William Swanson, 54, has been elected chairman of Raytheon Co., effective January 28. He replaces Dan Burnham, 57, who will retire from the Waltham, Mass.-based parent company of Raytheon Aircraft. Swanson is a 31-year Raytheon veteran. On July 1 Swanson took over as CEO of Raytheon from Burnham, who joined the company in July 1998 from AlliedSignal, where he was president and COO.
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.
Bill Lear possessed the soul of a true inventor. Almost entirely a self-taught engineer, Lear dropped out of high school in a search for answers to many of life’s problems as he saw them. The results were products many people take for granted, even today…the car radio he eventually sold to the budding Motorola, the eight-track tape player and the first commercially successful aircraft autopilot. Not bad for a kid with no formal education.
David Stone, formerly deputy chief of staff at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and security director for Los Angeles International Airport, has been named to serve as acting TSA Administrator. Before joining the TSA, he was an admiral in the U.S. Navy, where his last assignment was in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as the director of environmental protection safety and occupational health.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is still searching for a replacement for former president and CEO Ed Bolen, and the board of directors has hired the international executive search firm of Heidrick & Struggles to assist in the effort.
AIN welcomes two new staff editors. Curt Epstein, experienced as a science and tech reporter, comes to us from the broadcast tv business on New York’s Long Island and brings with him a lifelong interest in things aeronautical. Ian Twombly most recently worked at the government affairs division of AOPA, and if the name sounds otherwise familiar, it might be because his father, Mark, was an AIN editor in the 1980s.
Able Flight awarded scholarships to Brad Jones and Stephany Glassing. Jones and Glassing became paralyzed as the result of separate automobile accidents. The scholarships, sponsored by Jet Aviation, will fund flight training for them in a specially equipped airplane provided by Hansen Air Group.
William Horn Jr. a retired air force colonel, NBAA employee and aviation consultant, died on December 14. He was 85.
He was a member of the Army Air Force, serving in World War II, and was manager of airspace and ATC services for NBAA from 1973 to 1984. He is survived by three children, two sisters and three grandchildren.
Kerry Trosper was named general manager for Landmark Aviation’s Wichita Falls, Texas FBO. He was most recently line service manager at Kerrville Aviation in Kerrville, Texas. James Wilson was named general manager of the Dulles, Va. location. He was previously sales manager for Landmark Aviation’s charter and management business.
Mike Redenbaugh, who joined Bell Helicopter in May 2003 as president after being a v-p at Honeywell engines, resigned from the company last month. Textron, Bell’s parent, named Textron executive Richard Millman to replace Redenbaugh.
Long-time business aviation leader Jim Christiansen might be feeling a little déjà vu after his appointment last month as president of NetJets Aviation in Columbus, Ohio. From 1990 to 1992 he was president of Executive Jet Aviation, as the company was known then.