Les Arps is long gone, but his firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is still
FlightSafety's law firm. And Price Waterhouse is still our accounting firm.
The first annual report signed by Price Waterhouse was in 1955. It listed total revenues
of $177,096.34 and expenses that came to $176,818.93, making a net profit of $277.41.
We've been profitable every year since.
While the arrival of the Link Translator helped move us forward, it did not transform us
into a wild success. Many pilots were still unconvinced of the benefits of training on it
and with us. They seemed content to do some occasional airwork in the company plane or to
just not train at all.
That state of affairs began to change rapidly with the arrival of the turbine-powered
airplanes. When JetStars, Sabreliners, Gulfstreams and Learjets started coming on the
scene in the early 1960s, the whole tenor of business aviation changed. These were not
military hand-me-downs, not low-and-slow transports gussied up with overstuffed couches,
window curtains and a bar. These were sophisticated, high-altitude, high-speed machines
with price tags to match.