In an aviation community as cosy, and as busy, as that of Wichita, Kansas, it’s inevitable people will move from company to company, between Cessna, Learjet, Beechcraft, Boeing and Spirit. But here’s one move that’s worth noting: Hawker Beechcraft has just hired Russ Meyer III as its director of new product development. He is the son of famed Cessna boss Russ Meyer, and most recently he was programme manager for the Citation Mustang.
“If you would have told me six months ago that I was leaving Cessna, I would have said: ‘You’re crazy,’ ” Meyer tells the Wichita Eagle. Meyer says his father, who is chairman emeritus of Cessna, took the news well: “He takes things pretty businesslike.” What next, a Boeing taking over at Airbus?