High-Profile Changes At AOPA, EAA

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Bruce Landsberg, AOPA

Bruce Landsberg, AOPA

Jeff Skiles, EAA

Jeff Skiles, EAA

Two highly visible aviation experts are making career changes. AOPA announced this week that safety advocate Bruce Landsberg will retire from his position as president of the AOPA Foundation and executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Institute. Landsberg spent 22 years at AOPA and led the association's safety efforts. And Jeff Skiles, who signed on with EAA to promote aviation safety and education after taking a break from his airline job following the famous ditching in the Hudson, has moved on to consider the next step in his career. Skiles said he'll continue to contribute to EAA as a writer, volunteer and member. "It has been a true privilege to be part of the EAA staff, as I was able to meet so many dedicated members and local chapters who are wonderful ambassadors for EAA and aviation," Skiles said.

AOPA said it has named Jim Minow, a GA pilot with an extensive background in the nonprofit world, to head the AOPA Foundation. George Perry, who formerly served in the Navy as an F-18E squadron commanding officer and recently worked for Cirrus Aircraft, will lead the Air Safety Institute. Landsberg spoke with AVweb about aviation safety in this 2013 podcast, and Skiles talked about aviation education and careers in 2011.