Flying the Korean Aerospace International (KAI)/Lockheed Martin T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic jet trainer here at Dubai is Lt. Col. Choong Hwan Lee of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF). Lee is an experienced fighter pilot with more than 2,000 hours in LM’s signature product, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He has a long line of experience in the Northrop F-5 and KAI’s previous trainer design, the KT-1.
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.
While safety is at the top of her list of priorities, new Transportation Secretary Mary Peters told the third annual FAA International Aviation Safety Forum early last month that President Bush has charged her with modernizing the U.S. ATC system, “including new approaches to funding to deal with our aging infrastructure.”
The Regional Airline Association launched a search for a new president last month after Debby McElroy accepted the position of senior vice president of government affairs with Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). McElroy will assume her new role with the K Street organization on December 19, giving the RAA a month-and-a-half to find a replacement.
Boeing has appointed former Saudi Arabian Airlines executive Ahmed Jazzar to the new position of president of Boeing Saudi Arabia, overseeing all the group’s activities in the country. Sales and marketing responsibilities will remain with the various Boeing business units, namely Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Integrated Defense Systems, Connexion by Boeing and Boeing Capital Corp.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Airbus have taken advantage of the A380 very large airliner’s presence here to introduce the operator’s senior personnel and flightcrew to the behemoth. Five pilots and four other flight-operations personnel were on board the Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered A380 on Tuesday and were able to check its handling. Seen here at their “workstations” are flight-operations senior vice-president Capt.
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.
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.