David “Bruce” Johnson has been appointed director of the FAA’s Air Traffic Service (ATS) division, with Linda Schuessler as his deputy director. Johnson replaces Bill Peacock, who retired May 2 after 30 years with the FAA. Schuessler takes over from Jeff Griffith, who retired late last year.
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.
Mark Van Tine, who was with Lockheed Data Plan when Jeppesen bought that company in 1989, is the new chairman and CEO of the Denver-based company that pioneered the instrument navigation chart. The 45-year-old Tine replaces Horst Bergmann, 65, who retired after more than 40 years with the company, and who was named Jeppesen’s CEO in 1988.
As a result of its expanded product line of new and derivative aircraft–seven models in all–Gulfstream Aerospace recently reorganized its sales team.
In a move that appeared to bring Raytheon a step closer to concluding its intention to take control of the operations of fractional jet provider Flight Options, company chairman and CEO Kenn Ricci stepped down last month and was replaced by John Nahill, formerly v-p of corporate strategy and development at Raytheon Co. He was named chairman and CEO in a unanimous vote by the nine-member board.
Bombardier Aerospace promoted Michael McQuay to president of its Flexjet fractional operation headquartered in Dallas. McQuay, who joined Bombardier in 2001 as v-p and general manager of Flexjet North America, will be responsible for both Flexjet and the Skyjet North America online charter booking operation.
NBAA has narrowed its list of potential successors to president Jack Olcott to three candidates, and the announcement of who will take the organization to “another level” is expected sometime this month.
Former interim president Michael Redenbaugh did not return to his previous job at Honeywell as reported. Instead, he accepted the post of CEO at Bell Helicopter. Redenbaugh, 44, succeeds John Murphey, who has been named Bell chairman emeritus after spending less than 18 months in the top slot. Murphey will focus on “strategic business development.”
James Taylor, instrumental in marketing the Falcon Jet, Cessna Citation and Canadair Challenger, was appointed to the board of directors of VisionAire, the Chesterfield, Mo. company that is developing the VA-10 Vantage six-place, single-engine business jet. Taylor also is credited with turning around financially troubled Gates Learjet.
Thomas Hirschmann, Jet Aviation president and CEO and son of founder Carl Hirschmann Sr., has resigned from the family-owned business “to pursue other interests” and will henceforth have “no involvement in decision-making” at the company, a Jet Aviation spokesman told AIN late last month.
Donald Greene, 52, executive vice president of bizav equipment supplier Safe Flight Instrument and a son of company founder Leonard Greene, was killed on United Airlines Flight 93, the Boeing 757 that was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11.