SXSW’s Powerful but Under-Recognized Speaker Elaine Chao

Charlie Bravo Aviation CEO René Banglesdorf was fortunate enough to meet U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on Tuesday, March 12 as she spoke on behalf of the Department of Transportation for an event at Austin's South by Southwest (SXSW).   Below is René's firsthand account of the experience. Creative Film. Check. Impactful Music. Check. [...]

By |2019-03-12T16:15:18-05:00March 12th, 2019|1 Comment

Brooke Earns Her Wings

Curt and René’s daughter, Brooke, just hit a huge milestone in flight school on Wednesday, officially “earning her wings” by receiving her private pilot’s license, allowing her to fly just about anywhere in the country in a single-engine aircraft. Although the process from her first solo to earning her PPL was a relatively quick one, [...]

By |2018-09-24T16:45:59-05:00September 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Brooke Takes Her First Solo Flight

This blog is part of a series on Brooke Banglesdorf, Curt and René’s daughter, who moved to Florida in March 2018 to become a full-time student at Flight Safety International in Vero Beach. For more, search “Brooke Banglesdorf” in our blog’s sidebar. After a wait that was longer than she had hoped, Brooke was finally [...]

By |2018-07-26T17:23:43-05:00July 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Brooke Banglesdorf Takes to the Skies in a Rainstorm

This blog is part of a series on Brooke Banglesdorf, Curt and René’s daughter, who moved to Florida in March 2018 to become a full-time student at Flight Safety International in Vero Beach. For more, search “Brooke Banglesdorf” in our blog’s sidebar. Brooke recently had an interesting experience in the air, dealing with her first [...]

By |2018-06-20T16:02:27-05:00June 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Press Conference Slip-Up

Comments like the one uttered in a press conference earlier this week by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker give me pause on encouraging my daughter’s pursuit of a career in aviation. At a meeting of airline chiefs in Sydney, Al Baker, who is the new chief of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) said [...]

By |2018-06-07T15:15:47-05:00June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

René Banglesdorf Introduces Governor General of Canada

There’s something powerful about a woman who is comfortable with who she is. That appeal is especially noticeable in the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada. I had the privilege of emceeing an event several weeks ago at which Her Excellency presented the keynote speech. Her disarming manner completely charmed an audience of [...]

By |2018-05-02T16:29:36-05:00May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Brooke Heads to Flight Safety International

Over the past few months, a lot has changed for Curt and René’s daughter, Brooke, who’s looking to become a pilot. Just a few weeks ago, Brooke officially made the move to Vero Beach, Florida, to attend Flight Safety International. At Flight Safety International, Brooke will be a full-time student, as opposed to taking sporadic [...]

By |2018-03-23T17:47:17-05:00March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments