July 6, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Gretchen Jahn, who briefly was chief of Mooney Aircraft five years ago, is now the chief operating officer for Remos Aircraft. She has 30 years of experience as a consultant in aviation and manufacturing.
“Gretchen Jahn brings a level of understanding to our business that will have a direct positive effect on our customers,” said Remos CEO Edward Roberto. “A pilot for over 20 years and an aircraft owner herself, Ms. Jahn understands the relationship between the manufacturer and the customer.”
Jahn was most recently director of Knotridge Ltd. and provided strategic consulting services to businesses in aviation and manufacturing industries. Prior to leading Knotridge, Jahn was the general manager of Alpha Aviation of New Zealand. During her tenure with Mooney Airplane Company, she is credited with doubling the production rate, bringing two new models to market, and solidifying the bond that Mooney owners have with the factory, a Remos statement said.
“It is our goal to demonstrate a level of commitment to our customers that will build confidence in the Remos brand and will truly set us apart from every other light sport aircraft being manufactured today,” Jahn said.
As an avid pilot for 20 years, she is a member of The Ninety-Nines and the Colorado Pilots Association, and serves on the board of the Air Race Classic. She has competed in air racing.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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