The business aviation industry lost a visionary leader yesterday evening, October 18, when Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of industry training provider FlightSafety International, died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. at the age of 95. Growing up during the Great Depression in rural Kentucky in a family of modest means, he was bitten by the flying bug early on and decided to become a pilot.
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.
Aeronautics engineer Richard Whitcomb–whose research at NASA produced the area rule, supercritical wing and winglets–was posthumously inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame earlier this month. He died in 2008 at the age of 88. During Whitcomb’s almost four decades at NASA his “fundamental insight into aerodynamics and his practical solutions led to three of the most significant and practical contributions to aeronautics in the 20th century,” said NASA Langley Research Center director Lesa Roe.
NBAA will bestow its highest award, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, to members of the Tuskegee Airmen squadron on October 31 during the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The legendary group of black aviators successfully battled discrimination and adversity as they defended the U.S. in World War II. “We are honored to present this award to these storied aviators, who in a time of great peril defended the U.S. and its principles, even as they faced intolerance at home,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Susan Sheets Brogan, a business aviation industry veteran and former president of the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA), has joined the JetNet iQ team as director of special programs. JetNet iQ is the company’s forecasting and advisory service for business aviation. On October 30 during the NBAA Convention, Brogan and the other JetNet iQ staff will give a briefing on the current state of the business aircraft market and a forecast for next year.
Gregg Slow joined XOJet as its senior vice president of sales and national accounts, the company announced today. He is also a member of the aircraft charter firm’s senior executive team. In his new role, Slow will be based at XOJet’s New York office and be responsible for new client acquisition and strategic account management nationally. Previously, Slow was a senior vice president at NetJets, where he was responsible for developing and managing sales for the New York City region, the company’s largest territory in the country.
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) will be a featured speaker during the October 30 opening session at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. Mica serves as the chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which is one of the largest congressional panels in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mica is a national leader on transportation policy in the U.S., including aviation issues, said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, “and his comments will be of great interest to convention attendees and everyone in the business aviation community.”
Kurt Edwards, formerly the FAA senior advisor for policy, international aviation, and environment, was named director general of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). He replaces Donald Spruston, who is retiring.
Signature Flight Support has appointed Sami Teittinen as CFO. Before this appointment he held the same position for sister company ASIG.
Mike Flint, previously v-p and sales director for corporate aircraft finance with GE Capital, has joined CIT Business Aircraft as v-p of U.S. sales.
Business aviation charity Sky Hope Network is collecting donations for the families of nine industry workers who were killed in a terrorist attack on September 18 in Afghanistan. Employed by South Africa-based ACS/Balmoral Central Contracts, the victims were three pilots, five mechanics and a customer service representative, who were targeted by a suicide car bomber as their minivan stopped at a gas station on its way to the airport in Kabul.
More than 15 years after selling his Business Air commuter operation to British Midland Airways, Ian Woodley once again occupies the left seat as executive chairman of BMI Regional.
FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta will be a featured speaker during the opening general session at the 65th NBAA Convention, which will be held from October 30 to November 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. “NBAA is honored to include Michael Huerta during the kickoff event to this year’s convention,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “His insights on a variety of issues of importance to the business aviation community will be of great interest to all attendees.”