Carey Bond is now president of Sikorsky Global Helicopters’ business. He retains his previous position as chief marketing officer. Bond has more than 25 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Sikorsky, he led Bell Helicopter’s worldwide customer support and service organization.

UK-based helicopter operator PremiAir has appointed Neil Gibson to lead charter and management business. Gibson comes to PremiAir after working for TAG and Air Partner and serving in the Royal Air Force.

Quintin Cairncross recently joined ExecuJet Middle East as ops director and is overseeing the fully managed aircraft fleet in the region. In addition, he will continue in his role of group director flight training and safety for the ExecuJet Aviation Group worldwide.

Gil Wolin has joined Solairus Aviation as senior VP Eastern US. Based at BED (Bedford MA), he is charged with further developing Solairus’ east coast fleet as well as assisting in Solairus marketing and communications.

Bill Koch is Wayfarer Aviation’s new CEO. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the business aviation industry and recently served as president and CEO of Imaginaire Private Jet Charter.

Maj Stephen Fuhr (retired), formerly of Winnipeg MB, has joined SkyTrac’s executive team as VP and dir of business development. With 20 years of service, Fuhr has nearly 4000 hrs of flight time as a pilot instructor/standards officer and operational CF18 pilot.

Bobby Courtney has been named president and CEO of the Enterprise Jet Center HOU (Hobby, Houston TX). Courtney is an 11-year veteran of FBO management.

Former Air Force One Chief Pilot Col Mark Tillman has joined the JSSI board of directors. As commander of the Presidential Airlift Group and chief pilot for the President, Tillman was responsible for all aspects of Air Force One operations.

Last Flight

Richard Whitcomb—the engineer who devised the “area rule” and went on to develop both the supercritical airfoil and winglets—died on Oct 13 at the age of 88. Born in Evanston IL in 1921, Whitcomb grew up in Worcester MA and graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Inst with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Widely considered the most significant aeronautical engineer of the second half of the 20th century, he spent most of his career at NASA Langley Research Center. Whitcomb’s achievements remain among the center’s greatest accomplishments. Whitcomb earned many honors in his life—the Collier Trophy, the National Medal of Science, the US Air Force Exceptional Service Medal, the first NACA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal and the National Aeronautics Association’s Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. He was inducted into the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame, the National Academy of Engineering and the Paul E Garber First Flight Shrine at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Whitcomb never married. He is survived by a sister. (Photo) Whitcomb in 1970 with model of supercritical wing at NASA Langley.


Nov 5–7: AOPA Aviation Summit, Tampa FL. AOPA, 800-872-2672 X3, 301-695-2000 or visit

Nov 15–19: Dubai Air Show, Dubai, UAE. Fairs & Exhibitions, 44208-391-0999 or visit


Feb 2–7: Singapore Airshow 2010, Changi Exhibition Centre, Changi North. Singapore Air­show & Events, 656-542-8660 or visit www.sing­a­

Feb 22–24: Heli-Expo 2010, Houston TX. HAI, 703-683-4646 or visit www. Feb 25–27: 21st Annual WAI (Women in Aviation Intl) Conference. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando FL. Contact WAI or visit

Mar 29–Apr 1: 37th Annual Intenational Operators Conference, New Orleans LA. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit

Apr 7–10: AEA (Aircraft Electronics Association) 52nd Annual Convention & Trade Show, Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando FL. AEA, 816-373-6565 or visit



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