Former Cessna Aircraft chairman and CEO Russ Meyer received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Carol B. Hallett Award on Thursday. “Russ’s critical leadership role at the intersection of aviation, business, policy and philanthropy exemplifies the spirit of the Chamber and all it embodies,” said AOPA senior vice president of government affairs Melissa Rudinger. Meyer, who served as a fighter pilot with both the USAF and USMC and spent more than three decades at Cessna, previously received NBAA’s Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, among many other accolades.
According to Cessna chairman and CEO Russ Meyer, the company’s 75th year in business could be its best ever in terms of deliveries and billings. Meyer said that by year-end the Wichita airframer will deliver more than 300 Citations, 100 Caravans and 500 piston singles; billings are expected to top $3.2 billion.