You might call Heli-Expo 2005 a triumph for Bell/Agusta Aerospace and particularly for the AB139. In the period covering European certification in 2003, FAA IFR authorization in December and last month’s show, eight AB139s have been handed over to customers, for use in roles ranging from VIP to air ambulance and a wide range of environments. Twenty-six more were ordered in Anaheim last month.
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.
GA groups generally welcomed the Senate confirmation of Judge Michael Chertoff to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, replacing Tom Ridge, who resigned. But his positions on general aviation are still unknown.
Bill Stine, director of international operations at NBAA, may not have done it all, but he has done a lot–from flying corporate airplanes to crop-dusting.
The European business aviation community is mourning the death of one of its pioneers following the November 29 passing of Abelag Aviation founder Andre Ganshof van der Meersch. Born in 1927, the Belgian entrepreneur established the FBO in 1964 and remained chairman of its board until his retirement just a few years ago.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen will be a keynote speaker at the third annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil. Along with Anderson Markiewicz, chairman of the Brazilian business aviation association ABAG, Bolen will address the opening general session on the morning of March 31.
Harry Combs, former head of Learjet and founder of AMR Combs, died in Wickenburg, Ariz., on December 23 at the age of 90. Long fascinated by the achievements and legacy of the Wright Brothers, Combs had participated in the December 17 centennial-of-flight activities at Kitty Hawk, N.C., less than a week before his death.
Alpharetta, Ga.-based Flight Display Systems named Tom Austin Jr. president. He joined the company from Cutter Aviation, where he was v-p of aircraft services.
Mineral Wells, Texas-based Meggitt/S-Tec named Michael McMillan president of the company. McMillan was a founding v-p of Piaggio America and had a 21-year career with Raytheon Aircraft.
Fred Barth, former manager of flight control for AT&T, retired last spring after 27 years with the Morristown, N.J.-based flight department. He can be reached at (973) 697-2648 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Former Tenet Health flight department scheduler Melanie Carney is now a flight coordinator with TAG Aviation in San Francisco.
In honor of its 10th year, Women in Aviation International is soliciting donations. Contributions may be designated to the WAI Endowment Fund for scholarships and educational programs or to operations. Checks should be made payable to Women in Aviation International and sent to P.O. Box 11287, Daytona Beach, Fla. 32120-1287.
Peter Wright Jr. was promoted to vice chairman of West Chester, Pa.-based Keystone Helicopter. A Keystone employee for 35 years, Wright was appointed secretary/treasurer in 1970, vice president in 1973 and president in 1985. Wright was also honored with the company’s Helicopter Leadership Award last month.