Comlux The Aviation Group has appointed David Edinger as executive v-p of Comlux Management and board member of the Comlux Group. Edinger initially joined Comlux in 2008 as the CEO of Comlux America, the completion and services segment of Comlux in Indianapolis. Jim Soleo is taking over Edinger’s duties and is promoted to CEO of Comlux America. Soleo has more than 35 years’ experience in the aviation industry, with multiple years of experience at the executive level and as a former partner in ownership of a completion center in Savannah, Ga.
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.
Spirit Aeronautics, based in Columbus, Ohio, has named Jerry MacDonald as an aircraft production supervisor. His 36 years of work experience includes stints with Owens Corning, SSK Industries and GE Aircraft Engines, where he held positions with varying levels of responsibility and authority. MacDonald holds a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a minor in meteorology from Purdue University. He is a licensed FAA A&P mechanic with inspection authorization.
Former Bombardier Learjet chief flight-test pilot Pete Reynolds will be inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame on April 15 at a ceremony hosted by the Kansas Aviation Museum and Wichita Aero Club. Reynolds had 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.
NBAA appointed business aviation veteran Greg Voos yesterday as the association’s Southeast U.S. regional representative, covering D.C., Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. He replaces Harry Houckes, who retired in February. Voos–a certified aviation manager and IS-BAO auditor–most recently served as Home Depot’s aviation office manager.
This special report aims to answer some simple questions: is the aviation industry missing an important element of pilot training that needs to be addressed throughout a pilot’s career? And if so, what is that missing element and how should it be provided to pilots to keep them safe throughout their careers?
On Thursday, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta named agency veteran Teri Bristol as the new COO of its Air Traffic Organization (ATO), which manages the U.S. ATC system. Bristol was most recently deputy COO and had served in an acting capacity since former COO David Grizzle left in December.
Former Butler Aviation president Thomas Comeau died on Thursday at the age of 72. His nearly 30-year career at the FBO chain started at the Boston Logan facility as a flight dispatcher in the early 1960s. Comeau worked his way up the ranks, culminating in his position as president. He left the company in 1990 and formed T.F. Comeau & Associates, an aviation fueling and FBO consultancy. In 1995 he did a stint as president of DynAir Fueling before becoming senior vice president for global sales and projects at Swissport Fueling until his retirement.
FlightSafety International promoted Brian Moore to assistant manager of the company’s Cessna learning center in Wichita. He succeeds Randy Annett, who was promoted to manager of FlightSafety’s center in Tucson, Ariz. Moore joined FlightSafety in 1990 as an instructor at the Hawker Beechcraft center, also in Wichita. He worked his way up the ranks and most recently served as FlightSafety’s relationship manager with Beechcraft. Moore, an ATP with more than 3,000 flight hours, has provided more than 6,000 hours of ground school and simulator instruction to date.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairwoman Deborah Hersman announced Tuesday that she will depart the agency next month after nearly a decade of service. She was appointed to the board in 2004 by President George W. Bush and was named as chair by President Obama in 2009, serving as the agency’s face during many press conferences and hearings. She leaves to join the Illinois-based advocacy group National Safety Council, as president and CEO. Christopher Hart, currently NTSB vice chairman, will take over as acting chairman.
Hartwig Baier, a well known international aircraft broker for many decades, died suddenly last week at the age of 73 while vacationing in the Bahamas. He began his business aviation career as an engineer with Lear Jet, before migrating to Cessna’s newly established Citation program and later Canadair’s (now Bombardier’s) Challenger program. In 1986 he formed his own company: International Aviation Consultants.