Michael Hohm, 63, the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) director and liaison to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), died on January 11, following a battle with a brain tumor. He represented the business aviation industry on the ICAO Air Navigation Commission and, as IBAC liaison, was responsible for day-to-day relationships with the ICAO Secretariat and national delegations.
“Michael was a tremendous advocate for our industry and a dear colleague to all of us at IBAC and to all our member associations,” said IBAC director general Kurt Edwards. “He will be missed dearly, especially for his sincere dedication [to] and passion for aviation, and his kindness that fostered so many relationships throughout the industry during his career.”
An ATP-rated pilot, Hohm had accumulated 5,800 flight hours as a professional pilot, flying in Canada, the Arctic, and the U.S. After serving as a de Havilland DHC-7 and -8 flight instructor at FlightSafety International, he joined Transport Canada in 1988 as a civil aviation inspector and later took the role as supervisor of airport policy and standards. He moved over to Nav Canada in Ottawa in 1996, spending the next 13 years as manager of airspace planning and design. In 2009, he became a technical officer for ICAO before ultimately becoming IBAC's director and ICAO liaison.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Saint John.