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March 24, 2014
“There is virtually nothing I am doing now that I would have anticipated. So much of life is serendipity.” (Photo: Bill Bernstein)
Jordan Hansell became chairman and CEO of NetJets in 2011, just two years after coming onboard as chief administrative officer and general counsel. Under his direction, the fractional-share provider launched Signature Series, a program whose goal is to refresh and unify the fleet with custom-designed cabins.
August 1, 2013
“This is a relationship-based business, with some of the top people in the world. They don’t want to call some customer rep; they want a personal relationship.” (Photo: Chad Slattery)
Aerospace engineer Marc Foulkrod had no intention of getting involved in marketing when he was tapped to help a fledgling aircraft charter/management firm called Avjet in 1981. After college, he served as a performance-engineering specialist for Boeing and McDonnell Douglas before joining cargo carrier Flying Tigers.
March 19, 2013
Dagmar Grossmann
Dagmar Grossmann’s first experience of what was then Czechoslovakia was anything but an auspicious prelude to her subsequent emergence as a private aviation pioneer in that country. It was 1967, the year before the so-called Prague Spring and revolution was in the air.
February 7, 2013
Flexjet's Deanna White Photo Credit:  Bill Bernstein
Deanna White, the new president of Bombardier-owned fractional provider Flexjet, told us her company will continue to pursue what she called a “stealth wealth” clientele while offering customized solutions to clients’ private air travel needs. Doing so, she added, may require bringing more capital into the business from Bombardier or “some other facility.”
October 23, 2012
PlaneSense CEO George Antoniadis
You don’t have to spend much time with George Antoniadis to figure out why he has achieved success with PlaneSense, the fractional-aircraft-share company he founded in 1996. Granted, he was probably in the right place at the right time with the right airplane, the economical Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop.
September 5, 2012
Chris Holifield
As a young worker at fast-food joints, Chris Holifield daydreamed about owning her own company instead of focusing on the business at hand and this led on some occasions to her getting fired.
June 27, 2012
Dan Schwinn
After launching a successful high-tech startup–communication equipment manufacturer Shiva Corporation–Dan Schwinn turned his talents to fixing a glaring problem with the utility of small general aviation airplanes. The instrumentation available in the early 1990s on the typical single-engine aircraft was needlessly complicated, Schwinn felt. What aviation needed was a much simpler interface between the airplane and the pilot–something that presents information in a clear, easy-to-interpret manner and that promotes safety, rather than detracting from it.
February 1, 2012
Air Partner’s Philip Mathews
Phil Mathews wanted to be a pilot since childhood, but bad eyesight precluded that dream. Instead, after graduating from England's University of Buckingham in 1989, he began a job as a check-in agent at London's Gatwick Airport. He was hired just for summer vacation, but he wound up being promoted to flight dispatcher and manager of general operations and spending four years there.
November 8, 2010
“My prediction is that in two years we’ll have an airplane shortage. The CEO
Nick Popovich looks like a bouncer and can talk like a longshoreman. But he also has a keen understanding of geopolitics, international finance and commercial trends. He runs a far-flung global aviation business, Sage-Popovich, from his 120-acre ranch near Valparaiso, Ind. He drives a Bentley, breeds thoroughbred Rocky Mountain horses and enjoys fine cigars.
August 1, 2010
"When I was telling people that I joined Piaggio," said John Bingham, "they would say, 'I didn't realize that you had gone to work in motor scooters.' I quickly understood that we needed to do something about the name of the company. So that is why we branded it 'Piaggio Aero.'"

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