Jet Aviation, founded almost 40 years ago in 1967 by the late Carl Hirschmann as a modest one-hangar FBO in Basel, Switzerland, has enjoyed constant growth ever since the company was acquired by European private equity company Permira Funds in mid-2005. At the time of the takeover, Jet Aviation employed a staff of 3,500 in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.
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.
Aircraft design pioneer Ed Swearingen is as convinced today as he was 30 years ago that business aircraft manufacturers are selling their customers short by delivering products that still don’t get close to airliners in terms of efficiency. Why? Essentially, because they are still designing business jets as if they were powered by turboprop engines, the veteran told an April 11 press briefing in London.
Harrods Aviation has been honored as best handling agent in the Excellence Awards voted for by members of the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA). The UK business aviation services group has FBOs at London’s Stansted and Luton airports. BACA members also selected air taxi firm London Executive Aviation as best general aviation operator and Dubai International Airport as the best airport.
Handling and flight planning specialist Feras has appointed Otto Wright as its new sales director. Having begun operations in Russia back in 1992, Feras is fast expanding with bases throughout eastern and central Europe, as well as in Germany and Belgium. The group now has over 90 stations in more than 21 different countries. “Feras is entering its next level in terms of company size.
Michael Sattler, presently director of quality and technical services at Jet Aviation Basel, will take over as vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Singapore, at Seletar Airport, effective June 15, the company announced here at EBACE. He will replace Thomas Rüdisühli, who will return to Switzerland and leave the Jet Aviation Group.
Michael Girps is the new vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation’s FBO at London Biggin Hill Airport, succeeding Stephen Koss. Since May 1, Girps has been responsible for maintenance and FBO services at the company’s facility, located southeast of the UK capital. He was previously in charge of Jet Aviation’s engineering services in San Antonio, Texas.
Socata’s owner customer survey shows that 63 percent of typical TBM pilots regularly fly more than 500 nm and 15 percent regularly fly more than 1,000 nm. One of the latter is John Hinshaw, a Frankfort, Indiana-based roofing contractor. The first person to order a TBM 850, Hinshaw has flown his own TBM 700 since July 2003, but says he is looking forward to owning a TBM 850. After visiting Tarbes to inspect work on aircraft No.
Back in 2000, customers were not thrilled with Raytheon’s product-support performance, and neither was the airframer itself. Ed Dolanski was brought in from retail giant Wal-Mart and over the past six years he has made significant progress by pushing through new processes and technology.
The Nordam Group (Booth No. 954) has hired Terry Gray as director of engineering and program management at its Interiors and Structures Division. Gray will be responsible for current and future programs planning as Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Nordam moves forward with engineering-driven manufacturing programs. Gray will report directly to Gary Ball, vice president and general manager, Interiors and Structures Division.
When Rob Gillette arrived at Honeywell Aerospace in January 2005 as its new CEO and president he quickly set out to reorganize the complex engines/avionics/systems giant so that it would make better sense to its customers.