Alan Darrow is the vice president, CFO and secretary of NATA. As such, he is responsible for ensuring the overall financial health of the organization, and as secretary he serves as the staff coordinator to the board of directors. He directs
all the member-service programs, including workers compensation, NATA Safety 1st and the convention.
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.
With the shakeup in leadership at NBAA, what are your thoughts on the role of NATA in the immediate future?
Dallas-based Global Jet Shares, a fractional and jet membership card provider specializing in large-cabin business aircraft, named Mark Ozenick as its COO, with responsibilities for day-to-day operations and marketing and sales for the company.
Ozenick founded HeliFlite Shares, a helicopter fractional-ownership company.
Michael Forner, charter manager of Jimsair Aviation Services in San Diego, is one of several members of the business aviation community who are currently serving in the armed services. Forner, a member of the California Army National Guard, was called to active duty last May. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
Dassault Falcon Jet has named four new field service representatives (FSR) in the U.S. “The decision to make these assignments is part of a global strategy designed to strengthen service levels to all Falcon operators,” said Gerry Goguen, DFJ’s senior vice president of customer service.
Duncan Aviation has appointed Scott Shefke as Bombardier Challenger technical representative. He will serve as the technical advisor to Challenger customers and Duncan Aviation’s Challenger teams. “In the last three years, our Challenger business has grown to a point where it became obvious we needed to support customers with a dedicated technical representative,” said Rich Baeder, Duncan’s vice president of aircraft and FBO services.
Thomas Foley, CEO of Greenville, S.C.-based Stevens Aviation, has been appointed by President Bush to serve as director of private-sector development in Iraq. Foley, 51, will lead a staff responsible for developing and implementing a privatization plan for some 200 state-owned enterprises and managing trade and foreign investments into Iraq. He and President Bush first met in 1974 when both were attending Harvard University.
Charles Johnson, 60, who was named president of Cessna in March, remains on an “indefinite leave” of absence since late August due to undisclosed ongoing medical problems, according to a spokesman for the Wichita aircraft maker. Without elaborating on his illness, the spokesman said that doctors have ruled out cancer and heart-related problems. Cessna senior v-p of engineering Jack Pelton has assumed Johnson’s duties until he returns.
Family members of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) and five other passengers who were killed in the October 25 crash of a King Air A100 reached a $25 million agreement with the charter company that operated the twin turboprop, averting a likely lawsuit against Aviation Charter of Eden Prairie, Minn. The King Air crashed during an approach in poor visibility (AIN, January, page 10).
They called them “libbers” back in 1973. Any women who presumed to take on a profession normally associated with males were generally assumed to be radical members of the then-new “women’s liberation” movement. Kathy Kusner was one of them. She was the first woman to fly for Executive Jet Aviation, one of the largest charter operators in the country at that time.