Pete Reynolds, 69, the former Bombardier Learjet chief flight-test pilot, died on Thursday. He will be inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame–as previously scheduled, but now posthumously–tonight at a ceremony hosted by the Kansas Aviation Museum and Wichita Aero Club. Reynolds played a major role in the development, testing and certification of virtually every Learjet model between 1973, when he joined Learjet, and 2003, when he retired. He spent the last eight years of his tenure with Bombardier as the vice president of flight test.
Former Bombardier Learjet chief flight-test pilot Pete Reynolds will be inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame on April 15 at a ceremony hosted by the Kansas Aviation Museum and Wichita Aero Club. Reynolds had a major role in the development, testing and certification of virtually every Learjet model between 1973, when he joined Learjet, and 2003, when he retired.
Bombardier Aerospace delayed today’s scheduled maiden flight of the Learjet 85 because of weather in Wichita, where the aircraft was assembled and is being tested, Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin said at an investor conference this morning in New York.
FlightSafety International promoted Brian Moore to assistant manager of the company’s Cessna learning center in Wichita. He succeeds Randy Annett, who was promoted to manager of FlightSafety’s center in Tucson, Ariz. Moore joined FlightSafety in 1990 as an instructor at the Hawker Beechcraft center, also in Wichita. He worked his way up the ranks and most recently served as FlightSafety’s relationship manager with Beechcraft. Moore, an ATP with more than 3,000 flight hours, has provided more than 6,000 hours of ground school and simulator instruction to date.
Bombardier Aerospace has opened a regional support office (RSO) in Toluca, Mexico. The office will anchor regional support capabilities for Bombardier business aircraft customers throughout Mexico and surrounding areas.
The office is located alongside Bombardier’s new business aircraft sales team within the Assertec FBO on Toluca Airport. The office will be home to three field service representatives, one sales director, one RSO administrative assistant and one RSO manager.
General aviation advocate and former Cessna Aircraft chief Russ Meyer received the Wichita Aero Club Trophy on Saturday. In introducing Meyer before he was bestowed with the Wichita Aero Club’s highest honor, NBAA chairman and CEO Ed Bolen called him “one of the most significant figures in general aviation history.” Meyer joined Cessna in 1974, and over his 31-year tenure there the Wichita company delivered 67,000 aircraft. He also worked to establish the FAA’s Airport and Airway Trust Fund in 1970 and was central to the passage of the General Aviation Revitalization Act in 1994.
Nordam announced on January 10 that it is consolidating its Wichita business jet design and production facility into its Interiors & Structures division at Nordam headquarters in Tulsa, Okla. The move affects about 75 people who work at the Wichita branch, which opened in 2007 and covers 120,000 sq ft. Nordam is offering first opportunities for jobs in Tulsa to the Wichita employees. In Tulsa, Nordam is adding a 50,000-sq-ft expansion of the Interior & Structures division, scheduled to open later this year.
The first Learjet 28 Longhorn (Serial Number 28-001) cruised at 50,000 feet somewhere between Allentown, Pa., and Mattoon, Ill., when the thought hit me. The late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, had flown this same airplane and here I was riding in the cabin.
The fallout of the Hawker Beechcraft bankruptcy continues to settle as Little Rock (Ark.) Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport prepares to seek a new tenant for the former Wichita OEM’s completion and MRO facilities. The Little Rock facility was shut down by the former Hawker Beechcraft (now Beechcraft) earlier this year as part of a decision to exit the business of building business jets.
Russell W. Meyer Jr., former chairman of the Cessna Aircraft Co., will receive the fourth annual Wichita Aero Club (WAC) trophy at the organization’s Trophy Gala on Jan. 25, 2014.
“Russ’s contributions to the aviation industry and to the local community are so numerous and so extensive that it would take a book just to list them. He is, without question, a great choice for the Wichita Aero Club Trophy,” said Dave Franson, WAC president.
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