The FAA will present its Excellence in Aviation Research Awards to Richard Dolbeer, coordinator of the aviation safety and assistance program for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Colin Drury, University of Buffalo distinguished professor and chairman of the university’s industrial engineering department.
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.
Candy Johnson was promoted to COO of Englewood, Colo.-based Mayo Aviation. Johnson joined Mayo Aviation in 1998 and most recently was human resources manager.
Embraer Executive Jets named Colin Steven v-p for marketing and sales. He was previously regional v-p for Swift Aviation Group.
December is the month that aviation honors the Wright brothers for their contributions to aviation, and we certainly all owe them for what they accomplished. However, there was another person at Kitty Hawk who made a great contribution toward powered flight. Lest he be forgotten, I thought a little history would help inform those who might not be aware of Charles Taylor and his many accomplishments.
Avantair’s new owner, Alfred Rapetti, has clearly defined goals for the all-Avanti fractional provider. A retired investment banker with previous ties to aviation interests, Rapetti plans to further expand the company by offering “elite levels” of customer service, moving and expanding the corporate headquarters and steadily increasing the aircraft fleet.
Jack DeCrane, 59, president and founder of DeCrane Aircraft Holdings, died on December 29 of complications resulting from lung cancer.
He founded the company in 1989 in the basement of his home. DeCrane described himself as a “small company guy,” yet ended up turning DeCrane Aircraft Holdings into a major player in the completion and refurbishment industry.
Gordon Newstrom, founder of Mesaba Aviation, died in December. He was 93. An expert floatplane pilot, Newstrom in 1944 founded Mesaba Aviation, the predecessor to Mesaba Airlines.
David Bender was named president of the electronics group at Lynwood, Wash.-based Crane Aerospace & Electronics. Bender was previously v-p of operations at Aerojet General Corp. Tim King was named director of sales and marketing for the company’s aerospace group.
At press time NetJets had not named a new president, the position from which Bill Boisture resigned early last month. During his two-year tenure, Boisture, 59, was the company’s front-line negotiator with the pilot and flight attendant unions. Both groups ratified five-year labor contracts with NetJets management late last year.
John Reimers was named president and CEO of Aviation Partners Boeing. He was most recently chairman and CEO of Compass Aerospace.
Several leadership changes, including two U.S. appointments, have recently been made at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Montreal-based group that provides recommendations and standards intended to be followed by its 189 member countries.