DayJet founder Ed Iacobucci died last Friday after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer. After he left Citrix Systems, the software maker that he co-founded, in the early 2000s, Iacobucci started laying the groundwork for per-seat, on-demand charter operator DayJet and placed an order for 239 Eclipse 500s in May 2005. DayJet started operations in October 2007 but ceased flying 11 months later.
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.
Brendan Curran, President of the Aerospace Group of Crane Aerospace & Electronics, had been on the job only six days when AIN sat down with him on Monday at the Paris Air Show. Yet he seemed completely comfortable in his new position, which is not surprising when you look at his resume. Before joining Crane, Curran held a number of positions of increasing responsibility with United Technologies, most recently Pratt & Whitney-Commercial Engines, as vice president of strategy, business development and partnerships.
By the end of June, Kelly Ortberg, currently president of Rockwell Collins, will transition into the CEO seat following the retirement of chairman and CEO Clay Jones. Ortberg, 52, has worked for Rockwell Collins (Chalet B19, Hall2b,Stand D108) for the past 26 years, including running both the commercial aviation and government businesses as COO.
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) are seeking nominations by June 30 for awards that recognize individuals “who fly for the benefit of others and their public-benefit flying organizations.” Nominations are currently being accepted for five categories: distinguished volunteer pilot; distinguished volunteer; outstanding achievement in advancement of public-benefit flying; public-benefit flying teamwork award; and champion of public-benefit flying. Nominees must be either U.S. citizens or U.S. organizations.
NBAA COO Steve Brown has been recognized by RTCA with the 2013 Chairman’s Award, which is the organization’s highest honor. He received the award on Wednesday at the RTCA 2013 Global Aviation Symposium in Washington, D.C. In announcing the award, RTCA president Margaret Jenny praised Brown’s diverse background in the aviation industry, as well as his “levelheaded approach” to working with personnel from across the industry on a variety of challenges.
Embraer Executive Jets named Brenda Paauwe-Navori as the Western region regional sales director for its large and ultra-large business jet division. She previously managed sales for a business aircraft manufacturer and a fractional ownership firm. Paauwe-Navori has experience in market strategy and prospecting, financial analysis and customer loyalty, Embraer said. She has also been employed in airline charter work, including a stint as senior director of large-cabin sales and operator relations for Virgin Charter and VIP Inflight Liaison at Northwest Airlines.
CAE appointed Nick Leontidis today as group president for civil simulation products, training and services. He replaces Jeff Roberts, who left the company. Leontidis is a 25-year veteran at CAE, joining as a software engineer and rising to the executive ranks, most recently as executive vice president for strategy and business development. According to CAE, he has played a key role in the success of its civil business and global footprint expansion.
Landmark Aviation has made several additions to its executive staff. Ben Murray, former president of XOJet, has joined the company as president of its aircraft management and charter division. The service provider also named Skip Madsen, previously Jet Aviation’s v-p for MRO operations, to its newly created v-p of MRO. Tyson Goetz was selected as company v-p. Most recently he was a senior regional manager for Atlantic Aviation.
Beechcraft promoted Dave Rosenberg to vice president of strategic planning and programs and Don Alvord to vice president of human resources. In his new role, Rosenberg will be responsible for the company’s strategic planning and programs, including management of commercial product development programs and analysis of joint ventures and potential acquisitions. He was the director of the Hawker 4000 and piston-line general manager.
Beechcraft has appointed Kingsley Okoli regional sales director for Sub-Saharan Africa, the company announced on Tuesday. Based in Nigeria, Okoli spent 13 years in the U.S. Air Force, including work that involved the West Africa region and the Nigerian air force.