Best Gifts For Pilots

Dave Pflieger highlights some of the best gifts you can purchase for your pilot and aviation-minded friends.

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Are you trying to choose a gift for the pilot in your life that’s both unique and personal? If you’re unfamiliar with the industry, selecting a gift can be difficult. This list will provide you with a variety of aviation gifts that the recipient is sure to enjoy!

Airplane Pop-Up Card

Searching for the perfect card to accompany your gift? Look no further! This card features a beautifully designed 3-D airplane that appears to take flight from the middle of the card once you open it. The card also includes unique details such as clouds and windows.

Aircraft Mount for GoPro

If your pilot also enjoys photography, consider purchasing this GoPro Mount for them. This one is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, and doesn’t require any other screws or fasteners to fit on their plane. They’ll be able to attach it to their aircraft and take breathtaking photos and videos of the skies.

Portable Charger

Is your pilot always on the move? If they’re often away from home, this portable charger is a great gift. This 26800mAh device yields an average of nine days of complete usage. It even comes with the ability to charge three devices at once!

Travel Adapter

If they travel out of a the country frequently, then a travel adapter is another great gift. This model features two outlets and two USB ports and is equipped with surge protection. It includes six types of international adapters, meaning that it’s compatible with outlets in North America, the United Kingdom, most of Europe, Australia, Japan, parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

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What You Need to Know About Working in Aviation

Dave Pflieger highlights some of the most important things you need to know if you’re working in aviation.

If you are passionate about flying and are looking to play an integral role in the ever-expanding aviation field, find out more about the kind of available airport jobs and get suggestions for preparing for aviation management jobs by reading this article.

What’s Aviation Management?

When you obtain a degree in aviation management, you’ll have the qualifications to oversee an airline, an airport, or a collection of airport maintenance workers and the day-to-day operations of each. Aviation managers also have the choice to work in the aeronautical engineering field to oversee aircraft manufacturing. Aviation is increasing as an overall field with a great number of openings projected to be possible in the upcoming years.

Types of Airport Roles

The demand for commercial and private pilots is expected to skyrocket in the next couple of decades because many of today’s pilots will retire and airlines need to prepare for the release of new aircraft. According to a 2018 Forbes publication, Boeing predicts that aviation is going to need 790,000 fresh pilots by 2037 to fulfill the growing demand. Pilots aren’t the sole aviation management position in observing demand.

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Dave Pflieger Featured In IdeaMensch

Dave Pflieger was recently featured in IdeaMensch.

Dave Pflieger, CEO of Ravn Alaska and entrepreneur, was recently featured in IdeaMensch. The website is well-known for its interviews with successful entrepreneurs. These interviews look to share wisdom and insight to future entrepreneurs.

Here is an excerpt:

Where did the idea for Virgin America come from?
The idea for Virgin America originated from the world-famous British billionaire, Richard Branson, who wanted to introduce his “Virgin” brand to the United States marketplace. Branson wanted a new, low-cost, high-frills airline in the United States.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
A typical day in both startups and turnarounds is pretty much like a firefighter parachuting into a forest fire and putting out fires; as I like to tell my team, it’s both a sprint and a marathon to either start a company or turn one around. Firstly, you have to put together a great team; secondly, you have to focus on the basics of whatever your business is all about; thirdly, you have to focus on the harder stuff (infrastructure, longer term stuff). The challenging part is that you have to do this all simultaneously, and you have to do them well.

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Boeing Has Recently Been Hacked

David Pflieger sheds some light on the recent Boeing hack.

The popular airline manufacturer Boeing has recently been hacked with malware that took out some of its automated manufacturing tools. The infected units are said to have been exclusive to plants in North Charleston, South Carolina. The tools were used as part of an assembly line that produces both a 787 Dreamliner model as well as a wing manufacturing assembly line. Here is a basic overview of the situation.

What Is Malware?

Malware is, in essence, malicious software. The sole function of malware is to infect a program and cause harm. Malware has no beneficial purposes and is designed by those who have a variety of ill intents. This can include but is not limited to:

  • Infecting Computers With Viruses
  • Installing Spyware
  • Installing Ransomware
  • Worms

All of these malware types can potentially damage a computer beyond repair. The motives of malware creators vary but usually involve seeking money in return for removing the malware.

What Is Being Done To Stop Future Attacks?

Boeing has stated that their cyber security team is ever vigilant about the possibility of cyber attacks. The team was able to quickly spot the intrusion and disable it before it was allowed to infect other areas of the business. Thousands of other expanding businesses are also beefing up their cyber security divisions to better protect all types of sensitive information.

Are These Hacks Becoming More Common?

Unfortunately, as technology improves, so does the technology at the disposal of cyber criminals. The number of malware attacks each year is on the rise. In fact, over 9 billion recorded malware attacks occurred on businesses and private citizens in 2017 alone. As these types of attacks continue, the defense against them will have to improve as well.

Businesses all over the world are facing hacking attempts each and every day. These companies will have to be more diligent about either hiring employees or outsourcing other businesses to better protect their own information as well as the sensitive information of consumers.