European Business Aviation Association chairman Brian Humphries is to become the group’s CEO in October. He will succeed Fernand François, who is retiring after 12 years as CEO. Humphries is set to step down from his current position as managing director of Shell Aircraft, the flight department of the Royal Dutch/Shell energy group, at the end of September.
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.
Former NBAA president Jack Olcott weighed in on the NBAA contretemps with a letter sent to member representatives. In it, he said Robert Warren’s letter reflects a “deficiency of knowledge” of the organization. Olcott, who served as president of NBAA from May 1992 until Shelly Longmuir succeeded him last July, challenged several of the “troubling management issues” that Warren enumerated.
Three Italian aviation officials and an air traffic controller have been sentenced to jail terms of between six and eight years after being convicted of manslaughter and negligence over the Oct. 8, 2001, fatal collision between a Cessna Citation CJ2 and a Scandinavian Airlines System McDonnell Douglas MD-87 at Milan Linate Airport.
When NBAA hired Shelley Longmuir less than a year ago, the board of directors said the new president would raise the association to a new level. Apparently there was disagreement between Longmuir and the board on just what that next level should be.
While the S-76 and S-92 will remain Sikorsky’s bread and butter for some time to come, the company is also launching a new age of vertical lift technology, which it is calling the X2.
Sikorsky announced the X2 program at Heli-Expo 2006, claiming its clean-sheet airframe design and counter-rotating blades would allow the helicopter to reach speeds of 250 knots or more while retaining true helicopter heavy-lift capability.
Signature Flight Support has signaled serious intent to expand its FBO chain outside North America by adding a managing director for Europe. The Orlando, Fla.-based group has hired David Best to fill the new role and has tasked him with expanding its network of business aircraft handling operations throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Mark King is the new president and CEO of International Aero Engines. King joined the company from Rolls-Royce, where he was executive v-p for airlines. He succeeded Steve Heath, who has returned to Pratt & Whitney as v-p of commercial engine programs and technical support.
Flight Options, the second-largest fractional aircraft provider, last month named Michael Scheeringa as COO. Formerly v-p of US Airways’ Express division, Scheeringa will be responsible for the overall operations, maintenance, procurement and customer care for Flight Options. He will report directly to Flight Options chairman and CEO John Nahill.
Long-time aviation journalist William David Wagstaff, 49, died on February 8, following complications from surgery. A lifetime aviation and space enthusiast, Bill was a full-time editor with Aviation International News from 1988 to 2003, serving in many capacities.
Aviation safety pioneer Jerome “Jerry” Lederer died February 6 at the age of 101 in Laguna Hills, Calif., of congestive heart failure. His lifelong dedication to preventing accidents made travel safer for everyone who flies aboard civilian aircraft.