A federal judge in Kansas City, Mo., dismissed a $1 million lawsuit against the FAA over the 1999 fatal crash of a Cessna CitationJet. The lawsuit was based on accusations that harassment of the pilot by two FAA inspectors from the Kansas City FSDO contributed to the accident.
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.
Former Air Transport Association (ATA) senior vice president Robert Warren has been named to NBAA’s newly created position of executive vice president, reporting directly to NBAA president Shelley Longmuir.
At the end of this month, Brian Humphries will take over as chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), succeeding Fernand Francois, who is retiring after 12 years in the post. Humphries, who has been EBAA chairman since 1996, will retire from his day job as managing director of Shell Aircraft, the international flight department of the Royal Dutch Shell energy group.
The board of directors of Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines has elected company president and CEO Phil Trenary to join the seven-member board. Currently chairman of the RAA, Trenary joined Pinnacle Airlines on April 1, 1997, after a 12-year stint as head of Lone Star Airlines, the San Antonio-based Fairchild Metro operator he established in 1984. Trenary also serves as a director of EnVectra Hazardous Waste Management and Bancorp South.
Citing a need to realign its executive lineup in the face of an economy that was already softening before it was rocked by the events of September 11, Textron has dismissed Bell Helicopter chairman and CEO Terry Stinson, filling his former position with John Murphey, Bell president and COO.
Charles Tooley joined Savannah, Ga.-based Palmer & Cay, an insurance brokerage and consulting firm, as senior v-p for the aviation division. Tooley joined the company from an insurance broker in Kansas City.
Norwell, Mass.-based Sentient Jet named Jill Kremins as v-p of marketing. Kremins was most recently senior v-p of wealth segment strategy at Fleet Boston Financial.
Man doth not live by flight hours alone. For many of us in today’s flying world, something’s amiss. It might be peace of mind or a sense of purpose outside of flying airplanes. I see it as loss of soul.
Sikorsky announced that company chairman Dean Borgman will retire in July. His decision brings to a close a distinguished rotorcraft career that stretches back into the 1960s.
Lamond credits his previous knowledge of the command center as “probably the most important” background in understanding the inner workings of the facility. “We wouldn’t have had anywhere near as successful an interaction with them if we had just knocked on the door on September 11 at 10 o’clock and said, ‘Excuse me, but can we live here for a while,’” he said.
As Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse prepares to fly a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610-powered Eclipse 500 later this year, company founder and CEO Vern Raburn envisions a wide customer base for the very light jet. And with promised low direct operating costs (DOCs) and a price tag of a little over $1 million, the twinjet offers almost limitless possibilities.