Wichita, Kan.Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announces the appointment of Robert (Bob) Blouin as vice president, Flight Operations. In this newly created role, Blouin will be responsible for all of Hawker Beechcraft’s domestic and international flight operations, including: Customer Demonstrations, Company Transportation, Airfield Services, and Commercial and Government/Military Aircraft Production Flight Test for the Wichita , Kan. and Little Rock , Ark. HBC facilities.During his previous role as president and founding partner of Sky Group Associates, Inc. – a privately held aviation consulting firm in Washington , D.C. —Blouin was responsible for the acquisition, administration and execution of contracts, and provided management, safety, security and flight operations consulting services to the aviation community.“Bob is well known and respected in the aviation industry and his counsel is sought after by many. His extensive experience in flight operations management and audits, introducing safety systems and interfacing with leaders of top aviation groups will be a major asset to the company” said Bill Brown, president of Global Customer Service and Support.Blouin was also the president and founder of the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association (GWBAA), where he helped provide a voice and forum for the local business aviation community in Washington D.C. , Virginia and Maryland.From 1997 to 2004, Blouin held senior executive positions at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Washington , D.C. , including vice president and senior vice president of Operations. Prior to NBAA, he worked at Bombardier Aerospace for 13 years in executive positions in Flight Operations and Technical Operations. “During Bob&rsquos tenure at Bombardier, he was responsible for many international assignments. His expertise will be instrumental as Hawker Beechcraft&rsquos global footprint continues to expand.” said Brown.Blouin is rated as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and is a certified flight instructor. In his career, he has logged more than 7,500 flight hours. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College in Dubuque , Iowa.Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is the world’s leading business, special-mission and trainer aircraft manufacturer —designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita , Kan. , with operations in Salina , Kan. ; Little Rock , Ark ; and Chester , England , U.K. The company leads the industry with a global network of over 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers.
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