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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 Hanson, the last surviving member of the Memphis Belle B-17 bomber crew, died October 1 in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 85. Hanson, the radio operator for the aircraft, and the crew flew 148 hours in the aircraft and dropped more than 60 tons of bombs over Germany and France in World War II.
The Airline Pilots Association awarded its 2004 Air Safety Award to Robert Sumwalt, a retired US Airways captain. The award is presented to a line pilot air safety volunteer who has made significant contributions to safety through volunteer service in the association’s air safety structure.
The Nordam Group named Ken Lackey chairman and CEO and John Uczekaj president and COO. Nordam chairman Ray Siegfried II died on October 6. Lackey had served as CEO and president of Nordam since 2001. He was recently named vice chairman and CEO. Uczekaj joined the company as COO in August last year after serving as executive v-p and general manager of Honeywell’s aerospace and electronics systems business.
The Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC) Board of Directors has announced a change in the organization’s leadership team. Steve Dick will no longer be CAMC’s CEO. A new CEO is expected to be forthcoming. Until then, Les Aalders will serve as acting executive director to oversee the daily operations of the secretariat.
Geoff Goodyear, president and CEO of Universal Helicopters Newfoundland, has received the 2005 Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award for his commitment to accident prevention. The award was established to foster awareness of aviation safety in Canada and to recognize people or organizations that have contributed to this objective in an exceptional way.
Jeff Bosque was named president of Associated Air Center. He replaced Rick Penshorn, who resigned in April for personal reasons. Bosque was previously v-p of sales and marketing for the aircraft completions company. Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated named Roger Wolfe executive v-p of operations for the combined company. Wolfe was most recently general manager and vice president for Honeywell Airframe Systems.
The NTSB should be able to choose which general aviation accidents it investigates, former Board member Carol Carmody said in a speech before the Washington Aero Club.
American Eagle president and RAA chairman Peter Bowler posited a proposal to ease the airlines’ burden for funding FAA and ATC services: get business aviation to pay its fair share. “Airlines fund 90 percent of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund but account for only 60 percent of the activity,” Bowler said during an RAA press gathering. “Business jets in particular are getting a free ride.”
President Bush has nominated Edmund “Kip” Hawley to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security in charge of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). If the Senate confirms him, he will become the agency’s fourth director in four years.