Cessna and its parent, Textron, rallied quickly to support president and CEO Jack Pelton’s credentials in the wake of a damaging 60 Minutes segment that aired last month. The CBS show mentioned that Pelton was among thousands who essentially purchased college degrees from an alleged diploma mill, specifically Hamilton University in Evanston, Wyo.
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 Pentagon official Thomas Bloom has been named CFO of the FAA, overseeing the agency’s $14 billion operating budget, as well as the development and FAA-wide application of cost accounting and performance management policies and systems.
Adm. James Loy, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has been promoted to second-in-command at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was selected over other higher-ranking officials in the Cabinet department.
Frank Piasecki, president and founder of Piasecki Aircraft, has been awarded the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Trophy. A reception was held at a Senate office building in Washington, D.C., followed by
a ceremony at the museum, where Piasecki was presented with the award.
Congratulations to “the Henry Ford of helicopters,” Frank Robinson, who was presented with the Howard Hughes Memorial Award at a reception in Los Angeles recently. The 26th recipient of the award–a solid silver medal cast from ore extracted from Hughes’s Nevada mines–joins luminaries such as Jack Northrop, Jimmy Doolittle and Chuck Yeager on the list of honorees.
Steve Daniels has joined Simplex as vice president of sales and marketing. A seasoned helicopter salesman who was ousted as CEO of Enstrom last year, Daniels will head sales activities at the Portland, Ore.-based firefighting equipment developer and expand its marketing network.
About 800 people gathered in Atlanta in late February to celebrate the 90th birthday of the man who, by following his military orders on Aug. 6, 1945, is widely remembered for bringing World War II to an end. Gen. Paul Tibbets was 30 years old when he flew a B-29 over Hiroshima, Japan, so that it could release the first of only two atom bombs ever dropped in anger.
The year 2003–the centennial of manned, powered flight–was supposed to be the one where aviation shone brightly. Instead, the entire aviation industry was a bit under the weather, riding out a turbulent market marred by a sour economy and the long-lasting after-effects of 9/11.
It’s that time of the year when AIN’s editors cast our collective mind back over the people and the events that captured our attention through the past 12 months and inspired the thousands of manuscript pages that filled our 2004 issues. Despite (or because of) the U.S.’s preoccupation with a repeat of 9/11, it didn’t happen, and the turnaround in the fortunes of the U.S.
For the second time since 1975, Russ Meyer is not chairman of Cessna Aircraft. Early last month, Meyer quietly retired as chairman with the honorary title of chairman emeritus. Simultaneously, Cessna president and CEO Jack Pelton assumed the chairman post.