As president and CEO, Stuart Matthews has been the face of the Flight Safety Foundation for the past 13 years. In October, he retired and handed the reins to William Voss, former director of air navigation for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
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.
Dr. Lutz Bertling, former managing director of Eurocopter Deutschland, took over as president and CEO of Eurocopter in October last year and has also been appointed as a member of parent company EADS’s executive committee. He is the first German to head the Marignane, France-based manufacturer, founded as a Franco-German company in 1992.
Early last July Pierre Beaudoin’s 10-month stint as president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace came to an end as he passed the baton to Pierre Gabriel Côté. Beaudoin, the son of Bombardier chairman Laurent Beaudoin and the grandson of company founder Joseph-Armand Bombardier, was asked to serve in an interim capacity in September 2005 when Peter Edwards departed after 10 years.
After becoming the longest-serving Transportation Secretary in the department’s history, Norman Mineta tendered his resignation to President Bush in June. The lone Democrat in the Cabinet, he said it was time to move on to other challenges and joined New York public relations firm Hill & Knowlton as vice chairman.
A spate of crashes that led the FAA to propose mandatory pilot training requirements for the Mitsubishi MU-2 galvanized Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) into action. Representing constituents Jim and Linda Presba, whose son was killed in a Dec. 10, 2004, MU-2 crash near Centennial, Colo., Tancredo launched an effort to force the FAA to ground the MU-2.
A little over two years after joining NetJets as president, Bill Boisture Jr. resigned from his position and formed W. Boisture & Associates. Immediately thereafter, he announced he would be retained as a consultant to NetJets under a long-term agreement. About five months later, he joined The Carlyle Group as senior advisor.
Since taking over as president of the Regional Airline Association (RAA) from Walt Coleman six years ago, Debby McElroy has steered the organization toward a more vocal and active role in government affairs, helped heighten the regional airline industry’s influence over transportation policy and shepherded the association through some of the most tumultuous and transformative times in the history of air transport.
Remarkably, the two pilots and three passengers on a NetJets Hawker 800XP and the pilot of a Schleicher sailplane escaped with their lives when the two aircraft collided at about 16,000 feet in VMC on August 28 near Smith, Nev. After the collision the pilot of the glider, 58-year-old Akihiro Hirao, bailed out and alighted safely, while the badly damaged jet made an emergency gear-up landing at Carson City Airport.
Jonathan Ornstein rarely goes more than a few weeks without making headlines in the aviation press, but the fiery CEO of Mesa Air Group outdid himself last year with the launch of his new Go! subsidiary in Hawaii.
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey stonewalled the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) in new contract talks, declaring an impasse on April 5 and unilaterally imposing a new contract on June 5. The actions came after nine months of negotiations with the union that the agency claimed cost taxpayers $2.3 million.