People

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.

October 30, 2007 - 11:14am
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The Transportation Security Administration plans soon to release changes to the voluntary general aviation security guidelines, and is looking at ways to “positively identify” pilots before and in flight. To find out more about what the TSA is doing, and how it views GA security in general, AIN spoke with Michal Morgan, the TSA’s general manager for general aviation.

 

October 29, 2007 - 6:05am

Industry reaction has been mostly positive to President Bush’s nomination of acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell to a five-year term to lead the agency. “We are extremely pleased by the White House’s decision to nominate Bobby Sturgell as the next FAA Administrator,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.

October 16, 2007 - 12:23pm

Will Steve Fossett suffer a fate similar to Amelia Earhart’s? That’s the question on many people’s minds as winter starts to take hold in the Nevada mountains, where it’s believed that the American Champion Super Decathlon he was flying crashed. Efforts to find the adventurer/aviator/millionaire have now come to a near halt, and chances are deemed slim to none that he survived the September 3 crash in the rugged desert of northern Nevada.

October 16, 2007 - 6:10am

Dan Svoboda, paint-shop manager and 22-year veteran of Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Neb., died last month of complications from cancer. He was 50 years old. Duncan officials praised Svoboda in developing the aircraft painting capabilities and techniques currently used by the company.

October 16, 2007 - 6:07am

One day after presenting the company’s first-quarter results, Dan Burnham revealed that he will step down as CEO of Raytheon Co., effective July 1. In a statement, Burnham, 56, said, “It was a difficult decision, but I am ready to begin a new, more personal phase in my life.” Burnham joined Raytheon in July 1998 from AlliedSignal, where he was president and COO.

October 15, 2007 - 11:19am

The surprise departure last month of Bill Boisture from Gulfstream after 10 years as its president and the naming of vice chairman Bryan Moss as his replacement tops a list of several major revelations over the last few months by the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer.

October 15, 2007 - 11:18am

The recent shift in top management signals the beginning of a new phase of growth for business aviation management and charter provider PrivatAir Group. On February 1, former COO Greg Thomas was named CEO, succeeding David Hurley, who was appointed vice-chairman of PrivatAir SA of Geneva.

October 15, 2007 - 11:15am

Former astronaut Curt Brown stood in front of nearly 1,500 guests at the NBAA 14th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference last month and fought back tears as he remembered seven fellow astronauts who had died just two days earlier in the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. “I came close to canceling [this appearance],” he told the audience, and then asked for a moment of silence to honor those lost.

October 12, 2007 - 11:55am

Louise Maillett, who was instrumental in developing the slot lottery at New York
La Guardia Airport that helped minimize system delays during the notorious summer of 2000, has been appointed senior counsel to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. In this position, she will provide advice and assistance to senior agency officials on policy and other emerging issues affecting transportation and programs.

October 12, 2007 - 11:52am

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.

 
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