Constant Aviation has named Wade Potter as director of its Birmingham, Ala. maintenance operation. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Potter will continue to be the single point of contact for all customers in Birmingham, providing daily project updates. “Wade joined our organization in 2008 as a maintenance supervisor. From the start, Wade showed true leadership and care for the organization, his team members and our customers.
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.
Legendary aircraft designer Ed Swearingen died on Thursday at age 88, on the eve of the resumption of production of his persistent light jet–the SJ30–by current program owner SyberJet. It was 1986 when he unveiled the small, single-pilot jet powered by a new breed of turbofan engine by Williams International that would propel the airplane swiftly and far, with performance that outstripped most business jets of the era.
A wake will be held tonight for business aviation leader Jim Christiansen, who died on Monday at the age of 67. Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Becker Funeral Home in Westwood, N.J.“Jim was a trusted, passionate and dedicated business aviation professional, who will be remembered as a leader for his tireless efforts to bring our community closer together and move it forward,” noted NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Jim Christiansen, a giant in the business aviation industry, passed away last night at the age of 67. He led several large air charter firms, as well as NetJets, over his nearly 50-year career, most recently serving as vice president of business development at FlightSafety International.
Aviation associations are mourning the loss of former Rep. Jim Oberstar, a staunch advocate for general aviation (GA) who represented Minnesota’s 8th district for a quarter century. His district included Cirrus Aircraft. Oberstar died on Friday at the age of 79.
Charter broker Air Partner has named Vincent Kavanagh UK sales director; Andrea Giora sales executive in Italy; Marcus Hilchenbach product manager in Germany; and Gary Gennari sales representative for the U.S. The company also promoted Justin Lancaster from group cargo director to group commercial director. He succeeds Justin Bowman.
Pete Reynolds, 69, the former Bombardier Learjet chief flight-test pilot, died on Thursday. He will be inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame–as previously scheduled, but now posthumously–tonight at a ceremony hosted by the Kansas Aviation Museum and Wichita Aero Club. Reynolds played a major role in the development, testing and certification of virtually every Learjet model between 1973, when he joined Learjet, and 2003, when he retired. He spent the last eight years of his tenure with Bombardier as the vice president of flight test.
Jon Beatty, the former president and CEO of International Aero Engines, will take over as the new president and CEO at the Flight Safety Foundation, effective April 21. Along with his recent experience with IAE, he held executive positions at Pratt & Whitney, BF Goodrich and AlliedSignal Aerospace. “He brings an international executive perspective that will be instrumental in moving the foundation into its next chapter as the leading voice of aviation safety around the world,” said FSF board of governors chairman David McMillan.
Hartwig Baier, 73, died early last month unexpectedly of a heart attack while on vacation in the Bahamas, depriving the button-down world of business aviation of one of its more colorful and highly regarded characters.
The NTSB report of the 1985 accident is sparse, noting only that the aerobatic airplane lost altitude and crashed after entering a roll approximately 100 above the ground. Then-11-year-old Tom Braun, who was a passenger, doesn’t remember much about the impact that claimed his father’s life and destroyed the scratch-built Steen Skybolt. A third-generation pilot, Braun today works as a sheet-metal technician at Jet Aviation’s St. Louis MRO and completions facility.