|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.
|Flight Path Museum Board Welcomes Two New Directors
Nate Morrissey & Carly Allen bring extensive travel and business expertise
|LOS ANGELES – (Mar. 7, 2019) – Two talented aviation and travel business professionals were elected to the board of directors of the Flight Path Museum at Los Angeles International Airport during the board’s recent meeting. Carly Allen, executive vice president of Global Travel Magazine, and Nate Morrissey, owner-operator of Blue Sky Estate Services, began their service immediately, according to Agnes Huff, PhD, Flight Path Museum president.
Allen’s professional background includes international travel marketing and business development, and work as a private aviation advisor and internet sales manager. Her clients have ranged from Los Angeles to Mexico City to Seoul, South Korea. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in organizational communications and marketing.
Morrissey’s resume includes work as a corporate jet pilot, FAA safety inspector and program manager, college aviation instructor, and aviation marketing volunteer for Orbis International’s Flying Eye Hospital. Since 2007 he has owned and operated Blue Sky Estate Services assisting seniors transitioning to retirement communities and families closing out estates.
“Carly and Nate each bring a wealth of knowledge and broad experience to Flight Path,” said Huff. “Both have been faithful and enthusiastic supporters of the museum. Now we look forward to working with them as valued members of our board.”
Flight Path 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 information call (424) 646-7284, email email@example.com or visit the website www.flightpathmuseum.com
The museum is operated by nonprofit Flight Path in cooperation with Los Angeles World Airports, the agency which operates LAX. Flight Path’s mission includes the preservation of Southern California’s aviation heritage as well as encouragement and assistance to those pursuing education and careers in aviation and aerospace.
|Flight Path Museum Board Names 2019 Officers|
|At a recent meeting of Flight Path Museum’s board of director’s meeting, Agnes Huff, PhD was elected president and board chair of the nonprofit organization. Flight Path operates an aviation and aerospace history museum and learning center in the Imperial Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
A resident of Playa del Rey, Huff has served on the Flight Path board for more than three years, most recently as corporate secretary. She founded her own public relations and marketing firm in 1995 and has worked with airlines, airports and affiliated aviation companies for more than 25 years. Her firm serves a variety of clients in aviation and other industries, specializing in strategic marketing and crisis management.
The new Flight Path board president is a former flight attendant for Pacific Southwest Airlines and USAir, served as president of the Aero Club of Southern California and remains active in professional and community organizations.
“Flight Path has been called a hidden gem among aviation museums,” said Huff. “I look forward to working with our board members, staff and volunteers to make the museum a more valuable, enjoyable and better-known destination for visitors and the entire aviation community.”
Other newly elected Flight Path officers are Lori Keir of Westchester, vice president; Robert E. Smith of Hawthorne, chief financial officer and treasurer; and Robert Acherman of Torrance, corporate secretary. Lynne Adelman of Westchester is immediate past president.
Re-elected to new three-year terms on the board were Lynne Adelman, John Burke, Therese Gegesi, Ethel Pattison, Robert Slusser and Steve Soukup. Other board members include Lisa Arinwine, Jean-Christophe Dick, Barbara Keller, Ron Kochevar, Kena Liggins-Tompkins and Nancy Niles.
The board also approved Kevin Burciaga to be the new museum manager. Burciaga is former director of the Rancho Dominguez Adobe Museum. Working closely with him will be past president Lynne Adelman and Lori Keir, who coordinates Flight Path’s volunteer program, the primary source of museum staffing.
|“RPM – Routine, Professionalism and Magic”
with William B. Scott, Nov. 3rd
|Our Saturday, November 3rd speaker is William B. (Bill) Scott, a full-time author and consultant. His topic is “RPM – Routine, Professionalism and Magic.” RPM is a collection of tales from 40+ years of flying as a pilot, Air Force crew member, flight test engineer, and aerospace reporter. He retired as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology, following a 22+ year career with the international magazine. He also served as Senior National Editor in Washington, and in Avionics and Senior Engineering Editor positions in Los Angeles. He covered advanced aerospace and weapons technology, business, flight testing and military operations, wrote more than 2,500 stories for the magazine, and received 17 editorial awards.
Bill is a Flight Test Engineer (FTE) graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and a licensed commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings. In 12 years of military and civilian flight testing, plus evaluating aircraft for Aviation Week, he logged approximately 2,000 hours of flight time on 80 aircraft types
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The Speaker Series are free one-hour presentations offered by Flight Path Museum where we host speakers on engaging and inspiring aviation and aerospace-related topics.
We look forward to seeing you!
Free admission and free parking.
|Gala Ticket Sales Are Now Closed|