Several executive changes at Flight Options have followed in the wake of Raytheon’s recent full acquisition of the Cleveland-based fractional provider. Chief marketing officer Cameron Gowan is out and company leader S. Michael Scheeringa is solidly in. Last Thursday, Scheeringa was named permanent CEO, after serving as the acting CEO since November 2004. Gowan has left, with his duties going to Jim Dauterman, the v-p of sales and marketing.
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.
Fourteen aviation trade groups signed aletter to the heads of the Senate foreign relations committee asking for quick action to name Donald Bliss as the next U.S. representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a position that has been vacant since Edward Stimpson stepped down last fall.
Sino Swearingen, which is preparing to start deliveries this year of the SJ30-2 light jet, last week fired its president, Carl Chen, who immediately sued the company for breach of contract and damages from alleged slander “with malice” by current chairman and CEO Ching-Chiang Kuo.
Jeffrey Borer, former owner of defunct charter operator XtraJet, and Arvel Reeves, previous owner of one-time aircraft services firm Executive Aviation Logistics, admitted guilt in a plea bargain on federal charges of secretly videotaping entertainer Michael Jackson and his attorney while flying aboard a chartered Gulfstream IISP on Nov. 20, 2003.
The European Business Aviation Association and NBAA are requesting nominations for the 2006 European Business Aviation Award, which is to be presented during the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva (May 3 to 5). The deadline for nominations is March 31.
Raytheon Aircraft has joined Gulfstream Aerospace as the only major business aircraft OEMs to elevate the head of product support to the presidential level. Last Friday, the Wichita-based manufacturer announced to its employees the appointment of Randy Groom as president of global customer service and support.
In mid-2002, former Pilatus Business Aircraft COO Thomas Bosshard was named president and CEO of this U.S. subsidiary of the Swiss manufacturer of the PC-12 turboprop single. He replaced Angelo Fiataruolo, who had been president since July 2000. Now, Bosshard, a Swiss national, is returning to Switzerland, where he has been promoted to COO of parent company Pilatus Aircraft.
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Mark Rosenker became the 11th chairman of the NTSB in August after serving as acting chairman since March 2005. A member of the NTSB since March 2003, he was designated by President Bush as vice chairman the following month.
Swiss manufacturer Pilatus elevated Thomas Bosshard from COO to president and CEO of its U.S. subsidiary, Pilatus Business Aircraft, in mid-2002, replacing Angelo Fiataruolo, who had held the position for two years. A Swiss national, Bosshard was called back to his native land last year to take the position of COO at parent company Pilatus Aircraft. In his place in Broomfield, Colo., Thomas Hunziker was named president and CEO of the U.S.