The board of directors of General Dynamics elected Raynor Reavis, Gulfstream Aerospace senior v-p of marketing and sales, a vice president of the airframer’s parent corporation, which has 23 other v-ps. Reavis, 63, joins four other top executives at Gulfstream Aerospace who are vice presidents at General Dynamics.
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.
John Uczekaj, with Honeywell since 1986 and most recently executive v-p and general manager of Honeywell Aerospace Electronics Systems in Phoenix, has been named the new COO for The Nordam Group in Tulsa, Okla. At Honeywell, Uczekaj was deeply involved in the successful introduction of several advanced avionics systems.
Steven Hill will become president of Boeing Business Jets, replacing Lee Monson, who becomes v-p of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Sales for the Middle East and Africa. Hill was formerly business director of Boeing Aircraft Trading. Boeing Business Jets is a joint venture with General Electric. Since the company’s launch in July 1996, Boeing Business Jets said it has received orders for nearly 90 BBJs, and there are more than 75 in service.
Dr. Rudolfo Baviera is the new chairman of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). Baviera, chairman and CEO of Italian charter and aircraft management firm Eurofly Service, will succeed Brian Humphries at the end of next month. Humphries will become EBAA’s full-time CEO, succeeding Fernand Francois, who is retiring after 12 years in the post.
Paul A. Schweizer, soaring pioneer and the second of three brothers who founded Schweizer Aircraft in the 1930s, died on August 18 at the age of 91 in Elmira, N.Y. Long out of the sailplane business, Schweizer Aircraft has since expanded into airframe subcontracting work and helicopter development and manufacturing but is still family-run.
NBAA senior v-p of operations Bob Blouin resigned for certain at the end of last month. He had announced in March that he would resign, but returned two days later when former NBAA president and CEO Shelley Longmuir left the association. This time, Blouin’s resignation comes less than three weeks after Ed Bolen was named the association’s new president and CEO.
In keeping with NBAA’s new effort to seek candidates who are familiar with business aviation through a “variety of professional skills and experiences,” three of the association’s four new board members are not directly from corporate flight departments. The new members are Thomas Frist, pilot and co-founder of Hospital Corporation of America. Dr. Frist is also the brother of Senate majority leader William Frist (R-Tenn.).
The Tennessee Museum of Aviation and Aviation Hall of Fame selected its honorees for this year; the formal induction ceremony will take place in November. Among the honorees are Walter Beech, Robert McNab and James Wolfe. Born in Pulaski, Tenn., Beech founded Beech Aircraft in 1932; the company is now part of Raytheon.
Meggitt/S-Tec announced that it has promoted two employees to director positions. Greg Plantz, formerly the regional sales manager for the Midwest, is now the director of sales; James Brown will become the director of supply chain management.
FlightSafety International promoted John Marino to vice president of government relations. Marino was most recently sales and marketing manager for Asia.