The Hawker Beechcraft global customer support facility at CEG (Chester, England) has begun servicing Beechcraft Premiers. The facility recently received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) repair station ratings allowing it to perform inspections, maintenance and modifications on the Premier I/IA and King Air 200 and 300 series. FAA ratings are expected by the end of Jan 2012.
Bombardier has added 3 new regional support offices (RSOs) for business aircraft, doubling its network. The new RSOs—in Australia, Brazil and Singapore—are service hubs staffed by a combination of field service representatives, customer service account managers, customer liaison pilots and an RSO manager.
Boeing has named Kim Smith VP of environment, health and safety. She previously served as Boeing Commercial Airplanes director of supplier management for Spirit AeroSystems, a key Boeing supplier of airplane sections and fuselages. Smith replaces Mary Armstrong, who has retired after 27 years with the company.
Alan Hood has been promoted to managing director of Aircelle in Burnley, England. He joined the company in 2006 as finance director but previously worked as a chemist specializing in polymers and paint technology. Aircelle produces engine nacelles and thrust reversers for Airbus, Bombardier, Dassault, Gulfstream and Learjet.
Aubry Mayse has been appointed as Gulfstream's dir of planning and distribution for product support materials. His duties include asset control and warehousing for Gulfstream Product Support parts and inventory. Mayse has worked for Gulfstream since 1988, most recently as senior manager, planning and distribution for product support materials.
Teddy Forstmann, the senior founding partner of Forstmann Little, which owned Gulfstream from 1990–99, died on Nov 20 in Manhattan NY. He was 71. Forstmann is remembered as a financier who pioneered the private equity industry and for bankrolling such programs as the Gulfstream V. He also hired several notable managers, including Brian Moss, who retired as president of Gulfstream in 2008, Bill Boisture, who is now chairman and CEO at Hawker Beechcraft, and current Senior VP Programs, Engineering and Test Pres Henne. Forstmann leaves behind 2 sons, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Lynn Helms, FAA administrator from 1981–84, died on Dec 11 at his home in Westport CT. He may be best remembered for overseeing the agency during and after the 1981 strike that led to the firing of 11,000 union air traffic controllers. Prior to joining FAA, Helms was a US Navy test pilot and, in the 1970s, president of Piper Aircraft. Most recently, he served as a GAMA board member.