Charles Edelstenne, former CEO of Dassault Aviation, was designated the successor of Serge Dassault last week. The general assembly of Dassault Aviation’s parent company, Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault, voted unanimously for the creation of a “succeeding statutory president” position. Edelstenne, 76, will thus automatically succeed Dassault, 89, in case the groups presidency is “vacant, for whatever reason,” the firm said.
Townsend Leather has introduced a Grand Damask leather design from the Roger Thomas Collection inspired by the tooled leather walls created for Catherine de Médicis and noble families of the 16th century.
De Médicis, the force behind the ruthless efforts to keep the Valois monarchy on the French throne in the mid-1600s, was also a strong patron of the arts.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy in late June inaugurated Turbomeca’s new plant (named after company founder Joseph Szydlowski) in Bordes, near Pau in southwest France. The plant, a U100 million ($125 million) investment, includes a factory and design offices. Thanks to simplified production flows, it expects to halve production lead times over the next three years.
The Massachusetts Legislative Aviation Caucus, a bipartisan advocate for general aviation in the state formed five years ago, was able to put an end to Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to repeal the current exemption of aircraft sales taxes, the second attempt in three years. Caucus chairman and state Rep.
French air accident investigators have recently recommended that English be used for all ATC communication at major airports in France. The advisory is part of a preliminary report by the Bureau Enquete Accidents (BEA) into a May 25, 2000, accident at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in which a twin-turboprop Shorts 330 operated by UK carrier Streamline Aviation collided with an Air Liberte MD-83 on takeoff.
France’s beleaguered President Jacques Chirac opened the 46th Paris Air Show here at Le Bourget yesterday. While his visit is intended primarily to cheerlead the country’s own aerospace and defense industry, he has lately proved to be a best friend to foreign exhibitors, too.