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.
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.
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.
Vector Flying Training Services, a joint company founded by Bombardier, KBR and URS to compete for a UK military training contract, has named Sir Malcolm Pledger as its new chairman. Pledger has nearly 40 years experience with the Royal Air Force, starting as a university cadet and ascending to commander in chief of the RAF Logistics Command.
Former Flight Options pilot Franklin Rodriguez, 36, pleaded guilty last week in federal court to charges that while in the Air National Guard he and loadmaster John Fong, 37, smuggled into the U.S. some 300,000 Ecstasy pills–worth an estimated $11.6 million on the street–after conducting a military C-5 Galaxy mission from Germany to Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y.
Former Gulfstream and NetJets Aviation executive Bill Boisture has resurfaced at Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm The Carlyle Group as a senior advisor to the aerospace and defense team. In this role, Boisture, 60, will identify promising investments in the aerospace, defense and business services sectors and will provide management, industry and marketing guidance to existing portfolio companies.
On Tuesday, President Bush sent to the Senate the nomination to the NTSB of Robert L. Sumwalt III, a long-time aviation safety advocate and aviation department manager of South Carolina-based Scana. If confirmed, Sumwalt would occupy the seat vacated last August by Richard Healing and, with an accompanying reappointment, would continue until the end of 2011.
Long-time Van Nuys, Calif. FBO Petersen Aviation will be acquired by Maguire Aviation, a Los Angeles-based aircraft management company, under a purchase agreement revealed to Petersen employees last Friday. Maguire v-p George Witchell said that the transaction awaits the approval of Los Angeles World Airports, which owns and operates Van Nuys Airport (VNY).