|The Founding of America West Airlines & MGM Grand Air
in the Era of Airline Deregulation
|and Interesting Aviation Litigation|
|On Saturday, May 4 Robert Ditchey will recount his key role in reshaping the airline industry during the eventful years following the Airline Deregulation Act.
Ditchey, a veteran aviation executive, was instrumental in creation of both America West and MGM Grand Airlines, two of many carriers formed to challenge longstanding dominance of Pan Am, TWA and other “legacy” airlines that ruled the skies prior to deregulation in 1978. MGM Grand was based in the LAX Imperial Terminal, site of today’s Flight Path Museum, and featured all-VIP service between Los Angeles and New York. America West later became part of American Airlines.
Ditchey served as vice president at both America West and MGM Grand in their formative years, drawing on previous executive experience at Pan Am and National Airlines, according to Agnes Huff, PhD, Flight Path President. He was involved in FAA certification and oversight of aircraft maintenance and airline operations.
“Today’s airline industry is the result of the tumultuous era of deregulation,” said Huff. “Robert Ditchey has been a major player with much of interest to tell us.”
Ditchey’s background also includes experience as a U. S. Navy pilot and work as an aircraft and airline litigation expert witness for more than 50 law firms. He is an alumnus of the U.S. Naval Academy with graduate degrees in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Post-Graduate School and Caltech.
|.Flight Path Museum at LAX taps Heidi Brown for Board of Directors|
|South Bay realtor and former airline professional brings
wealth of fundraising experience
|LOS ANGELES – (Apr. 8, 2019) – Heidi Brown, a South Bay real estate professional and former airline flight attendant, was elected to the board of directors of the Flight Path Museum and Learning Center at Los Angeles International Airport during the board’s recent meeting.
Brown was previously employed as a flight attendant for 15 years with Pacific Southwest Airlines and U.S. Air, based in San Diego and Los Angeles. She served as lead flight attendant and participated in numerous airline public relations and marketing activities. Currently, Brown is a real estate associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. During eight years of service, she has achieved International President’s Circle and International Silver Circle, placing her among the top two percent of real estate agents nationwide.
“With Heidi’s impressive background not only in aviation, but in business, her expertise will be a tremendous asset to our board as we work towards our vision for a world class museum,” said Agnes Huff, PhD, Flight Path Museum president. “Her enthusiasm is contagious, and we welcome her involvement to help us grow our footprint in Southern California and continue to expand our educational and outreach programs.”
Brown also has been active in numerous charitable and community organizations, including the Palos Verdes Junior Women’s Club, Parent Teachers Association, Laker Wives, Lunada Bay Little League, Los Hermanos and the Palos Verdes High School football auxiliary. She is married, has two grown sons and resides in Rolling Hills Estates.
Flight Path Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., except major holidays, in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free for members. For more information, visit the website at www.flightpathmuseum.com or call (424) 646-7284.
The museum is operated by nonprofit Flight Path in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the agency which operates LAX. Flight Path Museum’s mission includes the preservation of Southern California’s aviation and aerospace heritage, as well as encouragement and assistance to those pursuing education and careers in aviation and aerospace.