Retired Navy Rear Admiral David Stone, who earned high praise from general aviation groups as head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is departing the agency next month after little more than a year in the top job. He is the third administrator to leave the TSA in its three-year existence.
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.
Ed Stimpson retired from yet another job last December. That lasted just a few weeks, and then he joined Flight Safety Foundation’s board of directors. In February he was elected chairman. This time, however, he is working pro bono.
How has the past year been for Raytheon Aircraft?
It’s been a great year for Raytheon Aircraft. Four years ago we set out to provide the highest quality and best support in the industry. We’ve really raised the bar, and I believe we’ve completely transformed the business aviation industry because of this.
How has this year been for Cessna?
John Hall is the new president of Indianapolis-based Premier Jet Aviation. He was previously senior v-p of sales and marketing for CitationShares and was a founding member of the Cessna CitationJet division.
Eric Bachelet was named president and CEO of CFM International, the joint Snecma and General Electric company. Bachelet joined Snecma in 1971 and has held various positions with the Safran Group.
Last month James Bass replaced Chuck Suma as president and CEO of Piper Aircraft. The change was announced in a terse statement by the Vero Beach, Fla. manufacturer, but the decision would have been made by American Capital Strategies, the Bethesda, Md., investment firm that purchased Piper in 2003.
The Beaudoin family deepened its leadership of Montreal-based Bombardier last month following the departure of Peter Edwards as president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. The change at the top also follows several recent and major changes at the division’s operating levels while Edwards was in charge.
Signature Flight Support president Beth Haskins remains at her post, despite an announcement earlier this year that she would be leaving last month. She told AIN the delay in her separation is a result of Signature’s not having found a replacement. She is likely to remain in the position at least through the NBAA Convention, which will take place in Orlando, Fla. (home of Signature headquarters), from November 9 to 11.
In the days following Hurricane Katrina, I watched the news and felt helpless. There were so many people in need and no “quick” way to respond. After seeing a segment about babies being airlifted out of hospitals and being separated from their parents, I jumped into action. I was certain that Jet Quest, the company I work for, could find these parents and get them to their children by flying them in our airplane.
Robert Hanson, the last surviving member of the Memphis Belle B-17 bomber crew, died October 1 in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 85. Hanson, the radio operator for the aircraft, and the crew flew 148 hours in the aircraft and dropped more than 60 tons of bombs over Germany and France in World War II.