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  • 4 Nov 2019 12:04 PM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association turned the spotlight on Cyber Security at its 7th Annual Maintenance Conference held at Top Golf in Naperville, IL.

    The CABAA Maintenance Committee led by Bill Madary (right) brought together industry leaders such as Eric Tuyilingire, Sr. Field Service Systems Engineer for Collins Aerospace, to share key information as well as provide a powerful networking opportunity in the business aviation maintenance community.

    “We know that we are going to be attacked,” Mr. Tuyilingire shared in his opening statement for the Keynote address. The audience was able to view a “live” feed of millions of cyber-attacks happening every second across the world which were illustrated as flashes of light. The flashes happened at an astonishing rate of frequency and brought the room to an eerie silence.

    “Business aviation has begun to adopt much more non-aviation-specific hardware, software, and communications technologies that greatly increase this community's cybersecurity risks,” continued Mr. Tuyilingire.  “Only within the past few decades have we begun to realize the need for cybersecurity beginning with cabin connectivity and now, very recently, needing to understand the implications of increased use of common connectivity throughout the aircraft systems in the cockpit and the cabin. It's a steep learning curve for many traditional business aviation operators to become proficient in cybersecurity."

    Mr. Tuyilingire emphasized the many layers of cybersecurity already in place for aviation applications for the cockpit; however, the final layer is truly and literally in the hands of passengers who bring personal electronic devices on the aircraft. Thus, one of the most sought-after capabilities for the cabin (connectivity) has simultaneously become one of the areas creating the most potential vulnerabilities.

    The increasing demand for high technology in the back of business aircraft is a critical issue for business aviation not only to keep us competitive in the business travel space, but also to keep us ahead of the threats that come with connectivity.

    Aviation Cyber Security Tips:

    • 1)      Be certain to monitor the physical security of the aircraft including access for catering.
    • 2)      Lap tops for maintenance should never be connected to the internet.
    • 3)      Passengers should turn off all devices not in use.
    • 4)      Passengers should not download apps from unknown sources.
    • 5)      Passengers should change their passwords frequently.

    For more information check out the NBAA’s podcast on this topic: https://nbaa.org/news/flight-plan/cybersecurity-tips-protecting-data-flying/

    Katy Glynn is Director of Sales for Jet Linx Chicago, the Chairman of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association’s Communications Committee (www.cabaa.com) and a regular contributor to CABAA web content. Contact her at Katy.Glynn@JetLinx.com

  • 24 Oct 2019 2:38 PM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    Photo from left to right: Max Right - Rock Valley College, Spencer Netwal -Rock Valley College, Rudy Berruquin - Lewis University, Bill Madary - CABAA Maintenance Committee Chair

  • 30 Sep 2019 11:44 PM | Mark Quandahl (Administrator)


  • 8 Aug 2019 2:22 PM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    Jetstream Aviation Law is sponsoring a scholarship for business aviation, which can be used for a wide variety of purposes to advance a career in business aviation. If you know anyone who is interested, more info is at:


  • 7 Aug 2019 10:42 PM | Mark Quandahl (Administrator)

    CHICAGO EXECUTIVE AIRPORT (KPWK) WHEELING IL – Monday Aug 5th, CABAA awarded $100,000 in academic scholarships to 8 area students.

    CABAA's 2019 Scholarship Recipients.  (left to right)
    • ·         Nicole Goutanis, Princeton University
    • ·         Dyland Mardoian, Western Michigan University
    • ·         Alexandria Denig, Lewis University
    • ·         Kevin Whelan, Western Michigan University
    • ·         Margaret Gotsch, Lewis University
    • ·         Joshua Hernandez, Quincy University
    • ·         Angelina Kapp, Southern Illinois University
    • ·         Zachary Martin, Southern Illinois University

    2019 CABAA Scholarship winners.pdf

  • 7 Aug 2019 2:04 PM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    CABAA annual golf outing at Kemper Lakes honors the next generation of Chicagoland business aviation professionals

    Aug 6th the Mai Tais and mulligans were early and often yesterday at the annual CABAA Golf Classic.  160 golfers, 50 sponsors and 20 volunteers could not have asked for a better day to spend on the course at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer.  Another 60 CABAA members joined the fun at an extended networking “19th hole” happy hour and dinner.

    As with past years, the major goal of this year’s Golf Classic was to fund the Business Aviation Scholarship. With the support of CABAA members and sponsors, the CABAA Educational Foundation, along with FlightSafety International and CAE Simuflite, raised almost $90,000 for scholarships and jet training opportunities.  Over the history of the event, CABAA is closing in on $1,000,000 in aviation scholarship awards.

    “This day is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Sandy Frentz of The Duchossois Group. “It is satisfying to know that when we get all of these aviation professionals together at this event, we are doing our part in promoting business aviation by funding some outstanding next generation aviation professionals.”

    For some of the serious golfers, it was an opportunity to play the same course that many greats like Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer have, as Kemper Lakes is one of only three Chicagoland golf courses to have hosted a PGA Major Championship. For others, fun games like golf pong at the 1st hole, putting contests with a driver on the 15th tee box, and a chipping contest into the pond at the 18th hole kept the mood light.

    “I look forward to this event every year.  Not only is it a ton of fun, but it’s amazing how many aviation professionals from Chicago and across the country show up year after year,” said Ray Lang, Director at Chicago Executive Airport.  “Especially with the NBAA conference only a few months afterwards, it’s a great opportunity to meet people in a relaxed environment.”

    The winning fivesome, with a score of 55, or 17 under par, was led by Brett Forrester of JetSense Aviation, and included Barry Stone, Pat Harvey, Chris Brenner, and Mark Zakula.

    Upon completing their rounds, golfers eagerly awaited raffle prize drawings led by Pam Kavanaugh of Signature Flight Support while being thanks by Jim Guerin, Chair of the 2019 CABAA Events Committee. “It is your generosity through the day and the entire year which help financially support the next generation of business aviators and maintenance experts.  Thanks to all who make the CABAA Golf Classic a first-class experience.”

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