People

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.

February 1, 2007 - 4:35am

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Flight Display Systems named Tom Austin Jr. president. He joined the company from Cutter Aviation, where he was v-p of aircraft services.

Mineral Wells, Texas-based Meggitt/S-Tec named Michael McMillan president of the company. McMillan was a founding v-p of Piaggio America and had a 21-year career with Raytheon Aircraft.

January 31, 2007 - 9:58am

Fred Barth, former manager of flight control for AT&T, retired last spring after 27 years with the Morristown, N.J.-based flight department. He can be reached at (973) 697-2648 or fbarth@wyvernltd.com. Former Tenet Health flight department scheduler Melanie Carney is now a flight coordinator with TAG Aviation in San Francisco.

January 31, 2007 - 9:42am

In honor of its 10th year, Women in Aviation International is soliciting donations. Contributions may be designated to the WAI Endowment Fund for scholarships and educational programs or to operations. Checks should be made payable to Women in Aviation International and sent to P.O. Box 11287, Daytona Beach, Fla. 32120-1287.

January 31, 2007 - 9:32am

Peter Wright Jr. was promoted to vice chairman of West Chester, Pa.-based Keystone Helicopter. A Keystone employee for 35 years, Wright was appointed secretary/treasurer in 1970, vice president in 1973 and president in 1985. Wright was also honored with the company’s Helicopter Leadership Award last month.

January 31, 2007 - 9:32am

NBAA continued to bolster and realign its senior staff last month, hiring aviation lobbyist Lisa Piccione as its new senior vice president of government affairs and promoting longtime NBAA staffers David Almy and Kathleen Blouin to senior vice presidencies. In addition, the association hired Dan Hubbard as vice president of communications.

January 31, 2007 - 9:16am

Cessna and its parent, Textron, rallied quickly to support president and CEO Jack Pelton’s credentials in the wake of a damaging 60 Minutes segment that aired last month. The CBS show mentioned that Pelton was among thousands who essentially purchased college degrees from an alleged diploma mill, specifically Hamilton University in Evanston, Wyo.

January 31, 2007 - 8:51am

Former Pentagon official Thomas Bloom has been named CFO of the FAA, overseeing the agency’s $14 billion operating budget, as well as the development and FAA-wide application of cost accounting and performance management policies and systems.

January 31, 2007 - 8:49am

Adm. James Loy, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has been promoted to second-in-command at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was selected over other higher-ranking officials in the Cabinet department.

January 31, 2007 - 8:37am

Frank Piasecki, president and founder of Piasecki Aircraft, has been awarded the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Trophy. A reception was held at a Senate office building in Washington, D.C., followed by
a ceremony at the museum, where Piasecki was presented with the award.

January 31, 2007 - 8:30am

Congratulations to “the Henry Ford of helicopters,” Frank Robinson, who was presented with the Howard Hughes Memorial Award at a reception in Los Angeles recently. The 26th recipient of the award–a solid silver medal cast from ore extracted from Hughes’s Nevada mines–joins luminaries such as Jack Northrop, Jimmy Doolittle and Chuck Yeager on the list of honorees.

 
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