National Aeronautic Association

March 5, 2014 - 12:15am

Airbus Corporate Jets has appointed Benoit Defforge managing director. He will also maintain his previous role as head of the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC).

Bill Chiles, president and CEO of helicopter operator Bristow Group, announced he will retire at the end of July but will remain with the company in a consulting role for another two years. He will be replaced by senior v-p and CFO Jonathan Baliff.

January 23, 2014 - 2:25pm

National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) president and CEO and long-time general aviation advocate Henry Ogrodzinski passed away last night after a battle with cancer. He joined NASAO in 1996 and also served on the boards of directors of the National Aeronautic Association, the Aero Club of Washington, the Airport Cooperative Research Program, the Board of Nominations for the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Selection Committee for the annual Collier Trophy.

December 2, 2013 - 5:05am

Eric Martel, previously president of Bombardier customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft, has been named president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. He succeeds Steve Ridolfi, who was appointed the Canadian airframer’s senior v-p of strategy and mergers and acquisitions.

Universal Avionics promoted Paul DeHerrera to CEO from COO. Joachim Naimer remains the Arizona-based company’s president and chairman of the board.

June 13, 2013 - 12:40pm

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) are seeking nominations by June 30 for awards that recognize individuals “who fly for the benefit of others and their public-benefit flying organizations.” Nominations are currently being accepted for five categories: distinguished volunteer pilot; distinguished volunteer; outstanding achievement in advancement of public-benefit flying; public-benefit flying teamwork award; and champion of public-benefit flying. Nominees must be either U.S. citizens or U.S. organizations.

February 7, 2013 - 3:20pm

The Gulfstream G650 was nominated this week for the National Aeronautic Association’s 2012 Robert J.

January 3, 2013 - 12:45am

Jet Support Services (JSSI) has named co-president Neil Book as president and CEO. He suceeds Louis Seno, who will serve as chairman emeritus and special advisor to the board of directors.

Samuel Hill, previously president of Embraer Aircraft in Fort Lauderdale and most recently retired from his position of senior v-p of sales and marketing at Honda Aircraft, has been appointed CEO of Quest Aircraft.

November 20, 2012 - 2:25pm

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen received this year’s Charles Lindbergh General Aviation Diploma from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) last Tuesday. The award is given for significant contributions to the progress and success of GA in either air sport or transportation, or in the work of international bodies concerned with GA. “[Ed] has had a major, positive impact on the world’s general aviation community for well over a decade and is a most worthy recipient of the Diploma,” said Jonathan Gaffney, president of the National Aeronautic Association, the U.S.

October 31, 2012 - 10:00am
Art Greenfield, NAA director of contest and records

The National Aeronautic Association has been certifying aviation records since 1905, and here the NBAA Convention honors Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft for recent record-setting feats. The top speed reached among the group was 599.63 mph, captured by a Gulfstream G150. This is a far cry from the first record certified–25 mph!– on an Oct. 23, 1906 flight by Alberto Santos-Dumont, the Brazilian aviation pioneer, in his 14-Bis, or Oiseau de proie (French for “bird of prey”), one-of-a-kind biplane.

October 30, 2012 - 9:30am

The business aviation industry lost one of its visionary leaders when Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of training provider FlightSafety International died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. on Oct. 18, at the age of 95. Growing up during the Great Depression in rural Kentucky in a family of modest means, he was bitten by the flying bug early on and decided to become a pilot. In pursuit of that dream, he ran a hamburger stand to fund his flying lessons and soloed at the age of 16.

October 20, 2010 - 1:19pm

Hawker Beechcraft’s (HBC) flagship super-midsize Hawker 4000 received six world speed records at NBAA for flights made between October of 2009 and April 2010, all set in the “Speed Over a Recognized Course” category. The awards were presented by National Aeronautic Association (NAA) president Jonathan Gaffney and are sanctioned by both the NAA and the Federation Aeronautique International.

 
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