Paul Stinebring, a renowned international aviation expert and longtime Emerson Electric flight department manager who held key roles on the boards of NBAA and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), died on November 22. He was 78. “The business aviation community has lost a pioneer of international operations in Paul Stinebring,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, who praised his advocacy for safety and operational standards.
A graduate of Parks College in St. Louis, Stinebring was a pilot for more than 40 years and had amassed 26,000 hours of flight time. Over the years he had obtained type ratings in nine business jets, along with an FAA airframe and powerplant license. He began his business aviation career in 1967 with the Bank of St. Louis, joining Emerson Electric in 1974. He remained with Emerson until he retired in 2011 as director of international operations.
Active in the business aviation community, Stinebring joined the NBAA board of directors in 1995, serving until 2005. He further was a member of NBAA’s Airspace Air Traffic Committee and Industry Affairs Committee, but he remained focused on international operations as a member of NBAA’s International Operators Committee for years. He represented NBAA on the IBAC Governing Board for 12 years, had been vice chairman of the association, and served as chairman of the IBAC IS-BAO Standards Board. Most recently he was the IBAC representative on the International Civil Aviation North Atlantic Systems Panel.
NBAA acknowledged his long-standing contributions in 2010 with the association’s John Winant Award, which was created in honor of the former NBAA director and president who was instrumental in the creation of IBAC.
“Paul will be missed for his passion and dedication to business aviation, and we are forever grateful for inspiration and support,” said IBAC director general Kurt Edwards. “His contributions to IBAC over the years were outstanding. He made an impact on our association’s success.”