Bell Helicopter was at last month’s Heli-Expo in Las Vegas in force as usual, with a 412 and a 407 on display at its booth. At the static area, the Texas-based helicopter manufacturer had several new-design 427 mockups, an Eagle Eye UAV and a Bell 430. Another 430, along with a 427 and 407, was also available for customer flights from the convention center.
Interviews with people of interest in aerospace, including those in industry, government and AIN’s “Bizav Warriors.” Topics include announcements of personnel changes, awards and final departures.
Andre Dosé resigned his post as CEO of Swiss International Airlines last month amid a continuing investigation into the Nov. 21, 2001 crash of a Crossair Avro RJ100 near Basseldorf, Switzerland. Swiss chairman Pieter Bouw has replaced Dosé as CEO.
Early last month several hundred people attended a business aviation conference in Nagoya, Japan, focused on the planned opening early next year of Komaki Airport to business aviation. (For more on business aviation access in Japan, see “Washington Report” on page 102.) Among the speakers at the Nagoya conference was NBAA president Shelley Longmuir. Here are excerpts from her presentation.
Adam Aircraft named former Gulfstream and Cessna executive Joe Walker as its group president of commercial sales, as the Denver-based firm simultaneously develops the A500 centerline-thrust piston twin and A700 very light twinjet. Walker will “play a key role” in the expansion of the company’s marketing and customer support efforts, according to a company press release.
Keith Lewis, an employee of Stevens Aviation Donaldson Center in Greenville, S.C., was named the FAA 2004 Avionics Maintenance Technician of the Year for the southern region. The award is given annually for excellence in avionics maintenance and outstanding community contributions at the district, regional and national levels. Lewis joined Stevens Aviation in 1970 and has 37 years of experience as an avionics technician.
Michael Scheeringa is the new COO of Cleveland-based Flight Options, with responsibilities for the overall operations, maintenance, procurement and customer care for the fractional provider. He was most recently v-p of the Express division at US Airways.
Jean Ross Howard Phelan, a pioneering airplane and helicopter pilot, died early last month at the age of 87. During World War II she helped aviation legend Jackie Cochran run a base for the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). She learned to fly under the Civilian Pilot Training program (which later banned women from its ranks) and, in 1954, became only the eighth woman in the U.S. to get her helicopter rating.
Unilaterally imposed work rules and the FAA reauthorization process are among the issues Pat Forrey, new president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca), plans to address during his first year in office. Forrey took over the association’s reins in September after he defeated two-term incumbent John Carr.
General aviation interests are encouraged by the appointment of Michal Morgan as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) general manager for general aviation. She previously served as the manager of general aviation for the Office of Operations Policy and the director of special operations for the TSA.
Heinz Kohli, who in May 2003 was named CEO of Jet Aviation Group, left the company last month “effective immediately.” In revealing this development, officials of the Zurich-based worldwide business aviation services conglomerate would not comment beyond saying that “differences over the company’s future strategy” led Kohli to resign.