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Former CEO of Cessna Aircraft and the Chairman of EAA Joins the IMC Club Board of Directors
The IMC Club appointed Jack Pelton, former CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., and the Chairman of Experimental Aircraft Association, to its Board of Directors.
This appointment marks a significant expansion of the Board of this organization. It also follows the addition to the Board of Mike Goulian, former aerobatic champion and Joe Brown, President of Hartzel Propellers. The first meeting of the new end expended Board of Directors will take place in Lakeland, Florida on Wednesday during the Sun-n-Fun 2013 Fly-in and Expo.
”I’m delighted to be joining the IMC Club Board. It’s mission to raise instrument flying proficiency could not be more timely or relevant. We have to reduce the GA accident rate and encouraging pilots to continue in increase their skills and proficiency is one of the best ways I know to do that.” – said Jack Pelton when reached for comment.
Mr. Pelton joined Cessna in November 2000 as Senior Vice President for Product Engineering and was responsible for engineering and product development activities, including new aircraft design, development, flight test and certification, and product improvements for all aircraft in production and service. Prior to Cessna, he served as Senior Vice President for Engineering and Programs of Fairchild Dornier in Germany. He served nearly 20 years at McDonnell Douglas, where he held related executive positions of increasing responsibility.
He is the Chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association board of directors since October 2012. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Bye Aerospace and the Corporate Angel Network. He has also served as Chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and was on the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) advisory council.
Jack is an ATP, Instrument-Rated Pilot. He has multiple Citation type ratings, including single pilot ratings for the Mustang and CJ family. He also owns and restores antique airplanes. You will find him flying his planes to many air shows during from his home base in Wichita, KS.
“It is difficult for me to express how happy we are here at the IMC Club to be able to have someone with such an expertise and experience as Mr. Pelton to be part of our growing organization. I want to thank Mr. Pelton enthusiastically and express my deep appreciation for accepting our invitation.”
IMC Club, through its nationwide chapters, provides organized “hangar flying” focused on building proficiency in instrument flying. It’s the only organization of its kind. FLYING Magazine just recently wrote about this organization:
Believing that safety and proficiency are developed through education and experience monthly meetings use real world scenarios to engage members and allow them to share and build their experience.
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