Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on June 12 by making a tandem parachute jump from a Bell 429 light twin near his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush and tandem partner Mike Elliott, a former member of the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute squad and current president of the All Veteran Parachute Team, departed the 429 from 6,300 feet msl and landed uneventfully on the grounds of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, where Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush were married almost 70 years ago. Mrs.
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.
On July 31 Clay Jones is retiring as a director and nonexecutive chairman of the board of Rockwell Collins. Independent director and board member Anthony Carbone will become nonexecutive chairman on August 1. Jones joined Rockwell Collins in 1979 and became president in 1999, then CEO in 2001. In 2002 he became chairman and he retired as CEO on July 31 last year.
NBAA announced on Tuesday that Chris Strong, the association’s senior vice president of marketing and member services, has assumed the role of senior vice president for conventions and membership. Strong’s new responsibilities were formerly held by Kathleen Blouin, who stepped down from her position as NBAA senior vice president of conventions and forums on Monday.
West Star Aviation has hired Ed Henry as regional sales manager. He will be responsible for the eastern territory of the U.S., including Washington, D.C., Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Henry has more than 40 years of experience in general and corporate aviation.
Aero-Zone, which has expanded its European presence with the launch of Aero-Zone Limited in Shannon, Ireland, has hired SeanO’Brien as director of business development, Europe. The decision to locate Aero-Zone Limited in Shannon allows the company increased interaction and improved service for its clients and is in line with Aero-Zone’s ongoing strategy of housing inventory at diverse locations, suited to its clients’ needs.
President Obama has nominated NTSB vice-chairman Christopher Hart to become chairman of the Board. The position was vacated when former chair Deborah Hersman left the NTSB on April 25, at which time Hart became acting chairman.
Charles Edelstenne, former CEO of Dassault Aviation, was designated the successor of Serge Dassault last week. The general assembly of Dassault Aviation’s parent company, Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault, voted unanimously for the creation of a “succeeding statutory president” position. Edelstenne, 76, will thus automatically succeed Dassault, 89, in case the groups presidency is “vacant, for whatever reason,” the firm said.
Kathleen Blouin, NBAA senior vice president of conventions and forums, stepped down from her position yesterday but will continue serving as a consultant to the association. Blouin, who joined NBAA in 1992, was instrumental in helping build the annual NBAA convention into one of the five largest trade shows in the U.S. as well as launching the EBACE, LABACE and ABACE shows in Geneva, São Paulo and Shanghai.
Tim La Porte, owner of Iliamna Air Taxi Service in Iliamna, Alaska, has logged 10,000 hours at the controls of the PC-12, making him the highest-time pilot of the big turboprop single, according to Pilatus Business Aircraft. Iliamna provides charter and scheduled service in Alaska, and has been in operation since 1977. The family-owned business operates three PC-12s, one of which it has owned for the past 25 years.
The California Aviation Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class at a ceremony held earlier this month at the Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport. It included Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, legendary test pilot Bob Hoover, aviator and entrepreneur Clay Lacy and helicopter pioneer Frank Robinson. “This state has played a huge role over the past 100 years in the development of aviation and spaceflight, and the creation of a Hall of Fame to recognize the Golden State’s aerial heritage was long overdue,” said attendee Stephen Hofer, president of Aerlex.