ at Long Beach Airport to shelters in the Pacific Northwest. Wings of Rescue, Shelter Me, and Bark Avenue Foundation partnered with shelters and animal control services from Los Angeles, Orange County, Lancaster, and Long Beach to transport 150 dogs and a few cats. Many of the dogs were small breeds that are popular in the Pacific Northwest and plentiful in Southern California.

"I would love the day when we never have to do a transport," said Steven Latham, founder of Shelter Me. A future free of animal transports would mean a animal population and ultimately less euthanasia, a practice employed by many shelters due to overcrowding.

According to Latham, it costs a mere $75 to transport each animal and 100% of the animals transported in the past have been adopted. For those who want to get involved but are unable to participate in transports, Latham advocates contacting local shelters. Other than adopting animals and volunteering, shelters typically are in need of newspapers, blankets, food, leashes, collars, and cleaning supplies.

Long Beach Airport was on hand to provide doggy bandanas for some of the puppy passengers and to wish them all a safe trip. The animals were transported on a charter plane. Those interested in donating for future transports can visit Fly Me Home.

Dottie and Steve love their new bandanas.
Wings of Rescue: saving the day, one animal at a time.
Volunteers loaded the precious cargo with care.