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PILOT BRIEFING
INDUSTRY NEWS |

PIPER CEO RETIRES
PIPER AIRCRAFT CEO Simon Caldecott
retired April 2. Caldecott shepherded Piper
through a turbulent decade after being
named CEO in 2011.
During his tenure at the top, Caldecott
shifted Piper's top-of-the-line attention
to turboprops, particularly the flagship
M600, the first GA airplane certified to fly
with Garmin's automated landing system,
able to take over in case of pilot incapacitation and land the airplane at the nearest
suitable runway. Piper also boosted its
bottom line by more traditional means,
delivering scores of single-engine piston
airplanes to colleges and flight schools
working to keep up amid a global shortage of pilots. Piper unveiled the Pilot 100
in 2019, adding a lower-cost variant of the
long-popular PA-28 series.

When the pandemic shoved the aircraft
market back on its heels once again in 2020,
Piper was better positioned than many to
weather the storm. Piston aircraft propelled
a pre-pandemic surge in sales (and business
jets to a lesser degree), and while jet orders
fizzled in the face of the global health crisis,
piston deliveries for 2020 nearly matched
the 2019 industry totals. That was thanks
in no small part to Piper, which delivered
244 aircraft (including 149 PA-28 Archers,
and 11 Piper Pilot 100s) in 2020, according
to data compiled by the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association, down from
290 aircraft delivered in 2019 (of which 182
were PA-28 Archers).
" It has been an honor and privilege leading Piper Aircraft through a transformative
journey, from a legacy aircraft manufacturer
to the first general aviation manufacturer
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to certify an autoland equipped general
aviation aircraft, " Caldecott said. " We
strengthened the leadership team with
new talent, made major facility improvements to make a safer workplace and
strengthened relations with the community as well as with major suppliers. I am
enormously proud of the dedicated team
at Piper and our global independent dealership network. " 	
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The Reed Aeronautics Award, which is
named after aeronautical engineer Sylvanus
A. Reed, is the highest honor bestowed on
an individual " for a notable achievement
in aeronautics that represents a significant
engineering advancement milestone. "
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TUSKEGEE AIRMEN
HONORED

FUJINO RECEIVES AWARD
HONDAJET CO. President Michimasa
Fujino has been named the recipient of
the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics' 2021 Reed Aeronautics
Award. Fujino is credited with " the
invention of advanced aerodynamic and
structural technologies implemented on
Honda's first aircraft, the HondaJet, creating new value in business aviation, "
according to an announcement by the
Reston, Virginia-based organization.  
Fujino's clean-sheet design of the jet
" introduced innovations in aviation technology, including the Over-The-Wing
Engine Mount and Natural Laminar Flow
wing and fuselage. The HondaJet is the
first, and only, business jet to include these
technologies, " said AIAA.
" On behalf of the entire HondaJet team,
we are proud to be presented with this tremendous accolade, " Fujino said. " It is a great
privilege to be recognized by such a distinguished organization for the HondaJet's
advanced aerodynamic and structural
technologies. Honda Aircraft will continue
to invest in leading-edge technologies that
become the new standard in the industry. "

THE NATIONAL Aeronautic Association
(NAA) has selected the Tuskegee Airmen as
the recipient of its 2021 Clifford Henderson
Trophy. The Henderson Trophy was established in 1960 to honor the creator and
managing director of the world-renowned
National Air Races from 1928 to 1939. The
trophy is awarded to " a living individual,
group of individuals, or an organization
whose vision, leadership or skill made a
significant and lasting contribution to the
promotion and advancement of aviation and
aerospace in the United States. "
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first
Black military aviators in the U.S. Army
Air Corps (predecessor to the U.S. Air
Force). In 1941, with the start of World
War II imminent, it was decided to offer
training to African Americans as pilots,
mechanics, and support staff. The air base
in Tuskegee, Alabama, became the center of the training program for more than
14,000 Black air personnel. Collectively,
the airmen flew more than 15,000 individual sorties throughout the war, earning 150
Distinguished Flying Crosses, and encouraging the eventual integration of the U.S.
armed forces in 1948.
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