Dean Borgman, chairman of Sikorsky Aircraft, retired on July 1. Borgman, 62, was appointed chairman last year after serving as the helicopter manufacturer’s president since 1998. Steve Finger, who was named president of the company when Borgman became chairman, will now lead the company.
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.
The Air Line Pilots Association, the union that represents most of the nation’s airline pilots, has endorsed Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for President.
NBAA board chairman Donald Baldwin, who currently serves as the association’s interim president and CEO in the wake of Shelley Longmuir’s April 1 departure, has withdrawn his name from consideration as president of the association. A spokeswoman for the association said he declined for “personal and family” reasons.
Deborah Hersman, sworn in last month as a member of the NTSB, has minimal aviation experience compared with the extensive background of John Goglia, the Safety Board member she replaced (see page 74). For the last five years and before joining
Mojave, Calif., is a unique place. As they drive north on State Highway 14, approaching the small burg of approximately 3,700 people, visitors first notice the hundreds of blades turning in windmill farms on hillsides to the west of town. Across the highway, dozens of jetliner tails sprout from the desert floor, idling in storage in the arid desert air at Mojave Airport.
John Goglia, a former member of the NTSB and an outspoken critic of the effects of poor maintenance on safety, has joined the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) as senior v-p of government and technical programs. Goglia was not reappointed to the NTSB last month after nine years with the agency.
The University Aviation Association recognized its 2003 Collegiate Aviation Award recipients during the fall education conference awards banquet in Dayton, Ohio. The organization’s William Wheatley Award was presented to Col. Emmett Johnson, chairperson of the aviation management and logistics department at Auburn University. Other award recipients were Mary Ann Turney, V.L. Laursen Award; Dr. Triant Flouris, Frank E.
David Horton was named president of Heli-Dyne Systems, an affiliate of CJ Systems Aviation Group. Horton reports to CJ Systems president and COO Larry Pietropaulo following a recent restructuring of Heli-Dyne Systems under both companies’ parent, FSS Airholdings. He held prominent positions at both Bell Helicopter and American Eurocopter.
Tampa International Airport (TPA) will have a new FBO by midsummer. Air BP announced last month it would provide fuel and related services to the new business, owned by Mike Azzarelli. AIN has learned that FBO industry veteran Phil Botana will manage the operation. Most recently president of Flightcraft of Portland, Ore., Botana has made the move to Florida and will start work with the new operation this month.
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.