Less than a week after touting his company’s accomplishments at Heli-Expo 2013, Eurocopter CEO Dr. Lutz Bertling, 50, has resigned effective April 30, parent company EADS announced this morning. He joined Eurocopter in 2003 and became CEO in 2006. During his tenure, Eurocopter’s sales nearly doubled to $8.3 billion.
Eurocopter last month unveiled the EC145 Mercedes- Benz Style, a version of the light twin helicopter that features aesthetic and practical innovations. For example, several seats can be removed to make room for mountain bikes for a weekend trip. To change configurations, seats are mounted on rails and the aft separation wall can slide to change the size of the luggage compartment.
DaimlerChrysler Aviation, which had been on the block for several months, has been acquired from the German-based automaker by Ford Motor Company board member Edsel Ford II. As a result of the sale, the facility has been given back its former name–Pentastar Aviation.
DaimlerChrysler Aviation, which has been on the sales block for several months, is believed to be in acquisition negotiations with Edsel Ford II, according to industry sources. A DaimlerChrysler Aviation spokesman declined to comment, but a purchase agreement was described as “near” by a person close to the negotiations. Ford is a member of the board of Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich.
DaimlerChrysler Aviation, conceived as a corporate flight department in 1998 to transport the German-U.S. car manufacturer’s managers and technical staff among plants ranging as far as Stuttgart, Germany, to Detroit, Michigan, was a charter operator from its inception.
Germany’s DaimlerChrysler AG has sold DaimlerChrysler Aviation, the group’s wholly owned Stuttgart-based corporate aviation subsidiary, to Fulda, Germany-based ATON, a family-owned group that makes long-term investments in innovative companies specializing in raw materials, services and applied technology. The deal marks ATON’s first foray into business aviation.