The NBAA Meritorious Service Award was established to recognize extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to aviation, and few fit within those parameters like Gene Cernan. As a member of arguably the most exclusive fraternity on this or any other world, he flew into space three times over his 13 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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.
UAV start-up Titan Aerospace of Moriarty, N.M., yesterday named former Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn as its chairman and CEO. Originally a Microsoft executive, Raburn founded Eclipse, manufacturer of the Eclipse 500 very light jet, in 1998. He stepped down from the company in 2008 before it entered bankruptcy, and it later re-emerged from bankruptcy as Eclipse Aerospace.
Dwane Wallace, who led Cessna Aircraft from 1936 to 1975, was posthumously enshrined into the Aviation Hall of Fame on Friday. “Wallace’s visionary leadership brought Cessna Aircraft into the modern age through the expansion of the company’s product line, including the introduction of the world’s most successful line of business jets–the Cessna Citation,” said Cessna president and CEO Scott Ernest. “Wallace’s legacy is secure as the man who built general aviation around the world.”
Ljubljana, Slovenia-based business aircraft management and charter firm Elit’Avia appointed Puja Mahajan as its new COO. In her new role, Mahajan will manage Elit’Avia’s growth strategy, ensure safety across all operations and “deliver top-notch client services.” Most recently, she was director of business aircraft flight operations at Bombardier Aerospace, where, among other accomplishments, she ran the award-winning Safety Standdown Program for five years.
Actor and general aviation pilot Harrison Ford will receive NBAA’s Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership during the opening session of the association’s annual convention in Las Vegas on October 22. “In addition to his extensive work as an outspoken champion for general aviation, including numerous appearances before Congress, Ford also regularly flies missions in support of humanitarian and philanthropic causes,” NBAA said. “For example, Ford has participated in the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift.
In the midst of three new helicopter programs, Bell announced major changes to its executive leadership team in late August.
David Hess, president of Pratt & Whitney, announced he will retire at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Paul Adams, currently the engine manufacturer’s COO.
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Brent Monroe vice president of North American sales for the western division. In his new role, he leads a sales team whose territory includes the Western U.S. states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Monroe, who is based in Dallas, has more than 20 years of experience in both military and business aviation, particularly in the Midwest region.
Peter Bull, an aviation industry veteran and risk and asset management expert, has joined the advisory board at helicopter leasing firm Milestone Aviation Group. Milestone chairman and CEO Richard Santulli said Bull’s input will strengthen and enhance the company, since asset and risk management are the “backbone of our business and central to what we do.” Bull has held a range of senior positions in aircraft maintenance, leasing, asset management, risk consulting and continuing airworthiness.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association appointed Greg Bowles to a new position as director of European regulatory affairs and engineering. Bowles will join GAMA director of European and international affairs Brian Davey in its Brussels office. Since joining the association in 2005, Bowles has been director of engineering and manufacturing at GAMA’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. In his new role, he will help GAMA work toward better and more efficient regulatory systems, as well as ensure more coordination between global aviation authorities and manufacturers.