LINKS Named New Agency of Record for Airline Group Air France-KLM in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, DISTRITO FEDERAL, MEXICO, January 16, 2019 / — Mexico City, January 15, 2018.- Air France – KLM recently announced that LINKS Travel Trade, Marketing & Public Relations, a global communications agency specializing in the Tourism and Travel sector, has been named as the airline group’s agency of record (AOR). With deep knowledge in the Latin American and Caribbean markets, LINKS will develop Air France – KLM ‘s communications strategy specifically for the Mexico market beginning January 2019.

"Air France – KLM is committed to the active development of the tourism industry in Mexico, as well as providing its customers with the world’s best travel experiences. It’s an honor for us to work with them and promote their values through a professional communication and public relations strategy,” stated Edward De Valle II, Senior Partner of LINKS Travel Trade, Marketing & Public Relations.

"In 2019 we will continue to innovate the country's aviation and tourism industry and we want travelers to know all the advantages of flying with us. As part of our commitment to the Mexican market, at Air France-KLM we take a new step in our communications and public relations strategy with LINKS, "added Helvia González, head of the Communication Department of Air France-KLM in Mexico.

LINKS Travel Trade, Marketing & Public Relations has established itself as one of the leading communication and representation firms in the tourism industry throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. LINKS offers highly competitive solutions for businesses looking to develop global strategies. The agency’s portfolio of clients includes, but is not limited to: the Ministry of Tourism of Israel, the Tourism Office of New Zealand, the Department of Tourism of the Cayman Islands and luxury hotels and resorts within the Highgate portfolio, among others.

LINKS Travel Trade, Marketing & Public Relations is headquartered in Miami with additional offices throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Los Angeles, México, New York, Panamá and Perú.

A Member of the Pangaea Network, an international travel public relations and representative network specializing in creating integrated, cohesive campaigns for travel clients in 24 markets across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia; LINKS is among other distinguished travel PR, marketing, and representation specialists granting clients local insight, contacts, knowledge, and experience in global tourism.

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Khronos Calls for Industry Feedback on Potential Standardization Initiative for Heterogeneous Communications

Seeking feedback from automotive, robotics, aerospace, industrial, medical and IoT developers; The Takyon API, by Abaco Systems

PORTLAND, OREGON, UNITED STATES, January 16, 2019 / — The Khronos® Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies creating advanced acceleration standards, today announces a request for industry feedback to gauge interest in developing a new low-level, heterogeneous communications open standard that could transform the way applications are developed for High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) systems. If there is industry support, then Khronos would create a working group and invite any interested company to participate for a voice and a vote in creating and evolving a multi-vendor standard under Khronos’ proven multi-company governance process. Those interested in finding out more and providing feedback are invited to visit the Khronos Heterogeneous Communication feedback page.

Target users for this new standard would include developers in aerospace, automotive, robotics, industrial, medical and Internet of Things (IoT) markets that wish to focus on algorithm development–not communication intricacies–but need the performance and flexibility of low-level point-to-point protocols with the simplicity of high-level point-to-point methodologies. Implementers of the standard could include chip, board and system hardware manufacturers and embedded software tool and OS vendors. The goal would be to unify low-level communication into a simple API with the aim of reducing application complexity, minimizing development costs, and accelerating time-to-market.

If Khronos forms a working group to address this opportunity, any participating company will be invited to submit design contributions to be discussed and integrated by the working group members. Khronos has already received one such design proposal: the Takyon API from Abaco Systems.

”Khronos has created a methodical exploratory process to enable us to take well-formed proposals for new open standards and evaluate industry interest before we create a working group to develop the standard itself. This process allows us to focus the resources of our members, and of the industry, on efforts that stand an excellent chance of being widely-adopted and having a positive market impact,” said Neil Trevett, Khronos president. ”We thank Abaco for initiating this investigation, and we look forward to engaging with the embedded industry to gauge the interest in evolving this potential new open standard.”

Takyon unifies low-level point-to-point communication and signaling functionality with just five core functions, making it easy to learn and use. Takyon enables programmers to quickly develop high-performance, scalable, portable, and fault-tolerant applications running across complex systems. Takyon builds on Abaco’s expertise in advanced embedded software, among which is its AXIS software development environment, the foundation for Takyon. More details and resources on the proposed Takyon API, including a user's guide and a free open source implementation, can be found on the Khronos Heterogeneous Communication feedback page.

“Current HPEC communication APIs are typically focused on a particular hardware interconnect/architecture, or a specific thread/process/processor/application locality. Some are very complex, requiring hundreds of lines of code just to handle simple concepts. Others intend to be simple, but get deceptively complex in real-world use cases. Still others mask important, underlying features which can ultimately impact latency and determinism,” said Peter Thompson, vice president, product marketing at Abaco. “There is no single standard that fits all localities and features – resulting in high development costs, ill-fated shortcuts, and confused embedded HPEC developers. We believe that this effort by Khronos has the potential to address this problem with a simple but elegant API that could become a key open standard.”

About the Khronos Group
The Khronos Group is an open industry consortium of over 140 leading hardware and software companies creating advanced, royalty-free, acceleration standards for 3D graphics, Augmented and Virtual Reality, vision processing and machine learning. Khronos standards include Vulkan®, OpenGL®, OpenGL® ES, OpenGL® SC, WebGL™, SPIR-V™, OpenCL™, SYCL™, OpenVX™, NNEF™, COLLADA™, OpenXR™ and glTF™. Khronos members are enabled to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge accelerated platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.

About Abaco Systems
With more than 30 years’ experience, Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. We create innovative, modular solutions based on open standards that are characterized by outstanding price/performance, ultimate rugged reliability and minimal SWaP. Our goal is to be a significant contributor to our customers’ success, partnering with them to reduce cost, time-to-deployment and risk and supporting them over the long term. With an active presence in hundreds of national asset platforms on land, sea and in the air, Abaco Systems is trusted where it matters most.

Khronos, EGL, glTF, NNEF, OpenVG, OpenVX, OpenXR, SPIR, SPIR-V, SYCL, Vulkan and WebGL are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Khronos Group Inc. OpenCL is a trademark of Apple Inc. and OpenGL and OpenML are registered trademarks and the OpenGL ES and OpenGL SC logos are trademarks of Hewlett Packard Enterprise used under license by Khronos. All other product names, trademarks, and/or company names are used solely for identification and belong to their respective owners.

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BAE Systems sign up for Air Mission Planning and Support Conference as Gold Sponsors

Air Mission Planning and Support 2019

Air Mission Planning and Support 2019

SMi Reports: Industry leader BAE Systems announced as Gold Sponsors of SMi’s 10th annual Air Mission Planning and Support Conference, alongside Leonardo.

LONDON, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 16, 2019 / — SMi are delighted to welcome aboard their latest Gold Sponsor for this year's 10th Annual Air Mission Planning and Support Conference as BAE Systems, taking place in London, UK on the 9th and 10th April.

BAE Systems, who are returning sponsors from last year's successful event and are joining Leonardo in the Gold Sponsor line-up, help their customers stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information.

BAE Systems also created Sceptre, an Advanced Mission Planning System with a combined Mission Planning & Debriefing system, acting as a vital aid to improved command and control, influence and success in the battlefield.

This year’s two-day conference is set to explore emerging aircraft technologies, strategies and future platforms to take Air Mission Planning into the next generation, providing agile end-to-end mission support.

Delegates will hear from an international expert speaker line-up as the two-day meeting will host key decision-makers from the UK, USA, Canada, Air Force Materiel Command, NATO, France, MCCE, Greece, and more. Attendees will receive comprehensive coverage of mission planning in C2 systems, and in fixed and rotary wing, as well as 5th generation fighters, data management, and cyber security.

Featured 2019 Conference Expert Speakers:

• Group Captain Richard Yates, COS Air Battle Staff, Royal Air Force
• Captain Craig Dorrans, Enterprise Planning Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, US Navy
• Colonel Mark G. Roberts, 22 Wing Commander, Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Royal Canadian Air Force
• Colonel (ret’d) George Riebling, Deputy General Manager, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Programme Management Agency (NAPMA)
• Colonel Etienne Faury, Chief of Planning Office, French Air Force
• And many more

As the military’s dependence on air power increases, commanders and procurers of air assets must continue to seek means of enhancing the combat effectiveness of their platforms via effective mission planning and real time support.

The event brochure, past attendees list, and more exclusive content is available to download on the website. To register and view the latest brochure, please visit

Book before 31st January to save £200.

Air Mission Planning and Support
9th – 10th April 2019
St James' Court, Buckingham Gate, London, UK

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Glassbox Digital Adds Singapore Airlines to Its Global Customer Base and Ramps-up Its Presence in Commercial Aviation

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Real-time visibility of customer behaviour drives the development of an increasingly sophisticated online experience

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 16, 2019 / — Glassbox today announced that its industry-leading Digital Customer Management solution, has been chosen by Singapore Airlines (SIA), Skytrax world’s best airline, to improve its web customer experiences.

Glassbox provides Singapore Airlines with real-time insights on customer user experience and issues faced on the web platform. This helps the airline to identify the reasons behind challenges encountered throughout the various transactions, so that these can be addressed accordingly.

“We are extremely proud to have been selected by Singapore Airlines and to contribute to their ability to deliver a worldwide renowned customer experience. Glassbox’ digital customer management solutions are gaining terrific momentum in the travel, hospitality and leisure industry. The flexibility and robustness of our platform have proven pivotal in winning important global accounts such as SIA and we are committed to continue enriching our offerings to match our customer’s ever-evolving needs”, commented Yaron Morgenstern, Chief Executive Officer at Glassbox Digital when asked about the deal.

About Glassbox
Glassbox empowers organizations to manage and optimize the entire digital lifecycle of their web and mobile customers. By leveraging unparalleled big data, behavioural analytics, session replay, free-text search and application monitoring capabilities, Glassbox enables enterprises to see not only what online and mobile customers are doing but also why they are doing it. Most importantly, Glassbox informs and facilitates action based on those insights that can lead to enhanced customer experience, faster customer disputes resolution, improved regulatory compliance, and agile IT troubleshooting. Glassbox’s solutions are used by medium to very large enterprises across a wide range of verticals, including telecommunications, financial services, insurance, healthcare, travel, hospitality and business services.
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Author and Aviatrix MayCay Beeler Encourages Women to Fly High in 2019

Founder of The Diva Flight Experience in Greensboro, North Carolina

MayCay Beeler, the founder of The Diva Flight Experience in Greensboro, North Carolina, urges women to embrace their inner diva and conquer their fears in 2019

WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2019 / — Author, aviatrix, and Allen Media Strategies client MayCay Beeler is a record-breaking pilot, former full-time tv anchor, and multi-award-winning author for her international best-selling true crime novel Buccaneer – The Provocative Odyssey of Jack Reed – Adventurer, Drug Smuggler, and Pilot Extraordinaire.

MayCay’s life is worthy of its own novel. She’s done everything from roping cattle in Wyoming to sky diving with Navy SEALs to piloting passenger planes and training sheriff’s air support pilots in North Carolina to experiencing a chance encounter with a drug smuggler that would change her life.

What Beeler is focused on now is bringing the empowering gift of flight to women who need a boost of self-confidence. The Diva Flight Experience is the brainchild of MayCay Beeler and the female empowerment experience of a lifetime. While you may not decide to ditch your current job and become a pilot (only about 5 percent of licensed pilots are women) what you will do is give yourself a massive confidence boost that will set you up to achieve great things in 2019. So often, women lose themselves in the race to be the perfect wife, mother, employee, boss, or whatever that they forget they are glorious divas. MayCay Beeler helps women unleash their inner diva with wings, pilot wings that is. Women that embrace the Diva Flight Experience learn that taking control of the cockpit is a metaphor for taking control of your life. To learn more about MayCay Beeler, her book “Buccaneer,” and The Diva Flight Experience, visit

Allen Media Strategies is an award-winning Washington, D.C. media, marketing, and public relations firm that represents authors, entertainers, speakers, and subject matter experts around the world. Find out more at

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Multinational ship agency in Namibia embraced systematic approach to compliance with QMS requirements through MyEasyISO

MyEasyISO’s integrated modules & its robust reporting feature does not only provide the organizations to gain visibility but also drives continuous improvement”

— Kaushal Sutaria

VALLEY COTTAGE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2019 / — In 2006, this company was formed and functioned as clearing agents to meet specialized requirements that accompany shipping of perishable products within the industry. The company strives to continue the legacy of service excellence within their shipping agency, in addition to the clearing and forwarding industry as a whole. Today, it offers a range of shipping services, including ships’ agency, customs clearing, freight forwarding, and logistics services, and act as customs clearing agents through offices across the country. They also operate via reliable partners in many smaller Southern African ports.

As a shipping company with years of experience, they are versed in safety, commercial and legislative requirements and regulations of South African and Namibian ports. It ensures that its clients’ vessels comply fully with these requirements to prevent any delay by ensuring that the actions are taken, and information provided, are correct and appropriate.

“We have successfully done this continuing compliance because of MyEasyISO QMS Software. A very reliable software,” said General Manager.

MyEasyISO QMS software provides a comprehensive and in-depth view of organizational processes through multiple reports and dashboards. It has global access to documents and records from anywhere around the world making the software easily accessed.

“MyEasyISO’s integrated modules and its robust reporting feature does not only provide the organizations to gain visibility but also drives continuous improvement and helps them to achieve their business objectives," said Kaushal Sutaria, Senior Manager of MyEasyISO.

MyEasyISO is suitable and recommended for small to medium-sized organizations with limited resources and unlimited ambitions. It offers rapid deployment and implementation with unmatched cost effectiveness.
MyEasyISO has a unified platform for all the processes, offices, business units, and employees. Its centralized task management, alert management, and notification enable workflow ensures optimum communication.

About MyEasyISO

MyEasyISO is a customer first choice Governance – Risk – Compliance software solution that offers powerful platforms to augment Quality, Environment, Health and Safety management systems. It offers flexible deployment models in the cloud or on-premise for several industries such as aviation, construction, oil and gas, chemical, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, energy and utilities, food and beverage, manufacturing and more.

MyEasyISO helps in achieving ISO certification so you can manage regulations and standards like ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001, ISO 17025, ISO 13485, ISO 22000 and many others.

To find out more visit or email your queries to

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Effivity Technologies LLC
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VREF Aircraft Reference Value & Appraisal Services Announces New additions to Upper Management

VREF continues its 25th Anniversary celebration by naming two new key senior staff members to its team.

We are honored to have Dick on board at VREF. His wealth of knowledge, and commitment to the betterment of our industry provided an easy transition into the VREF ”

— Jason Zilberbrand, President & CTO

CHICAGO, IL, USA, January 15, 2019 / —
VREF Aircraft Reference Value & Appraisal Services, the leading provider of aircraft valuations for the aviation industry, continues its 25th Anniversary celebration by naming two new key senior staff members to its team.

Richard “Dick” Hart, NAAA & AM, was appointed to Chief Helicopter Appraiser. Prior to joining VREF, Richard was President of National Helicopter Service & Engineering Company, Elite Helicopter Tours and his family’s Aerial Motion Picture business and full service charter company, which was established in 1957. Richard brings over 40 years of Helicopter experience to VREF, and has completed thousands of aircraft appraisals, as well as being one of Aviation’s leading expert witnesses. “We are honored to have Dick on board at VREF. His wealth of knowledge, and commitment to the betterment of our industry provided an easy transition into the VREF team where he will be in charge of the Helicopter Appraisal division,” said Jason Zilberbrand, VREF President and CTO.

In addition, Jeremy Cox, NAAA, has been appointed to the position Senior Aircraft Appraiser. Prior to joining VREF, Jeremy was the Vice President of JetBrokers, Inc. Jeremy brings over 40 years of aviation experience to VREF. He holds valid A&P, IA, and FCC licenses as well as a Commercial Certificate with Instrument Rating. Jeremy is actively involved in the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the Popular Flying Association, the EAA and AOPA. Jeremy started his career in aviation at the age of 9 and has worked for several major OEM’s. He was formerly the Vice President at a St. Louis based full service FBO and MRO. His diverse technical and operational experience includes North Atlantic aircraft delivery experience, S.T.C. approval processing, government contract negotiation and awards, FAA coordination and extensive maintenance experience on light sport through Air Carrier aircraft.

“Jeremy Cox and Richard Hart are welcome additions to our team at VREF. They have a passion for appraisal work, and they are dedicated to the industry. It is a pleasure working with people that continue to immerse themselves in continuing education and making our industry a better one,” said Ken Dufour, ASA and CEO of VREF.

During the yearlong VREF 25th anniversary celebration, VREF will reflect upon the dedication and support of clients, colleagues, partners and staff who brought VREF to where they are today as the most trusted valuation guide in aviation.

VREF is the Official Valuation Guide for the AOPA.

About VREF

VREF –Aviation’s Most Trusted Valuation Guide offers its real-time valuation tool Aircraft online via subscription as well as Fully Comprehensive Appraisal Services by ASA’s and the VREF Verified “Carfax” Report.

For further enquiries or interviews please contact the VREF team.

Jason Zilberbrand
VREF Aircraft Value Reference & Appraisal Services
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New Embedded Controller CPU includes IEEE-1588 synchronization, Solid-State Drives & Hardware Encrypted Security

UEIPAC Embedded Controllers

UEIPAC Embedded Controllers

United Electronic Industries (UEI) today announced the UEIPAC series of standalone embedded controllers now offers an optional 8347E CPU.

WALPOLE, MA, USA, January 14, 2019 / — United Electronic Industries (UEI) today announced the UEIPAC series of standalone embedded controllers now offers an optional 8347E CPU. This version includes IEEE-1588 synchronization, solid-state hard drives up to 32 Gigabyte, hardware-based Ethernet encryption plus twice the RAM, and 32 times as much FLASH memory.

The UEIPAC Cube and RACK chassis systems offer an unprecedented combination of flexibility, ruggedness, low cost and small size. The unit is an ideal solution in a wide variety of measurement and control applications including: Temperature control, Remote/unmanned vehicle control, Hardware in-the-loop (HIL) and more. The UEIPAC is also an ideal solution for a host of embedded DAQ applications as it allows systems to be developed without the cost or the additional space required by an external host computer. The UEIPAC supports both VxWorks and Linux operating systems.

The new CPU is available on all UEI platforms including their popular Cube, RACKtangle and FlatRACK chassis. Over 70 different I/O boards are available and may be installed in the UEIPAC chassis. The I/O boards include standard, generic analog and digital I/O, ICP/IEPE, Strain, LVDT/RVDT, Synchro/Resolver, CAN-bus, RS-232/422/485 and many more. There are also interface boards for popular avionics buses including ARINC 429/453/708, MIL-STD-1553 and AFDX.

Pricing for industrial rated chassis start at, $2595 for the three I/O slot UEIPAC 300-1G-03, $2795 for the six I/O slot UEIPAC 600-1G, and $4750 for the 12 I/O slot UEIPAC 1200R-03. Chassis designed for military applications start at $20,700.

Call 508-921-4600 or email for delivery options.

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About United Electronic Industries
United Electronic Industries (UEI) collects real-world data for Aerospace, Energy, Transportation and Defense industries so our customers can build smart systems that are reliable, flexible and rugged.

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United Electronic Industries
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Stephanie Morgan of Lewiston, Idaho Continues to Soar Throughout her Aviation Career

Stephanie Morgan Lewiston

For over a year, Stephanie Morgan has worked diligently to propel her career in aviation.

LEWISTON, IDAHO, USA, January 14, 2019 / — The last year and a half have proven to be a thrilling upward accent in the career for Stephanie Morgan of Lewiston, Idaho. While it has not been an easy feat, it has certainly been rewarding. Morgan has become an asset to the aviation field; through her work and her willingness to inspire others.

While Stephanie Morgan is far from finished pursuing her goals, she is proud of her accomplishments thus far. Morgan’s efforts have proven essential in her progress. Doors are opening for her that she would have never thought she would achieve access to so quickly.

Early Career

May 2017 marked the month that began Stephanie Morgan’s journey. It was at this time that Stephanie Morgan was hired as a manager for the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport Authority. Morgan was highly qualified for her position. Yet, having this responsibility was still a progressive and exciting step for Morgan.

However, she excelled with ease, falling into the position with tact and grace. Stephanie Morgan was more than ready to accept this challenge. Therefore, accolades she received, as a result, came as no surprise.

Recent Personal Achievement

Even though her educational and field experience gave Stephanie Morgan the proper qualifications for the job, she is always learning. Therefore, as a personal challenge and to help further her occupational prospects, Morgan became a Certified Member of the AAAE. This is no small feat. This achievement is decided by occupational prerequisites, specific knowledge retention, and a test.

While becoming a Certified Member of the AAAE is an honor, it is not a direct bump in a career. Rather, it helps boost a certified person’s reputation. This allows people like Morgan to meet with highly-regarded people in her field routinely. Thus, she has the opportunity to make important connections.

All Women CEO Panel

There was a specific CEO panel at the AMAC in Seattle which received a plethora of attention throughout the convention. This was due to the panel being the first of its kind; The panel was entirely female. One of those female industry professionals was none other than Stephanie Morgan of Lewiston, Idaho.

The six women are all revered within their field. Therefore, they were able to have a deep, bountiful discussion on their panel. This all-female panel was the first of many to follow, which brings new insight and perspective to the industry. These women set a precedent for a new era in the aviation industry. Stephanie Morgan is proud to be an active contributor to that new era.

To close, Stephanie Morgan of Lewiston, Idaho is extremely proud of her achievements. All her efforts prove to be paying off quickly and effectively. Morgan’s hard work is rewarded both by her direct superiors and the industry. Plus, Morgan is making a life for herself while following her dreams. Throughout this journey, Morgan is learning that the greatest reward is coming as a result of hard work and accomplishment.

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They brought a helicopter overhead, using an anchor to unfold the seats, known as ‘Tree Penetration’ and it looks like a big lead teardrop. This was designed to penetrate the forests of Vietnam.”

— Rich Cummings

SOUTHERN PINES, NORTH CAROLINA, USA, January 9, 2019 / — Richard “Rich” Cummings is a respected, admired, honored and appreciated Real Estate Agent with Towering Pines Real Estate in Southern Pines, North Carolina. He is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a Jet Pilot. Rich was born in Yonkers, New York, and grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University, majoring in Industrial Technology and Aviation Technology and acquired two separate licenses; the Air Frame and Power-plant (A&P) licenses for Jet Engines. He worked as an electrician’s apprentice and took private Pilot lessons while studying Aviation Mechanics.

Rich was in the AFROTC program and then enlisted in the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. He says, “The Vietnam War was in full effect and my number came up. Growing up, my uncle flew a single-engine airplane and I loved it. I had a deep fascination with flying airplanes because of that experience." While in the ROTC, Rich was a cadet with the 205th Detachment. He trained at Laredo Air Force Base in Texas where he was assigned to a 38-student pilot training school. He learned basic flying and flew Jet T-37 while learning the aircraft systems, hydraulics, electronics, and engine avionics. He flew in a two-seater side by side with the instructor and learned how to take off, soar and land. He then went on to the High-Speed Supersonic and Tran-sonic T-38 Jets, learning formation flying with two planes that overlapped wings 2 feet apart traveling at the Speed of Sound.

Rich graduated in July 1973, and his first assignment was at Little Rock Arkansas Air Force Base on the C- 130 where he was a Pilot, Co-Pilot, Flight Engineer, Navigator, Load-master and Crew Chief. His first assignment was at the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, is a base of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) in northeast Thailand, approximately 250 km (157 mi) northeast of Bangkok. Prior to that, Rich went to First Survival Training in Homestead, Florida, where he learned to survive in the ocean. He says, “In WWII, Pilots were afraid to bail out of the aircraft, so our mission was to take the fear out of the unknown. We bobbed around in the ocean for over 8 hours before being rescued. They brought a helicopter overhead, using an anchor to unfold the seats, known as ‘Tree Penetration’ and it looks like a big lead teardrop. We strapped in and were pulled up out of the water. This was designed to penetrate the forests of Vietnam.” Rich also went to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, to learn basic survival in the woods, including eating bugs, starting fires and building shelters to stay away from the enemy. Then onto Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines to learn Jungle Survival. Once finished with that duty, he married his high school sweetheart, Peggy.

While stationed at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Rich was assigned to Unit ADCCC – Airborne Command Control Center – where he was the Pilot who flew the “Intel” on board to monitor ground traffic on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which was a Military supply route running from North Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia to South Vietnam. The route sent weapons, manpower, ammunition, and other supplies from Communist-led North Vietnam to their supporters in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He also flew the “Intel” over the Kong River in Cambodia and Thailand. There were two squads who led this Operation; 1) The Cricket Squad and 2) The Moonbeam Squad, which was Rich’s squad. One for the day, one for the night. In 1973 the entire Unit was relocated to the Philippines where Rich completed his Remote Tour. He was reassigned to Little Rock Air Force Base on the 62nd Tactical Airlift Squadron where he received his Aircraft Commander Rating for Pilots. He was then stationed in Decatur, Illinois, with the International Guard – 47th Aviation Branch where he flew Helicopters for the Army Unit.

Rich then decided to go into Administration and worked with the 183rd Tactical Group. He got an Honorable Discharge then reenlisted and transferred to New London, North Carolina, with the 235th ATC 5 Civilian Airfield where he worked in Communications, Radio Transmissions, and Radar Electronics. In 2002, he retired from the National Guard and reenlisted again with the Air Force Reserves in the 916 Civil Engineer Squadron at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base. In 2008, Rich officially retired from his Military career.

While in Little Rock, Arkansas, as a civilian, Rich had worked as an Inspector for Caterpillar Tractors so, upon retirement from the Air Force, he went back to work for Caterpillar in North Carolina as an Industrial Engineer.

Because of having traveled all around the world, buying and selling homes, Rich became interested in Real Estate and decided to become a Real Estate agent. He says, “Having a home is the most important thing in life. It’s your sanctuary. I wanted to be able to provide people with the best quality of service when they are looking to buy a home. Southern Pines is a beautiful place to live. The people are warm and friendly. We have the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, Reservoir Park, Southern Pines Brewing Company, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, The Creation Museum, and great Golf Courses, including Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines Golf Club, and Talamore Golf Course. I am honored to be the Realtor of choice for those who want to buy a home in our beautiful community”

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