NASA’s longest serving administrator, Dan Goldin, will resign from the space agency November 17 after being in that position for 10 years. He accepted an interim position as senior fellow for the Washington-based Council on Competitiveness, an organization that works to establish U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership in world markets.
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.
Executive Jet named Jim Christiansen vice president of national accounts for its NetJets fractional aircraft ownership program. For the peripatetic bizjet executive the appointment comes as something of a reunion–Christiansen served with Executive Jet back in the early 1980s when EJ was pioneering the concept of professional business jet management. Christiansen recently left TAG Aviation USA, where he was executive vice president and COO.
Executive Jet has named former communications and entertainment executive Mark Booth co-chairman of its NetJets Europe fractional aircraft ownership program. Booth, based in London, will help expand NetJets throughout Europe. He joined NetJets from epartners, a subsidiary of News Corp., where he was a general partner. His career has spanned 20 years in the communications and entertainment industries.
Raytheon Aircraft chairman and CEO Jim Schuster revealed an interim management team, the company’s second major leadership reorganization in six months (AIN, August, page 1). The actions follow a decrease in sales and deliveries in the third quarter. Brad Hatt, the former v-p of global GA sales, is the new acting v-p of aircraft business, replacing Richard Danforth.
Last February, Pierre Beaudoin, son of Bombardier chairman Laurent Beaudoin, replaced Robert Gillespie as president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft. Now Beaudoin has replaced Michael Graff as president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace.
Leadership changes are under way at NBAA, as two long-time senior staffers leave the organization.
Senior vice president of operations Bob Blouin resigned as of August 31 and senior vice president of government and public affairs Pete West will depart on November 1.
Ed Bolen is having little trouble settling in at NBAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
An old hand at carrying general aviation’s banner–beginning with a stint as a Senate aide on Capitol Hill and continuing for almost a decade with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)– NBAA’s new president is already well versed in representing business aviation to policymakers.
Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation, received the 2004 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Piper General Aviation Award.
Mesa Air Group founder Larry Risley, 59, died of colorectal cancer on September 22 in Austin, Texas. A native of Abilene, Texas, Risley founded the airline in 1982 from the assets of a single-airplane charter service he started two years earlier. By the time he retired in 1998, Inc.
Eric Mandemaker has assumed the role of CEO of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), replacing Brian Humphries, who has been named EBAA president.