[SatNews] Charlie Johnson, a veteran leader of the aviation and aerospace industries with more than 40 years of experience, has joined Bye Aerospace, Inc. to oversee a new project that will be publicly announced in April.
For the past four years, Johnson has been involved with various projects to develop practical applications of electric propulsion systems for light aircraft. “I’m excited to lead this new initiative and work with Bye Aerospace and many of our industry friends,” Johnson said. “I believe this new innovation will inspire and energize the next generation of pilots.”
Johnson has served as a senior executive for several companies, including President and COO of aviation leader Cessna Aircraft Company. He began his aviation career as a U.S. Air Force pilot, where he flew the F-105. Following his military career he was chief pilot for Arnold Palmer, then he joined Gates Learjet as Chief of Production Flight Test. He moved to Cessna as Manager of Production Flight Test, and served in a variety of quality control and product support positions before being Named Vice President, Aircraft Completion and Product Support. From there he served as Cessna’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Executive Vice President of Operations, then was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 1997. He later served as Chief Operating Officer, then President, of ATG which developed and flew the high performance Javelin jet prototype.
“Charlie’s experience and leadership are a great resource,” said George Bye, CEO. “We are delighted to work together with him as he leads the development efforts of an extraordinary new, high technology aircraft.”
Bye Aerospace was founded in 2007 and is headquartered near Denver, Colorado, and is applying clean energy solutions to innovative aircraft designs for the general aviation and defense markets. For more information, go tohttp://www.ByeAerospace.com/