It was always going to be a close race, but in the end Cessna became the first manufacturer to obtain full FAA certification of a very light jet (VLJ), the new breed of compact business airplane that holds the promise of changing the industry forever.
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.
Boeing Business Jets: Lee Monson to Steven Hill
Two years ago the NBAA board of directors decided not to extend the contract of Jack Olcott, who had been the face of the business aviation organization for more than a decade, launching the association into a tumult that seems finally to be playing itself out.
Kenneth Emerick of GM Worldwide Travel has been elected chairman of the NBAA board of directors, replacing Donald Baldwin, who resigned to pursue other career interests. At its regular quarterly meeting last month in Washington, the board also named Jeffrey Lee of IBM to fill the post of vice chairman previously held by Emerick.
After a two-year period that saw Bombardier lay off thousands of aerospace workers, divest itself of aviation and non-aviation assets, close a key service center (in Indianapolis) and consolidate business aircraft manufacturing, the company’s board of directors last month acted on the recommendation of its human resource and compensation committee to fire CEO Paul Tellier.
Greenville, S.C.-based Stevens Aviation named Glenn Brown president and COO. Brown joins Stevens from Rolls-Royce engines, where he was v-p of aftermarket and customer service, corporate and regional aircraft. Brown has more than 27 years of experience in aerospace and aviation management.
Why do we need something like this R&D center?
Michael Griffin reported to work late last month as the 11th administrator of NASA. By his own admission, Griffin will be “spending a good deal of my time reviewing our progress toward returning the space shuttle safely to flight,” so it remains to be seen if his experience as a flight instructor and instrument-rated multi-engine pilot will result in a renewed emphasis on aeronautics research.