Why do we need something like this R&D center?
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.
Michael Griffin reported to work late last month as the 11th administrator of NASA. By his own admission, Griffin will be “spending a good deal of my time reviewing our progress toward returning the space shuttle safely to flight,” so it remains to be seen if his experience as a flight instructor and instrument-rated multi-engine pilot will result in a renewed emphasis on aeronautics research.
Retired Navy Rear Admiral David Stone, who earned high praise from general aviation groups as head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is departing the agency next month after little more than a year in the top job. He is the third administrator to leave the TSA in its three-year existence.
Ed Stimpson retired from yet another job last December. That lasted just a few weeks, and then he joined Flight Safety Foundation’s board of directors. In February he was elected chairman. This time, however, he is working pro bono.
How has the past year been for Raytheon Aircraft?
It’s been a great year for Raytheon Aircraft. Four years ago we set out to provide the highest quality and best support in the industry. We’ve really raised the bar, and I believe we’ve completely transformed the business aviation industry because of this.
How has this year been for Cessna?
John Hall is the new president of Indianapolis-based Premier Jet Aviation. He was previously senior v-p of sales and marketing for CitationShares and was a founding member of the Cessna CitationJet division.
Eric Bachelet was named president and CEO of CFM International, the joint Snecma and General Electric company. Bachelet joined Snecma in 1971 and has held various positions with the Safran Group.
Last month James Bass replaced Chuck Suma as president and CEO of Piper Aircraft. The change was announced in a terse statement by the Vero Beach, Fla. manufacturer, but the decision would have been made by American Capital Strategies, the Bethesda, Md., investment firm that purchased Piper in 2003.
The Beaudoin family deepened its leadership of Montreal-based Bombardier last month following the departure of Peter Edwards as president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. The change at the top also follows several recent and major changes at the division’s operating levels while Edwards was in charge.
Signature Flight Support president Beth Haskins remains at her post, despite an announcement earlier this year that she would be leaving last month. She told AIN the delay in her separation is a result of Signature’s 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.