Working Week

  • Helping to shape an airline’s future
    As head of administration and human resources at Small Planet Airlines, Laura Mieceliene is seeking to draw on all her cabin crew experience to help employees strike a balance between work and home life.
  • Chris Watson heads Luxaviation Group’s broker desk – a company-wide charter sales office dedicated to serving the market by providing customers with efficient access to extensive fleet of business aircraft.
  • Having fulfilled his dream of flying fast jets on the Tornado, Mark Wharry instructed other pilots before moving to Strat Aero, where as director of training he pioneers professional standards for UAS users.
  • Civil Aviation Authority International, an arm of the UK regulator, is a social enterprise helping to improve standards globally. Managing director Maria Rueda argues that its impact is felt far beyond the industry.
  • Captain John “Rain” Waters is the head of the US Air Combat Command’s Viper demonstration team, a recruiting tool which involves him piloting an F-16 fighter at very low altitudes and extremely high speeds.
  • Business aviation engineering specialist Flying Colours is used to dealing with demanding clients, and director of maintenance Trevor Knox has the task of ensuring the company makes good on its promises.
  • As the new president of Honeywell subsidiary BendixKing, Gregg Cohen is focused on bringing new avionics products to market quickly, particularly where they meet the demand for in-flight connectivity.
  • Pierre Bettini is business and programme manager at Lord Fly-by-Wire Systems in France, where he is helping to drive synergies between its cutting edge products and those of its new parent company.
  • Operations Manager Péter Maráczy knows that standing still is not an option, and that the operator must work to stay ahead of growing passenger and cargo traffic
  • Joining Luxaviation as part of its takeover of ExecuJet, Sally Jones is now chief financial officer for the whole aviation services group and says economies of scale deliver an improved product to more clients.
  • After a distinguished 10-year career as a US Navy fighter pilot, David Harrington became an aviation lawyer primarily defending airlines as well as aircraft or component manufacturers following air disasters.
  • Working at Ethiopian Airlines, Dawit Lemma realised he did not want to limit his horizons to one role, and so launched Krimson, where he is also active in developing the nation’s business aviation sector.
  • Jane Johnston divides her time between two roles, one as head of corporate communications at NATS, the air traffic control service covering Britain’s crowded skies, and the other as chair of the Aviation Club.
  • Starting in sales, Richard Emery has built a wealth of experience in marketing and management, and as chief operating officer of the Mente Group has seen a big jump in the size of the used aircraft market.
  • Airlines now generate huge volumes of information about their fleets, passengers and operations, but often struggle to make optimum use of this asset; Pierre-Yves Benain and SITAOnAir hope to change that.
  • With her pilot husband, and inspired by working in a media sector being transformed by the internet, Carol Cork seized the opportunity to launch an online portal for booking aircraft: the thriving PrivateFly.
  • After starting as an engineer, Professor Iain Gray now leads aerospace activities at Cranfield University, and manages its relationships with major companies in sector with a key role in UK’s economic wellbeing.
  • Initially working shifts as a young doctor at a helicopter rescue service in Munich, Dr Thomas Buchsein, now medical director for FAI Group, has been able to combine his two passions: medicine and aviation.
  • PayNode bills itself as the first payment provider created specifically for business aviation, and Magnus Henriksson’s job is to roll out the concept – which he sees as a game-changer – across global markets
  • After a career in the cockpit and the management suite, Espen Høiby established OSM, offering a new model that handles every aspect of aircrew provision, from recruitment and flight training to take-off