Aviation International News » October 2004

December 19, 2007 - 3:14pm

Rolls-Royce promoted Scott Crislip to helicopters president for the company.

He succeeds Stuart Mullan, who is leaving to pursue other interests. Crislip joined Rolls-Royce in 2002 as v-p of mission-ready management solutions.

CMC Electronics named Jean-Pierre Mortreux president and CEO. He joined the company from Thales Avionics North America, where he was president and CEO.

October 1, 2007 - 11:14am

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.

October 1, 2007 - 11:10am

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.

October 1, 2007 - 11:04am

Members of the Air Line Pilots Association will be asked their views on the Age 60 mandatory retirement rule for airline pilots. The union, which has historically opposed any effort to raise the retirement age, is now worried that the current financial crisis in the airline industry could cut pilots’ career earnings. ALPA pilots are concerned they might have to work in other professions or as pilots outside the U.S.

October 1, 2007 - 11:03am

Twenty medical conditions that are serious enough to require special issuance (SI) first- and second-class medicals can now be cleared by an aviation medical examiner (AME) after an initial review by the FAA. This means that once the FAA issues an SI medical certificate, pilots can then go to their AMEs for a renewal, provide all of the necessary medical reports and, if the condition has not changed, leave with another valid SI medical.

October 1, 2007 - 11:02am

In an unusual move, the NTSB reversed an FAA emergency certificate revocation against Michael Tarascio, owner and former chief pilot of Air East Management, a Long Island, N.Y. charter firm. The FAA pulled Tarascio’s ATP and A&P mechanic certificates in the wake of the Aug. 4, 2003, fatal crash of a company-managed Learjet 35A in Groton, Conn. (see page 140).

October 1, 2007 - 11:01am

Cessna president Jack Pelton said it is inevitable that his company will design and manufacture a supersonic business jet (SSBJ), although when it will happen is anyone’s guess. Pelton made the remark during his keynote speech at the Society of Flight Test Engineers’ annual symposium in Wichita last month.

October 1, 2007 - 10:05am

PATS Aircraft, the Georgetown, Del.-based specialist in large executive/ VIP interior completions, recently outfitted a green BBJ2 for an Eastern European head of state in what it claims is a record 207 days, or about seven months. The interior, said v-p of quality and procurement Dominick Scott, came in 123 pounds under the target weight of 18,200 pounds.

October 1, 2007 - 10:01am

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.

October 1, 2007 - 10:00am

Ceres Group of Davidson, N.C., has announced CopterShares, a by-the-hour helicopter membership program. Flight time will be sold in increments of 25 hours and membership will include an annual maintenance and service fee. Ceres Group president Joseph DePaulis expects clients to include banks, corporations, race teams and drivers. Ceres plans to start operating the service with two Eurocopter EC 120s in the first of quarter next year.