HondaJet president and CEO Michimasa Fujino was presented the 2012 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aircraft Design Award last week. The AIAA Aircraft Design Award “honors a design engineer or team for the conception, definition or development of an original concept, or career contributions leading to significant advancement in aircraft design or design technology.” According to the AIAA, Fujino is being recognized for pioneering the “unique” over-the-wing engine mount used on the in-development HondaJet.
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.
Rockwell Collins appointed Robert “Kelly” Ortberg as the company’s president yesterday. He joins Clayton Jones, who continues as chairman and CEO, in the newly formed Office of the Chief Executive. The appointment is effective immediately. As president, Ortberg will be primarily responsible for the operational management of the company, including oversight of its commercial and government businesses and supporting functions.
Kurt Edwards was named as the new director general at the International Business Aviation Council late last week. IBAC is the international non-governmental organization that represents the interests of business aviation operators from around the world in international forums, primarily ICAO. According to IBAC, Edwards has “substantial experience in international aviation issues” at the FAA, where he led agency outreach efforts while based in Brussels, Paris and Montreal. He replaces Donald Spruston, who is retiring after leading the organization since 1999.
Bombardier, sponsor of the annual Aviation Safety Standdown held in Wichita, is soliciting nominations for the new Eugene Cernan Safety Award, to be presented for the first time at this year’s event, which begins October 8. Cernan, a former naval aviator, NASA Apollo XVII commander and the last human to walk on the Moon, has been a regular Standdown participant since Bombardier started the program 16 years ago.
Citi Private Bank named Ford von Weise head of global aircraft finance. He succeeds Mary Schwartz, who has announced her retirement.
Former NBAA director Robert Breiling will receive the association’s John P. “Jack” Doswell Award at the NBAA Convention in late October. “NBAA is proud to recognize Breiling’s outstanding contributions to the business aviation community,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday of complications from heart surgery. Besides serving as a NASA astronaut, Armstrong was a project pilot on many pioneering high-speed aircraft, including the Mach 5 North American X-15. During his career, he piloted more than 200 different aircraft types, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders. Armstrong was also an aerospace engineer and university professor.
NBAA announced yesterday that FedEx Express, a division of FedEx, and its founder, Fred Smith, will receive the 2012 Al Ueltschi Humanitarian Award. The award, which will be presented at the NBAA Convention in late October, recognizes the use of aviation for humanitarian purposes.
Signature Flight Support appointed Sami Teittinen as CFO today. In his new role he will be responsible for strategic planning and management of all financially related activities of the company, including business development. Teittinen comes from Signature sister company Aircraft Service International (ASIG), where he was CFO and led the company through several acquisitions, finance department restructuring and infrastructure reinvestments. He is based at Signature’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla., and will report to company president Michael Scheeringa.
The Helicopter Association International is accepting nominations for the 2013 Salute to Excellence Awards program, which honors “outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations in the international helicopter community.” The awards are open to any individual or organization, according to HAI. Categories include pilots, mechanics, instructors, safety, law enforcement, medevac and more. The awards will be presented on March 6 during Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas.