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  • 17 Jun 2019 8:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bob Quinn, GSLBAA Board Member

    Washington, DC, June 30, 2019 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that Bob Quinn, the association’s Central regional representative, will retire on June 30, after 13 years of service on behalf of NBAA members in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

    Since joining NBAA in 2006, Quinn has been a tireless advocate for the interests of business aviation in the Midwest. His significant communication talents and extensive knowledge of the business aviation industry have made him a highly credible and knowledgeable advocate for aviation at state legislatures, regulatory agencies, airport organizations and more.

    “Bob’s unmatched networking skills have been highly effective in bringing a variety of interests together and in facilitating successful programs and partnerships,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His strong operational background and understanding of airspace and airport issues have greatly benefited business aviation operators in the Central region.”

    Bolen noted that Quinn’s input for airspace redesign efforts--including RNAV arrivals and departures--in the St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit metropolitan areas was instrumental to their successful implementation.

     “Bob has ably represented a large region of the country, and his knowledge and advocacy for business aviation will be missed,” said Steve Hadley, NBAA regional programs senior director and Southwest regional representative. “We wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life.”

    Quinn is a past president and 30-year member of the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA), considered to be the second oldest regional business aviation group in the nation.

    After graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial administration, Quinn started his aviation career as a design engineer with McDonnell Douglas, later working for the Trane Company and Emerson Electric in engineering and marketing positions.  Over his more than 50-year aviation career, he has accumulated almost 17,000 hours with eight type ratings on his ATP plus an A&P and Inspection Authorization, and has more than 25 years of experience as a corporate charter pilot.

    Prior to joining NBAA, Quinn was a Gulfstream captain with TAG Aviation, and has flown an array of Gulfstreams from the G-2 thru the G-550 and operated them in every continent except Antarctica.  He is still flying his Christen Eagle II biplane, which is based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS).

    According to NBAA’s Hadley, the association will soon be announcing a realignment of the U.S. regions covered by the regional representatives.

    At the recent NBAA Regional Group Leadership Round Table, Bob Quinn was presented with the "Order of the Silk Scarf Award" by NBAA for diligence, industry, and persistence in nurturing, improving and enjoying aviation!


    Edward Bolen, President and CEO of NBAA, wrote a personal note for Bob's retirement:

    Congratulations to Bob on his years of service to NBAA and contributions to business aviation in general. Bob has been a cooperate pilot in the St Louis area for many years as well as a contributor and leader in the local business aviation community. He has served as a GSLBAA Board member, officer and BAAMO committee chairman, providing foundational leadership that has helped stimulate the growth of GSLBAA over the years.

    Bob continues to serve on the GSLBAA Board and will be an integral part going forward.

  • 13 May 2019 10:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2019 Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee: 
    Keith Mueller, GSLBAA Member
    Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame

    Keith Mueller is a flight instructor, mechanic and aviation educator. He has flown as a corporate pilot and served many hours as a flight instructor. Mueller began as a mechanic for Ozark Airline, which was later merged into Trans World Airlines and then finally became part of American Airlines. Mueller retired from American as Central Regional Manager for Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering in 2015.

    Mueller was a flight instructor and Assistant Chief Flight Instructor with the Belleville Area College Aviation Program in the 1980s. He later became the part-time coordinator for that program until it was discontinued. Belleville Area College became Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) and Mueller, while still working at the airlines, became the part-time Aviation Program Coordinator for SWIC. He developed the Aviation Pilot Training Program, the Aviation Management Program and then the Aircraft Dispatcher Program.

    In addition to Mueller’s significant accomplishments with the airlines and SWIC, he has a long history of volunteer service in the aviation community. He has promoted aviation to local school districts teachers and students in St. Clair, Madison, Randolph and Monroe counties. In 2017, he was a planner and participant for a STEM Aviation Day at MidAmerica Airport that was attended by over 200 local teachers. He is a member of EAA Chapter 64 and participates consistently in their Young Eagles program. He provides leadership in the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructor Association, and volunteers at the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum. He is always a willing mentor to young adults interested in aviation. We salute you for your contributions to the aviation program at SWIC, your mentorship efforts and your devotion to the aviation community.

  • 27 Apr 2019 7:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association is honored to receive the 2018 "Spirit of St. Louis Award" from the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association.


  • 15 Apr 2019 7:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dorothy “Dar” Jane White
    November 8, 1955 – April 15, 2019

    Dorothy White, 63, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019.  Beloved wife of Greg Kruse; loving mother of Jennifer (Christopher) Caldwell, Carrie Seeler, and Katie (Ross) Lindemann; treasured grandmother of Kyle (Kayla) Dyer, Courtney Caldwell, and Paige Lindemann; cherished great-grandmother of Kimberly and Kollyn; dear sister of Bill White and Robert (Wanda) White; dear sister-in-law of Daniel Libby, Mary Lou Omick, and Rich Kruse; dear aunt, cousin, and friend to many.

    Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, William and Theodora White and her sister, Margie Libby.

    Dorothy worked in private aviation for 30 years.  She sat on the board for the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association Educational Foundation, even serving as president for one year. In her spare time she enjoyed working in her garden and traveling back to her home state of New Jersey to see her “Jersey Girls”.  Dorothy’s pride and joy were her children and grandchildren and entertaining with all of them attending. She was a very caring person, with family stretching beyond blood;  Many of her friends became family.  Dorothy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

    SERVICES:  A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019, from 2 PM – 6 pm at Hutchens-Stygar Funeral & Cremation Center, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., (St. Charles) with a memorial service immediately following at 6 PM at Hutchens-Stygar.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations appreciated to Wings of Hope.

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