Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) is now the top House Democrat on aviation issues after colleagues voted him to sit on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He will also serve as the ranking member on the aviation subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over all aspects of civil aviation, including safety, infrastructure, labor, commerce and international issues. The subcommittee also oversees the FAA.
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.
During yesterday morning’s opening session of NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers conference in San Antonio, Gerald Grady, the manager of flight dispatch for CSX Corporation, was presented with the 2013 Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award.
Aviation alphabet groups praised the appointment of Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) to serve as the new chairman of the aviation subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure during the 113th Congress. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over civil aviation in the U.S., including most aspects of the FAA, TSA and NTSB.
Signature Flight Support has promoted several executives as company head Michael Scheeringa fills a new role as president and CEO of the newly created Flight Services division at parent BBA Aviation. Taking over for Scheeringa at Signature is Maria Sastre, who has been promoted to president and COO at the FBO chain. Sastre reports directly to Scheeringa. In addition, Signature promoted Geoff Heck to senior vice president of sales and marketing, a position where he will focus on global sales.
Odyssey Aerospace Components, a manufacturer of business jet interior cabinetry and components, is hiring, with jobs open for cabinetry manufacturers and stress engineers. The company recently hired John Turner, who “is responsible for engineering leadership while meeting the company’s vision and customer-centric goals.” Turner most recently worked at Weber Aircraft and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, master’s in industrial engineering and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Nextant Aerospace named Sean McGeough as president today to help the Cleveland-based company build on its growth with the remanufactured 400XT. McGeough, previously Hawker Beechcraft president for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, will concentrate on developing strategies that will allow Nextant to boost its global market penetration. Since late 2011 the company has delivered 25 Nextant 400XTs to buyers on four continents and has a sales backlog exceeding $175 million.
Piper Aircraft appointed James Funk as vice president of operations today, a position where he will be responsible for aircraft manufacturing operations, production engineering, logistics and quality. He brings nearly 30 years of operations management, manufacturing engineering and program leadership experience to Piper. Before joining Piper, Funk was Bombardier Learjet’s general manager of operations for the Learjet 85 program. Before that, he was vice president of operations for Hawker Beechcraft and its predecessor, Raytheon Aircraft.
Business aviation veteran Jim Christiansen joined FlightSafety International as vice president for international business development, where he will lead the training company’s efforts to increase the support it provides to customers who live outside the U.S.
Aerion, which aims to develop a supersonic business jet, promoted Doug Nichols to CEO yesterday. Nichols, who was previously COO at the company, also joined Aerion’s board of directors. In his new capacity he is responsible for all corporate activities of Aerion, including its recently acquired Desktop Aeronautics aerospace software and consultancy subsidiary based in Palo Alto, Calif. “Doug’s promotion…will allow an increasingly vertically integrated Aerion to expand and monetize its portfolio of transonic and supersonic intellectual property,” said Robert M.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has a corporate culture that emphasizes giving back, and some 1,600 graduates of its Colégio Embraer Juarez Wanderley, in São Jose dos Campos, are evidence that the industry–and the company–benefit from the effort. With that in mind, the company is opening its second school, in Botucatu.