AOPA Attempting to Prevent Repeated Closures of Palm Beach Airport

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Aubrey Gladstone serves as CEO of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, firm that offers consulting services in a range of industries, including aerospace, healthcare, and finance. Also a commercial pilot, Aubrey Gladstone has for many years been affiliated with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

AOPA represents hundreds of thousands of pilots across 75 nations. As the world’s largest aviation community, AOPA strives to expand opportunities for pilots and protect their rights in general aviation.

Since December of 2016, AOPA has been attempting to work with the FAA in order to mitigate delays and flight restrictions at the Palm Beach County Airport. This important airport is near President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, which he has visited frequently since the election. Each time Mr. Trump weekends in Florida, it results in a temporary closure of the airport and other disruptions.

These disruptions represent a significant economic threat to the airport and the surrounding community. The Palm Beach County Airport employs 250 people and contributes $27 million to the local economy each year. A presidential Mar-a-Lago visit can halt 200 aircraft operations per day and over a recent three-day weekend created losses of $30,000.

AOPA is continuing to seek support from the FAA, as well as from Florida legislators, in order to establish provisions for limited flight activities during presidential visits.

Three Reasons to Consider a Gap Between College and Graduate School

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Aubrey Gladstone serves as CEO of Gladstone Consulting, Inc., a firm that has handled business workouts totaling over $100 million. Holding an engineering degree and an MBA, Aubrey Gladstone is a proponent of taking time off to gain work experience between undergraduate and graduate studies.

While some students choose to proceed directly to graduate school following recipient of their undergraduate degrees, others find value in pausing their formal education to gain work experience and perspective. Consider the following benefits of the latter approach:

Improved job prospects. In many professions, employers place a great deal of emphasis on real-world experience. Taking some time between undergraduate studies and graduate school can allow students to build stronger resumes that will benefit them when they begin their careers.

Clarified career path. After spending a few years working, many people come away with a better sense of what they would like to study in graduate school. This sense of direction is especially helpful in disciplines with many sub-specialties.

Strengthened/conextual learning ability: Real-world experience often helps students absorb classroom material better. For many, it is easier to comprehend complex ideas if they can relate to actual experiences.