Major Gift Endows Research Chair at FSF

 - January 30, 2009, 5:58 AM

The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has received a gift of $1 million from the estate of long-time FBO Manuel Maciel, most of which will be used to fund the new Manuel S. Maciel Chair for Aviation Safety Research at the FSF. A portion of the grant will be used to develop ways to improve the safety of helicopter emergency medical services.

“The research he has funded will drive safety improvements in helicopter emergency medical services for years to come,” said FSF president and CEO William Voss. “His contribution will help keep people safe on the worst day of their lives. The research chair funded by Mr. Maciel will ensure that we will always be able to focus resources on the most pressing safety issues.”

In addition, the FSF announced that plans are in the works to enlarge the endowment with matching contributions to advance the work of the Manuel S. Maciel Chair for Aviation Safety Research.

An immigrant from the Azores, Maciel was a private pilot who started his 50-year aviation career in California at the Sonoma County Airport fueling airplanes. He went on to own his own facility, Manny’s Sonoma Aviation, transforming the small fueling service to a full FBO serving general aviation in Santa Rosa, Calif.