The retiring president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of America, John Douglass, said modifying the U.S export control system could double the trade surplus from the present record $55 million. “We have to get rid of a Cold War philosophy that puts many civil products in the military domain,” he told Aviation International News in an exclusive interview.
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.
Nordam Group has elected Industry veteran Jonathan “Jack” Schofield to its board of directors. Schofield spent 38 years in the aviation business, previously serving as president of United Technologies Corp. and vice president international of Pratt & Whitney’s Commercial and Military Engine Divisions. In 2001 he retired from his position as chairman and CEO of Airbus North America Holdings.
The board of directors of Brazilian jet manufacturer Embraer has appointed Frederico Fleury Curado president and CEO. Mauro Kern Jr. will replace Curado as executive v-p of the airline market. Antonio Julio Franco and Flavio Rimoli were named executive v-p of organizational development and executive v-p, legal counsel, respectively.
Making a final show appearance here is Boeing Business Jets chief pilot Capt. Mike Hewett, whose BBJ flight to EBACE saw him pass the 12,800 flying-hour mark (including more than 4,000 hours in the U.S. Navy flying mostly Grumman A-6 Intruders).
Jet Aviation was acquired by European private equity firm Permira Funds in 2005 and, barely a year later, bought major independent aviation services and completion center Midcoast Aviation of East Cahokia, Illinois. Now, the company has a new CEO–former Bombardier Business Aircraft president Peter Edwards–and is charting a course for the future.
On May 20, Peter Edwards, formerly president of Bombardier’s Business Aircraft Division, took over as group CEO at Jet Aviation, succeeding interim CEO Carl Hirschmann. Edwards is now responsible for all of Jet Aviation’s global activities. His aviation experience spans 28 years and also includes senior positions at AiResearch and Gulfstream. Edwards has served on the boards of both GAMA and NBAA.
Swiss-based aviation services provider Jet Aviation has tapped Norbert Marx as senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Basel unit. Marx succeeds 34-year company veteran Rainer Albecker, who will remain with Jet Aviation’s completions operation.
Two of Signature Flight Support’s top managers in Europe will be making it to this year’s Paris Air Show on just two wheels to raise money for children’s charity Starlight Foundation. David Best (left), the FBO group’s managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will be cycling from London to Paris Le Bourget Airport, along with Steve Gulvin, Signature’s regional director for Europe and the Middle East.
AirCell, one of the world’s leading airborne telecommunications service providers, has named Sergio Aguirre as its OEM sales manager. Aguirre brings more than 20 years of industry experience to the position, where he will manage the Colorado-based company’s business aviation OEM relationships.
Prior to joining AirCell, Aguirre held positions of increasing responsibility with Gulfstream Aerospace, Airshow and Securaplane.
Dale Meiler, lead maintenance inspector for Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, is the recipient of the ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician’s Award. The annual honor is given in recognition of the outstanding performance of a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for 20 or more years.