Fabio Gamba has been appointed CEO of the European Business Aviation Assn (EBAA). He began his aviation career at the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization and later joined Boeing, rising to the position of deputy director, business development and strategy Europe. Most recently, he was deputy secretary general of the Assn of European Airlines. Gamba takes over from Brian Humphries, who remains as EBAA president.
Stephan Krenz has become senior vp and general mgr at Jet Aviation BSL (Basel, Switzerland). In this position he will oversee the completions business in the EMEA and Asia region. Krenz spent 15 years with Bombardier, most recently as president of the company's Germany & Scandinavia business unit.
Jeff Rose has been promoted to assistant manager of FlightSafety Intl's learning center in Savannah GA. He joined the company as a Citation 500-series instructor in 2001.
Mike Quaid has become ops manager for Gulfstream Aerospace's new western US field service region. He supervises 6 field service representatives (FSRs) who cover the western US and Mexico. Quaid was previously a senior regional FSR based in southern California.
Gulfstream has named Paul Lu director product support Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he will support new aircraft sales, materials, certifications and Gulfstream's relationship with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
Walter Smith is the new director of maintenance at Aurora Aviation at UAO (Aurora OR). He has 30 years of aviation experience, most recently as chief inspector with Cutter Aviation PHX (Sky Harbor, Phoenix AZ).
Tom Lieser has been named manager of Duncan Aviation's avionics satellite facility in St Paul MN. He joined Duncan as an avionics technician in 2003 and transferred to the company's Chicago avionics satellite shop in 2010 as crew lead.
David Best has been appointed president Asia-Pacific at BBA Aviation, based in London, England. He joined Signature Flight Support, a BBA subsidiary, in 2004 and managed development of Signature's European FBO network.
Bombardier suffered an unexpected loss on Jul 3 with the death of James Hoblyn, president, Bombardier Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft, of a suspected heart attack while practicing for a marathon run. He was 46. Born in England, Hoblyn graduated from the University of Waterloo (ON) in 1990 with a BSc in mechanical engineering and received his MBA from the London Business School 4 years later. He then signed on as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. In 1998 he moved to Bombardier, where he spent the rest of a highly successful career. After starting in the Business Aircraft Division as vp strategic planning and business development, in 2001 he became managing director of Bombardier Flexjet Europe (now Skyjet Intl). After a period as vp marketing, sales operations and asset management, Hoblyn rejoined Business Aircraft as vp contracts, flight demonstration operations, marketing, sales support, strategic planning and product planning. In 2006 he became senior vp customer experience. In 2008, Hoblyn rose to his ultimate position, with responsibility for aftermarket services for business and commercial aircraft customers and for specialized and amphibious aircraft. James Hoblyn is survived by his wife Josée and 3 daughters.
Jim Allen, CEO of Vail Valley Jet Center at EGE (Eagle CO), died on Jun 23 in Denver CO. He was 75. Allen brought a US Customs office to the Jet Center, since when international traffic has grown to 400 aircraft per year. But local pilots may remember him most warmly for getting a pilot lounge—with indoor plumbing—built on the north side of the airport.
Aviation entrepreneur Rudy Fabre passed away on Jul 10 in Houston TX. He was 65. Born in Mexico City, Rodolfo Fabre worked for airlines in Mexico in his teens before emigrating to the US. He was employed briefly as a programmer for IBM, then became station manager for AeroMéxico in Houston. In 1974 he began 4 years with Universal Weather & Aviation, rising to the position of vp. In 1978 he cofounded Air Routing Intl (ARI), which was acquired by Rockwell Collins in 2009. His work with ARI is credited with paving the way for corporate aviation in countries like Japan, Mexico, China and the former USSR. Fabre is survived by his wife, Cecilia, his parents, sister, son, daughter and 6 grandchildren.
Pilot Mark Dyott died on Jun 28 in Manassas VA. He was 78. Dyott was born in Merrick NY and spent his childhood on Long Island and in Wallingford CT. He attended Colgate University, studied geology at Cornell University and joined Magnolia Oil, which later became Mobil Corp. He worked his entire career with the company, moving several times within the US. Among his numerous activities Dyott was a keen private pilot, soccer player, outdoorsman and gardener. He owned a Piper Cherokee Archer and for the last 7 years of his life flew frequently as copilot with Pro Pilot Publisher Murray Smith. Mark Dyott is survived by his brother, his 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.
Walter Pague, a founding member of NBAA, died at his home in Middletown OH on Jul 1. He was 96. While attending the University of Southern California, Pague worked at nearby Douglas Aircraft. In 1941 he served briefly as a military flight instructor with the Canadian Training Command. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he returned to the US, joined the Navy, and spent the rest of WWII with Air Transport Command. After the war, he became a professional pilot for ARMCO Steel Corp, flying a Beech 18. He remained with the company until his retirement in 1980. It was while working for ARMCO that he and 12 other aviators established the Corporate Aircraft Owners Assn, which later became NBAA. He served on the board of directors from 1947–64 and was first chairman of NBAA's technical committee. Pague is survived by his wife Betty.
Sep 8–9: European Corporate Aviation Summit (ECAS), Linköping, Sweden. AeroPodium, 305-767-4707 or visit www.aeropodium.com.
Sep 10–11: Wheels and Wings benefit for Jacks Place at Shaw Regional Cancer Ctr and Angels in Action, Vail Valley Jet Center, EGE (Eagle CO). Vail Valley Jet Center, 970-524-7700.
Sep 13: Avionics for NextGen Conference, Atlantic City NJ. Avionics, 301-354-1776 or visit www.aviationtoday.com/nextgen.
Sep 22–24: AOPA Aviation Summit, Hartford CT. AOPA, 800-872-2672 or visit www.aopa.org.
Sept 27-29: Helitech, Duxford, England. Reed Exhibitions, 011 44 20 8439 8853 or visit www.helitechevents.com.
Oct 10–12: NBAA 64th Annual Meeting & Convention, Las Vegas NV. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit www.nbaa.org.
Oct 27: Porsche Jet Preview, Banyan Air Service FXE (Exec, Fort Lauderdale FL). Visit www.aircraftexperience.com.
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