About the time that you
read this, one of the most pivotal leadership posts in aviation
will have transferred onto a new person. Jack Olcott will retire,
Shelley Longmuir will take his place, and a bit of aero-history
will have changed significantly. While not always in agreement with
Olcott's decisions or style, we can only respect the talent and
professionalism he brought to an often contentious posting. He
served with class and with insight... and we wish him well in his
retirement... while also hoping that retirement will mean that we
will still benefit from his insights here and there.
Soon to be NBAA President Emeritus Olcott filed the following
statement shortly before handing over the reins of leadership to
President's Perspective: Farewell, and Thank You
"It is with appreciation for the
opportunities of the last 11 years and with great respect for
NBAA’s Membership that I step down from the presidency of
your Association, a position I have been fortunate to occupy since
May 1, 1992. On June 24, your Board of Directors will appoint Ms.
Shelley A. Longmuir NBAA president, and I will assume the title of
president emeritus along with John Winant, the gentleman who served
the Association so well from the 1950s to the mid-1980s.
Please join me in wishing Shelley well. She is a highly
respected aviation professional with an outstanding education and
valuable experience on Capitol Hill. You will be well served.
I see great opportunities ahead for our community. The value of
business aviation as a necessary form of transportation has never
been higher. You and your colleagues demonstrate that fact daily as
you help your company maximize the productivity of people and time.
Your safety record is second to none, and you provide a level of
security that is unmatched. I salute your professionalism as
aviators and as managers of the art and science we know as business
As for NBAA’s
Staff, it is strong and dedicated to serving your needs. The
employees of NBAA work as an effective team, and it is their focus
as a team that enables your Association to be effective. With
Shelley’s leadership and with the Board’s overall
governance, NBAA will continue to grow.
My involvement with NBAA and business aviation will continue. As
a willing advisor and consultant to NBAA, I serve at the pleasure
of president and staff. And as the Member Representative of a newly
minted NBAA Associate Member, General Aero Company, located at
Morristown Municipal Airport, I plan to volunteer as
Thank you for the privilege of occupying the corner office of
the best Association serving the finest individuals in