Insights from Charlie Bravo Aviation

The World's First Armless Pilot

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf on Sep 19, 2016 5:08:58 PM

After learning Jessica Cox’s story, you’ll likely find you have no excuse…for anything. Cox is the world’s first licensed armless pilot. Yes, armless. She’s the first armless black belt in the history of the American Taekwondo Association. She can play the piano, put her own contact lenses in, scuba dive, and text on her cell phone: all with her feet. She also has a completely unrestricted driver’s license from the state of Arizona, which inspired the invention of what is called the “Lower Extremity Vehicle Navigation Control System,” allowing people to drive cars without using their upper body. In 2014, she completed a lifelong dream by competing in El Tour de Tucson, a bike race in Arizona, using a custom tricycle.

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Topics: Women in Aviation

Selecting a New Interior for A Citation X

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf on Sep 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Depending on the age, total time, and the quality of maintenance a pre-owned aircraft has received, you may or may not need to replace its interior upon purchasing. René recently made the trip to West Star Aviation on behalf of one of our clients to assist in selecting an interior design for a soon-to-be purchased Citation X.

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Topics: Buying Your Own Plane, Buying a Private Jet, Aircraft Interiors

Saying Goodbye to the Queen of New York Aviation

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf on Aug 29, 2016 6:03:05 PM

In 2009, Susan Baer became the first female Director of Aviation for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, running the area’s three biggest airports: LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark Liberty, as well as the smaller Stewart International and Teterboro Airports. Baer was the first person, regardless of gender, to manage all three of New York’s major airports, and was the first woman to manage the Lincoln Tunnel, a tunnel that runs under the Hudson River from New York to New Jersey. She also served on the International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA) with our CEO René Banglesdorf.

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Topics: Women in Aviation

René Banglesdorf Featured on

Posted by Keith Sparks on Aug 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

René was featured on for an article she wrote about helicopter travel at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Check it out here:

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Topics: Charlie Bravo In The News

What Makes a Plane Single-Pilot Certified?

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf on Aug 24, 2016 12:41:43 PM

Single-pilot aircraft operation is all about flexibility and convenience. And even though the insurance premiums might be higher with single-pilot operations, the cost savings are significant. Single-pilot jets have progressed a lot through the years, and today, there are a number of turbine-powered aircraft flying with just one pilot. Here’s how they qualify: 

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Topics: Buying Your Own Plane, Regulations in Flight