Herb Elliott, cofounder of Elliott Aviation, died in Naples, Fla., on December 10 at the age of 90. Elliott used $350 he earned playing in a local band to buy his first airplane in the early 1930s. His wife and company co-founder, Arlene, began Elliott Flying Service at Cram Field in Davenport, Iowa, in 1936. The company now has facilities and dealerships in the Quad Cities and Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis; and Omaha, Neb.
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.
NetJets chairman and CEO Richard Santulli announced that long-time business aviation leader Jim Christiansen “will be assuming the position of president of NetJets Aviation,” in Columbus, Ohio. Santulli said, “With Jim's depth of experience, there is no one who knows our business better.” The position has been unfilled since Bill Boisture resigned in January 2006 after joining the fractional operator in October 2003.
Bill Boisture, 59, yesterday resigned as president of NetJets Aviation, a position he held since joining the fractional provider in October 2003. Boisture, who recently formed W. Boisture & Associates, has been retained by NetJets as a consultant to “support and assist the company on several strategic projects.” During his two-year tenure he was the company’s front-line negotiator with the pilot and flight attendant unions.
A pilot has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges, following an accident in Hawaii last September that killed three passengers. Glen Lampton was flying a Heli USA AStar that crashed into the sea near Kauai’s Ke’e Beach. Two other passengers and Lampton survived uninjured. Lampton, who continues to work for Heli USA in a nonflying position, is also accused of reckless endangerment, providing a false statement and tampering with evidence.
Several executive changes at Flight Options have followed in the wake of Raytheon’s recent full acquisition of the Cleveland-based fractional provider. Chief marketing officer Cameron Gowan is out and company leader S. Michael Scheeringa is solidly in. Last Thursday, Scheeringa was named permanent CEO, after serving as the acting CEO since November 2004. Gowan has left, with his duties going to Jim Dauterman, the v-p of sales and marketing.
Fourteen aviation trade groups signed aletter to the heads of the Senate foreign relations committee asking for quick action to name Donald Bliss as the next U.S. representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a position that has been vacant since Edward Stimpson stepped down last fall.
Sino Swearingen, which is preparing to start deliveries this year of the SJ30-2 light jet, last week fired its president, Carl Chen, who immediately sued the company for breach of contract and damages from alleged slander “with malice” by current chairman and CEO Ching-Chiang Kuo.
Jeffrey Borer, former owner of defunct charter operator XtraJet, and Arvel Reeves, previous owner of one-time aircraft services firm Executive Aviation Logistics, admitted guilt in a plea bargain on federal charges of secretly videotaping entertainer Michael Jackson and his attorney while flying aboard a chartered Gulfstream IISP on Nov. 20, 2003.
The European Business Aviation Association and NBAA are requesting nominations for the 2006 European Business Aviation Award, which is to be presented during the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva (May 3 to 5). The deadline for nominations is March 31.
Raytheon Aircraft has joined Gulfstream Aerospace as the only major business aircraft OEMs to elevate the head of product support to the presidential level. Last Friday, the Wichita-based manufacturer announced to its employees the appointment of Randy Groom as president of global customer service and support.