People

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.

February 9, 2007 - 9:17am

It's a landmark event for Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated (GHPA). The services once provided by the well known and respected names of engine and airframe maintenance firm Garrett Aviation, FBO chain of Piedmont Hawthorne and large aircraft completions center Associated Air Center are reemerging under the new identity of Landmark Aviation.

February 8, 2007 - 5:46am

Executive Jet Management has reorganized its management staff with the following appointments: Robert Mayo, formerly senior v-p for client transition, was promoted to senior v-p of operations; Glenna Edwards, formerly a vice president for client relations, was named v-p of owner standards; and Larry Lee, formerly director of the company’s shuttle operation, was named assistant director of operations.

February 8, 2007 - 4:55am

Col. Peter “Pete” Bunce, a career Air Force officer who has been serving as director of the Air Force congressional budget and appropriations liaison, will become president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) on April 1. He replaces Ed Bolen, who left the association last summer to take over as NBAA president and CEO.

February 5, 2007 - 8:21am

You might call Heli-Expo 2005 a triumph for Bell/Agusta Aerospace and particularly for the AB139. In the period covering European certification in 2003, FAA IFR authorization in December and last month’s show, eight AB139s have been handed over to customers, for use in roles ranging from VIP to air ambulance and a wide range of environments. Twenty-six more were ordered in Anaheim last month.

February 5, 2007 - 4:43am

GA groups generally welcomed the Senate confirmation of Judge Michael Chertoff to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, replacing Tom Ridge, who resigned. But his positions on general aviation are still unknown.

February 2, 2007 - 9:46am

Bill Stine, director of international operations at NBAA, may not have done it all, but he has done a lot–from flying corporate airplanes to crop-dusting.

February 1, 2007 - 10:31am

The European business aviation community is mourning the death of one of its pioneers following the November 29 passing of Abelag Aviation founder Andre Ganshof van der Meersch. Born in 1927, the Belgian entrepreneur established the FBO in 1964 and remained chairman of its board until his retirement just a few years ago.

February 1, 2007 - 9:12am

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen will be a keynote speaker at the third annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil. Along with Anderson Markiewicz, chairman of the Brazilian business aviation association ABAG, Bolen will address the opening general session on the morning of March 31.

February 1, 2007 - 5:12am

Harry Combs, former head of Learjet and founder of AMR Combs, died in Wickenburg, Ariz., on December 23 at the age of 90. Long fascinated by the achievements and legacy of the Wright Brothers, Combs had participated in the December 17 centennial-of-flight activities at Kitty Hawk, N.C., less than a week before his death.

February 1, 2007 - 4:35am

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Flight Display Systems named Tom Austin Jr. president. He joined the company from Cutter Aviation, where he was v-p of aircraft services.

Mineral Wells, Texas-based Meggitt/S-Tec named Michael McMillan president of the company. McMillan was a founding v-p of Piaggio America and had a 21-year career with Raytheon Aircraft.

 
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