“Mr. Aviation” is a big title but Dwane Wallace, who steered Cessna Aircraft (Booth No. C8843) through 40 years of boom and bust and into the age of the modern business jet, deserves the moniker even more after being enshrined into the National Aviation Hall of Fame (based in Dayton, Ohio) on October 4.
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.
Each year the National Business Aviation Association recognizes member companies with superb safety records. Crow Executive Air’s Part 135 operation is the top honoree in that category for 2012.
The National Business Aviation Association presents Pilot Flying Safety Awards each year to member company pilots who have exemplary safety records. To be eligible for an award, a pilot must have flown corporate aircraft 1,500 hours without an accident, but the actual number of safe hours flown by many of the 2012 top pilots are above 20,000 hours.
The NBAA Corporate Business Flying Safety Awards have been awarded to a number of member companies, the oldest of which, Exxon Mobil, has flown 270,884 safe hours over the past 81 years. AIN spoke with James Johnson at top company ExxonMobil to find out more about its operations and its safety successes.
The NBAA Aviation Support Services Safety Award is presented to aviation personnel employed for three or more consecutive years by NBAA member companies primarily for support of corporate/business flight operations and whose company has had no aircraft accidents during their employment period. AIN interviewed two of the recipients, Frank Marchesini and Frank Ciliberti of MARS Aircraft Radio Services.
In 1998, the National Business Aviation Association started honoring member companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident, and in 2006, the association added companies that have 60-year records. AIN interviewed some of this year’s honorees to find out about their operations and the secrets of their successes.
The NBAA Meritorious Service Award was established to recognize extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to aviation, and few fit within those parameters like Gene Cernan. As a member of arguably the most exclusive fraternity on this or any other world, he flew into space three times over his 13 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
UAV start-up Titan Aerospace of Moriarty, N.M., yesterday named former Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn as its chairman and CEO. Originally a Microsoft executive, Raburn founded Eclipse, manufacturer of the Eclipse 500 very light jet, in 1998. He stepped down from the company in 2008 before it entered bankruptcy, and it later re-emerged from bankruptcy as Eclipse Aerospace.
Dwane Wallace, who led Cessna Aircraft from 1936 to 1975, was posthumously enshrined into the Aviation Hall of Fame on Friday. “Wallace’s visionary leadership brought Cessna Aircraft into the modern age through the expansion of the company’s product line, including the introduction of the world’s most successful line of business jets–the Cessna Citation,” said Cessna president and CEO Scott Ernest. “Wallace’s legacy is secure as the man who built general aviation around the world.”
Ljubljana, Slovenia-based business aircraft management and charter firm Elit’Avia appointed Puja Mahajan as its new COO. In her new role, Mahajan will manage Elit’Avia’s growth strategy, ensure safety across all operations and “deliver top-notch client services.” Most recently, she was director of business aircraft flight operations at Bombardier Aerospace, where, among other accomplishments, she ran the award-winning Safety Standdown Program for five years.