Mitsubishi Aircraft took delivery early last month of its first Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1200G geared turbofan at the Mitsubishi Regional Jet’s (MRJ) final-assembly factory in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Delivery of the engine from Pratt & Whitney’s Mirabel Aerospace Center in Quebec marks a major milestone toward final assembly of the first MRJ90 flight-test aircraft, which Mitsubishi expects to fly during next year’s second quarter.
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.
The ATR Assembly of Members has appointed Patrick de Castelbajac, 43, CEO of ATR. He succeeds Filippo Bagnato, whose four-year mandate according to ATR’s statutes expired at the end of May.
John Bingham, who has been president and CEO of Piaggio America and chief marketing officer at parent company Piaggio Aero Industries since 2009, left the company on May 30. The company said the move was a planned departure, but was delayed until after it had announced the upgraded Avanti Evo at EBACE in mid-May. Giuliano Felten, Piaggio Aero’s executive senior vice president of civil sales, took over as president and CEO of Piaggio America early last month.
Patrick de Castelbajac was named CEO of Avions de Transport Regional (ATR). He was previously head of contract negotiations for Airbus.
James Colleary was named president of Associated Air Center. He was previously COO and replaces Jack Lawless, who left the company.
The Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association appointed Benoit Defforge, managing director of Airbus Corporate Jets, and Renaud Cloatre, international sales director for Dassault Aviation, to its board of directors.
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.
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.