The business aviation community paid tribute to the passing of veteran business aviation marketing, communications, and publishing executive Gilbert Wolin. Called a "stalwart" and a "luminary" by his peers in the industry, Wolin died on Monday at the age of 71.
“Gil’s passing comes as a great loss for the business aviation community,” National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) president and CEO Ed Bolen said. “He set an example as a friend, a mentor, and an industry champion. Through his words and actions, he made us better.”
National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president and CEO Curt Castagna further called Wolin, who was a past board member of the organization, a “catalyst for change” who helped to amplify the industry’s voice on a range of priority issues.
The middle of three generations of aviation professionals, Wolin’s business aviation career spanned some 50 years and involved roles with numerous companies, from leading sales and marketing at NetJets predecessor Executive Jet Aviation to serving as v-p of marketing at the Combs Gates/AMR Combs FBO chain and president of Denver-based charter/management company Mayo Aviation.
His career led him to a publisher’s role at Business & Commercial Aviation, A/C Flyer, and Show News magazines—which were then owned by McGraw-Hill—before he joined TAG Aviation USA as v-p of corporate communications. Wolin ultimately founded his own consultancy in 2009 to assist business aviation service providers and launched Business Aviation Advisor for business jet users.
During this time, he remained a strong industry advocate. Along with NATA, he served on the Corporate Angel Network and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Association presidential advisory boards. Also active with NBAA, the Massachusetts Airport Management Association, and the Business Aviation Professionals of New England, Wolin was a frequent speaker at national and regional events.
"Gil's passion, wisdom, and dedication will be remembered for years to come,” said Castagna. “Time with Gil was always time well spent. He will be greatly missed."