FAA enforcement cases tend to focus on the front-line employees, usually pilots or mechanics, who allegedly violate federal aviation regulations. Occasionally other certified airmen, such as aircraft dispatchers, parachute riggers or air traffic controllers at contract towers, face enforcement action.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) announced Neil Book has been named president and CEO, and Louis Seno will serve as chairman emeritus and special advisor to the board of directors. Robert Book will act as chairman of the board and industry veteran Bryan Moss and Joe DaGrosa will both serve as vice chairmen of the board. Susan Marr continues as a member of the board, general counsel and chief administrative officer of JSSI, as well as chief executive officer of Aviation Insurance, an affiliate of JSSI.
Signature Flight Support appointed Sami Teittinen as CFO today. In his new role he will be responsible for strategic planning and management of all financially related activities of the company, including business development. Teittinen comes from Signature sister company Aircraft Service International (ASIG), where he was CFO and led the company through several acquisitions, finance department restructuring and infrastructure reinvestments. He is based at Signature’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla., and will report to company president Michael Scheeringa.
Sir Ralph Robins, formerly executive chairman of Rolls-Royce, has joined the board of Gama Group as a non-executive chairman. “This comes at a time of significant expansion and I am very much looking forward to working with him,” said Marwan Khalek, CEO of Gama Group. “Sir Ralph’s unique blend of aerospace, international business, corporate governance experience and know-how will ensure that we deliver even better value to our customers, employees and investors.”
At a time when some see business aviation as an unnecessary extravagance, a new study sponsored by NBAA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and others has concluded that over a broad range of uses, business aircraft can materially benefit shareholders.
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today welcomed the release of a new study that indicates companies using business aviation outperform those without aircraft.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has reorganized its management team following departure last month of CEO Eric Mandemaker. The Brussels-based organization announced on April 2 that he had left the organization “with immediate effect by mutual consent.”
Michael Denham, Bombardier senior v-p of strategy, and 60 other corporate officers are being fired from the Montreal-based transportation company. The move is part of a major organizational change in the wake of CEO Paul Tellier’s dismissal and the creation of the Office of the President, which “regroups strategic and executive management responsibilities around the chairman” and new CEO Laurent Beaudoin.
The DOT Inspector General office has given an unqualified, or “clean,” opinion of the financial statements of the NTSB following an outside private audit for FY 2006.
Outsiders have been brought in to lead a recovery at MD Helicopters. The appointments follow the recent acquisition of the Mesa, Ariz., company by New York financial firm Patriarch Partners. Robert Rene, previously CEO of Hilton Hotels division InnMedia, was named MD Helicopters’ CEO. Randy Kesterson, formerly executive v-p and COO of Curtiss-Wright Controls, was appointed COO.
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