Pete Reynolds, 69, the former Bombardier Learjet chief flight-test pilot, died on Thursday. He will be inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame–as previously scheduled, but now posthumously–tonight at a ceremony hosted by the Kansas Aviation Museum and Wichita Aero Club. Reynolds played a major role in the development, testing and certification of virtually every Learjet model between 1973, when he joined Learjet, and 2003, when he retired. He spent the last eight years of his tenure with Bombardier as the vice president of flight test.
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.
Jon Beatty, the former president and CEO of International Aero Engines, will take over as the new president and CEO at the Flight Safety Foundation, effective April 21. Along with his recent experience with IAE, he held executive positions at Pratt & Whitney, BF Goodrich and AlliedSignal Aerospace. “He brings an international executive perspective that will be instrumental in moving the foundation into its next chapter as the leading voice of aviation safety around the world,” said FSF board of governors chairman David McMillan.
Hartwig Baier, 73, died early last month unexpectedly of a heart attack while on vacation in the Bahamas, depriving the button-down world of business aviation of one of its more colorful and highly regarded characters.
The NTSB report of the 1985 accident is sparse, noting only that the aerobatic airplane lost altitude and crashed after entering a roll approximately 100 above the ground. Then-11-year-old Tom Braun, who was a passenger, doesn’t remember much about the impact that claimed his father’s life and destroyed the scratch-built Steen Skybolt. A third-generation pilot, Braun today works as a sheet-metal technician at Jet Aviation’s St. Louis MRO and completions facility.
Susan Herring was named director of initial-phase operations finance for Gulfstream. She joined the company in 2000 as a budget analyst and held various positions, including finance manager for the G450 and G500 and senior finance manager of initial-phase operations and advanced aircraft programs.
Comlux The Aviation Group has appointed David Edinger as executive v-p of Comlux Management and board member of the Comlux Group. Edinger initially joined Comlux in 2008 as the CEO of Comlux America, the completion and services segment of Comlux in Indianapolis. Jim Soleo is taking over Edinger’s duties and is promoted to CEO of Comlux America. Soleo has more than 35 years’ experience in the aviation industry, with multiple years of experience at the executive level and as a former partner in ownership of a completion center in Savannah, Ga.
Spirit Aeronautics, based in Columbus, Ohio, has named Jerry MacDonald as an aircraft production supervisor. His 36 years of work experience includes stints with Owens Corning, SSK Industries and GE Aircraft Engines, where he held positions with varying levels of responsibility and authority. MacDonald holds a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a minor in meteorology from Purdue University. He is a licensed FAA A&P mechanic with inspection authorization.
Former Bombardier Learjet chief flight-test pilot Pete Reynolds will be inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame on April 15 at a ceremony hosted by the Kansas Aviation Museum and Wichita Aero Club. Reynolds had a major role in the development, testing and certification of virtually every Learjet model between 1973, when he joined Learjet, and 2003, when he retired.
NBAA appointed business aviation veteran Greg Voos yesterday as the association’s Southeast U.S. regional representative, covering D.C., Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. He replaces Harry Houckes, who retired in February. Voos–a certified aviation manager and IS-BAO auditor–most recently served as Home Depot’s aviation office manager.
This special report aims to answer some simple questions: is the aviation industry missing an important element of pilot training that needs to be addressed throughout a pilot’s career? And if so, what is that missing element and how should it be provided to pilots to keep them safe throughout their careers?