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.
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.
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.
Trine Aerospace & Defense announced that retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lee Taylor has joined the company as COO. Taylor will assume responsibilities for operations at the company’s base at Colorado Springs Airport, where it offers engineering, manufacturing and modification on general aviation, commercial and special-mission aircraft, while also providing in avionics and installation repair. Taylor will report directly to Britt Ham, the company’s president and CEO.
Online private jet charter portal Victor appointed Dan Northover as chief marketing officer. The company, which launched in 2011 and experienced “huge growth” this year, said the appointment represents a “significant step forward” as it prepares to launch its new business-to-client app and enter the U.S. market later this year. Most recently, Northover was digital design director and board member of Partners Andrews Aldridge, part of the Engine Group, and partner at the Engine Group, the UK’s largest privately owned communications group.
Lancashire, England-based Euravia has appointed Dave Wark after-sales support director for North America and Asia-Pacific. Previously Wark has held positions with Mint Turbines, Vector Aerospace and North Star Aerospace. At Euravia, Wark will consolidate engine support to new and existing customers to strengthen Euravia’s after-sales activities.
Rick Wielebski has been named general manager of Landmark Aviation’s Boeing Field/King County International Airport location. Wielebski has more than 10 years’ experience in the aviation industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His background includes experience in both general and commercial aviation. Before joining Landmark, he was the general manager for Atlantic Aviation’s Tulsa International Airport location.
Landmark Aviation named Ted Hamilton COO, Patrick McGuiness executive v-p and CFO, Charlotte Cheatham senior v-p of marketing and customer service, Robert Hiegel senior v-p and chief accounting officer and Matt DeLellis senior v-p of strategy and corporate development.
Dr. Lewis “Bernie” Gratzer, the retired vice president of technology at Aviation Partners, passed away on Friday night. Gratzer, already a well respected aerodynamicist, joined Aviation Partners when the company was formed in 1991 to work on a blended winglet for the Gulfstream II. In 1994 he received patent #5,348,253 for his blended winglet design, the lynchpin technology of Aviation Partners’ winglet products. According to Aviation Partners, his winglet design is now flying on more than 6,000 airplanes “and counting.”