Bill Hardy, an A&P mechanic with Greensboro, N.C.-based Timco Aviation Services, was chosen to receive the FAA’s Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award, presented to people who have more than 50 years of service in the aircraft maintenance industry. Recipients must also have a minimum of 30 years as an FAA-certified mechanic. n
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William Fox, 68, a long-time employee of Dassault Falcon Jet, died on November 16 in Mountain Home, Ark. An Air Force veteran, he served 32 years with the airframer as an electrical engineer before his retirement.
Wes Clark, 84, a 64-year aviation industry veteran, died on November 23 in Plano, Texas. After serving in the navy in World War II, he spent the next 50 years with various Beechcraft facilities, mainly in sales and sales management responsibilities.
Lee Juan Lanford, 87, founder of Associated Air Center (AAC), died on November 13 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He created the Associated Radio Company, which initially specialized in the repair and installation of surplus radio equipment in ex-military aircraft purchased by private individuals and corporations, in 1948 at Love Field in Dallas.
Howard Janotta, 86, a corporate pilot for more than 30 years, died on November 22 at his home in San Antonio. He was a B-24 pilot during World War II, after which he played professional basketball for two years before embarking on a 43-year career as a corporate pilot.
J. Richard “Dick” Bennett, 88, the founder of Pensacola Aviation, died on November 17 in Florida. A heavy bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, he was later involved in the lumber manufacturing and timber business as well as aircraft sales. He also served as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party before founding Pensacola Aviation in 1977.
Dr. Gerd Berchtold, previously v-p of commercial aerostructures with EADS subsidiary Premium Aerotec, has been named CEO of Austrian OEM Diamond Aircraft, succeeding company owner Christian Dries, who will maintain an active management role with the manufacturer.
Fractional turboprop operator Avantair has named John Colucci as executive v-p.
Bombardier CL-600-2B16, Vineyard Haven, Mass., Sept. 27, 2009–The Challenger was substantially damaged during a hard landing at Martha’s Vineyard Airport at the end of a Part 91 flight from Denver. According to the crew, the landing was performed with 30 degrees of flap in a 24-knot crosswind with an approach speed of 135 knots.
Cessna Citation 680, Bedfordshire, UK, Sept. 30, 2010–While en route from London Luton Airport to Milas, Turkey, the Sovereign suffered a left main bus electrical system fault that prompted the crew to return to Luton. Upon examination, the twinjet’s left main fuel tank was found to be full with 5,500 pounds of fuel while the right tank contained 3,300 pounds.
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