Three pilots for US Airways have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to force the FAA to immediately grant them exemptions from the mandatory retirement age of 60.
Interviews with people of interest in aerospace, including those in industry, government and AIN’s “Bizav Warriors.” Topics include announcements of personnel changes, awards and final departures.
Robert Harold Cooper, often referred to by those who knew him as “a true gentleman” and known to his friends at Gulfstream Aerospace as “Captain Bob,” died March 17 while playing golf with friends, as reported briefly in AIN’s April issue (page 108).
The five-member board of directors of Air Security International (ASI) has fired Issy Boim after 15 years as president of the Dallas-based firm he founded. ASI provides corporate aviation security products and services. Boim told AIN that he was fired because of "political reasons," but he would not elaborate.
Operation Safe Pilot, an 18-month federal probe into “the misuse of Social Security numbers by pilots,” ended last month with the indictment of 40 pilots–some with commercial or ATP certificates–on fraud charges. During the investigation of 40,000 FAA-licensed pilots in northern California, federal agents identified numerous pilots with current medicals who were receiving disability benefit payments.
German police arrested AvCraft Aviation CEO Ben Bartel last Wednesday at Frankfurt International Airport for tax evasion. Bartel, architect of a failed attempt to resurrect Germany’s Fairchild Dornier from bankruptcy, allegedly evaded €7 million ($8.53 million) in taxes through a fictitious transaction in the Cayman Islands.
German authorities have released AvCraft Aviation chairman Ben Bartel from jail some two weeks after sending him there on suspicion of tax evasion.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is looking for a new CEO to succeed Brian Humphries, who will become part-time president of the Brussels, Belgium-based group. Humphries took the chief executive’s position on a part-time basis in 2004, having previously been EBAA chairman while also serving as managing director of Shell Aviation.
Bombardier disclosed yesterday that “effective immediately” Pierre Beaudoin, son of Bombardier chairman and CEO Laurent Beaudoin, would replace Peter Edwards as president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. The Montreal-based company declined to comment on what precipitated the sudden change at the top, with a spokesman saying only that Edwards, 49, “stepped down and left the company to pursue other interests.” On Feb.
Signature Flight Support president Beth Haskins remains at her post, despite an announcement earlier this year that she would be leaving this month. She told AIN the delay in her separation is a result of Signature not having found a replacement. She is likely to remain in the position at least through the NBAA Convention, which will take place in Orlando, Fla. (home of Signature headquarters), from November 9 to 11.
You don’t expect to see a 59-year-old, gray-haired guy who looks like a middle linebacker choking up as tears well up in his eyes, but then this is John Goglia.