Randy Hutton is the new senior director, aviation services for McDonald's, effective Jan 4. He replaces Greg Woods, who is now the director of Bernoulli Aviation. Hutton was previously director of corporate aviation for Harley-Davidson.

Kelly Allender has been promoted to asst mgr of the FlightSafety Intl (FSI) Cessna Learning Center at ICT, where he served most recently as director of programs. Allender joined FSI in 2001.

Veteran Cessna Sales & Marketing VP Roger Whyte (R) will retire at the end of the year after 28 years with the company. Mark Paolucci will assume the role of senior vp of sales & marketing. Paolucci has more than 30 years at Cessna, most recently as senior vp of customer service. Brad Thress, currently vp of product support, will move up to senior vp of customer service.

Philipp Berner is the new CEO of RUAG Aviation. Berner is an economist who has been with RUAG Aerospace for 7 years.

PDK-based Epps Aviation has named George Ulmer (L) turbine maintenance manager. A 15-year Epps employee, Ulmer worked previously for Flight Intl and Lockheed Martin. Also at Epps, Greg Allen (R) has been named Pilatus PC12 maintenance mgr. Allen has been with Epps for 12 years after gaining his A&P from Alabama Aviation Tech in Ozark AL.

Piaggio Aero Industries has named Eligio Trombetta general manager of Piaggio Aero. He joins Piaggio from Alenia Aermacchi, where he was deputy general manager. Trombetta is a member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The Barnstormer and the Lady

Virtually all the great names who launched and built the aviation industry are gone. We have only our memories and stories about them to learn and recall how it all got done.
One missing component in this amazing patchwork of dates, events and intersecting personalities has just been filled in.

The book is "The Barnstormer and the Lady," by Dennis Farney. While much has been written about Beech Aircraft and its nearly 8 decades of world-circling products, little has been known publicly about the professional and private lives of the company's cofounders, Walter and Olive Ann Beech.

In an informal, inviting style Farney, a retired Wall Street Journal writer and editor and former Pulitzer Prize finalist, takes us into the roots of Walter and Olive Ann, enabling us to learn what made each tick. As the story unfolds, we're inside the Beech boardroom as major events, both successes and failures, unfold. Throughout, we're privy to their private home lives, with each other and their 2 daughters.

"The Barnstormer and the Lady" truly is a mini-saga—part page-turning adventure, part love story, and all laced with the gritty, pioneering spirit that first invented, then built what we've come to appreciate as "the golden age of aviation."
Heavily sprinkled with engaging photos, most never before published, this book will make a welcome addition to any aviation library. It can be ordered for $29.95 by contacting or calling 316-682-1181.


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