• 14 Jan 2020 11:33 AM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    This year’s financial scholarships include the Ken Johnson Memorial Scholarship, CABAA Maintenance Committee Financial Scholarship, and the CABAA General Financial Scholarship; each scholarship being set at $8000 for this year. 

    The training awards this year include two pilot type ratings with the FlightSafety/CAE Professional Pilot Training Award, initial Citation Sovereign maintenance training with the FlightSafety Professional Maintenance Training Award, and continued maintenance training with the FlightSafety Principles of Troubleshooting Training Award.   

    The applications can be downloaded here: https://www.cabaa.com/applications

    The application process is quick and easy:

    1. Download CABAA Scholarship application cover page.
    2. Download File for the Specific Scholarship you are applying for.
    3. Complete Cover Page and Requirements for the scholarship you are applying for.
    4. Email or Mail completed package.

    Current students are also encouraged to sign up for a free student membership: https://www.cabaa.com/join-cabaa

    Thank you so much, we are looking forward to this year’s applications!

  • 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

  • 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

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