The Aircraft Electronics Assn (AEA)'s 2012 market report states that total avionics sales amounted to nearly $6.3 billion for the year. The collective sales figure includes both "forward-fit" and retrofit avionics for year-end 2012 sales based on information received from 19 participating aviation electronics manufacturers. AEA says its figures were calculated using net sales prices, not manufacturers' suggested retail prices.


Joseph Doubleday has been appointed director of maintenance for StarPort. He will oversee the company's aircraft maintenance business based at SFB (Sanford, Orlando FL). Before joining StarPort, Doubleday worked for FAA for 27 years, during which he held several positions of increasing responsibility.

Bombardier Aerospace has appointed Ian Ludlow as general manager of its Amsterdam service center. Ludlow has over 30 years of experience in commercial and business aircraft operations and maintenance.

FlightSafety Intl has promoted 2 employees at its Tulsa OK design, manufacture and support facility. George Brady (L) has been promoted to dir product support and simulator operations, and Greg Arend (R) has been promoted to dir commercial programs.

Cobham has promoted David Ashton and Julian Hellebrand. Ashton has been named exec vp for business development and technology, and Hellebrand has been promoted to exec vp for lifecycle management and program management. Both served on the company's management team prior to their promotions and will report to Cobham CEO Bob Murphy.

Craig Hopple has been appointed to lead the charter department at Saker Aviation Services. He comes to Saker with 9000 flight hours and more than 15 years as a chief pilot and captain. Hopple also served briefly as an airport manager. He is based at the company's AVP (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PA) location.


Bill Bohlke honored at Sun 'n' Fun

This 2004 photo shows Bohlke in the left seat of an American Airlines Boeing 777.

Bill Bohlke has been presented with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for safe flying over the past 50 years. FAA Regional Administrator Douglas Murphy presented Bohlke and his wife Tuddy with the award during April's Sun 'n' Fun at LAL (Lakeland FL).

Bohlke learned how to fly from his father in the early 1960s and soloed a PA22 in New Hampshire by the age of 16. He earned his commercial rating at 18 and started flying as a captain for the family's commuter airline, Virgin Island Airways, in a de Havil­land DH114 Heron. Since then Bohlke has amassed over 35,000 flying hours and earned type ratings in aircraft such as the Boeing 727, 757, 767, 777, Citation 500 series, Curtiss C46, Douglas DC3 and DC10.

He retired from American Airlines in 2005 and continues to operate Bohlke Intl Airways—a family owned business based at STX (St Croix, US Virgin Islands). He remains active in Part 91 and 135 operations as an FAA flight examiner.


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