Florida-based business leader Aubrey W. Gladstone serves as the president and CEO of Gladstone Consulting, a firm that assists businesses with corporate restructuring, problem resolution, and litigation support. In addition to his work as a consultant, Aubrey Gladstone is an accomplished pilot. Active in the aviation community, Mr. Gladstone is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
As part of its “You Can Fly” initiative, AOPA helps build the next generation of pilots by offering various programs to high school students and teachers. Recently, AOPA has been hard at work developing an aviation-based STEM curriculum aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
After months of in-school testing, AOPA unveiled its first courses to be included in a four-year program that offers three career and technical education (CTE) pathways – in traditional piloting, unmanned aircraft systems, and aerospace engineering. The ninth-grade courses will provide the foundation for further study in all CTE pathways.
Two courses will be available for the 2018-19 school year, and AOPA will add a new level of courses each fall until the comprehensive four-year aviation program is complete. Participating schools can choose to implement one or more of the four-year CTE pathways or offer individual courses as standalone electives. More information about the program and other AOPA initiatives is available at aopa.org.
William E. Boeing
The recipient of an engineering degree from Lehigh University, Aubrey Gladstone has over 35 years of experience as a commercial pilot. Aubrey Gladstone taught his daughter Brooke to fly when she was 16 years old. She now works for Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace enterprise.
Boeing’s decorated history began July 15, 1916, when its founder, William E. Boeing incorporated Pacific Aero Products and started testing planes out of a University of Washington wind tunnel. The following year, after the United States declared war on Germany, Mr. Boeing enrolled in the Navy Reserve and renamed the business the Boeing Airplane Company. In its early years, the company made furniture and phonograph cases, among other products, to supplement its aircraft production. By 1928, however, it had become the largest aircraft manufacturer in the country.
A member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, William Boeing attended Yale University, but left at age 22 to pursue a career in logging. He established the Greenwood Timber Co. in 1908, shortly before he became interested in airplanes, and continued to run the business up until 1954. He died in 1956.
An experienced business consultant, Aubrey Gladstone has operated his consulting firm Gladstone Consulting, Inc., for more than 20 years. Aubrey Gladstone also has more than 35 years of experience as a pilot and advocates for the growth of small airports.
Small airports benefit the economy and the general airport system in a number of ways. First, small airports keep private traffic away from major commercial airports. If a small, single-person aircraft had to land at a major airport, it would take up a slot that could be used by a commercial jet with over 150 passengers.
Secondly, private airports are critical to the business aviation sector, which sustains 1.2 million high-wage jobs in the United States and accounts for $150 billion per year in the U.S. economy. In large part, this is due to the manufacturing jobs created by the demand for business aircraft.
Lastly, small airports allow passengers to visit remote places without access to major commercial airlines. Of the 5,000 public-use airports in the country, only 500 receive commercial airlines. This access to remote areas benefits not only businesses, but also residents of these areas who require emergency travel for medical purposes, making private airports a vital part of the U.S. aviation industry.
Aubrey Gladstone has been flying throughout the United States for decades, and, like most other general aviation pilots, depends upon small, local airports for safety and ease of travel. Aubrey Gladstone understands the importance of general aviation and community airports in business and personal travel.
Small, local airports are an integral part of the larger aviation system. Local airports are crucial for local commerce. They contribute to the strong network of airports that allows industry to move products to points where they are needed. Commerce needs a diverse network of air services to operate efficiently, which means airports both large and small are critical.
Smaller airports also provide greater opportunities for general aviation. They serve hobbyists, flight schools, news organizations, emergency services, and many other groups. Busy executives use general aviation services at community airports to quickly travel multiple times in a day. Medical patients take advantage of small airports when they need to travel for lifesaving procedures, and air ambulances use these facilities to reach patients outside of major metropolitan areas.
Cessna Citation SP
Aubrey Gladstone is an experienced business administrator and project manager who has served as president of Gladstone Consulting for more than two decades. He has been a commercial pilot even longer, flying with National Jet Corp. since 1980. Over the course of his aviation career, Aubrey Gladstone has flown a wide range of aircraft, including the Cessna Citation SP series.
Part of the 500 Citation series, the Citation I/SP was one of the first single-pilot, owner/flown jet aircraft. It shares the same turbo-fan-powered engine as the original Citation I, which featured a cockpit designed for two pilots. Both of these business jet models entered into production in 1977.
Because it was configured for a single pilot, the Citation I/SP allowed room for an extra passenger on the flight deck. The cabin is designed to seat up to six passengers and features both a full-width lavatory and a small galley/refreshment center.
Cessna ceased production on both the Citation I and the Citation I/SP in 1985. The company ultimately replaced the Citation line with the CitationJet several years later.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
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.