Romain Trapp Succeeds Chris Emerson At Airbus Helicopters

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Longtime Airbus manager Romain Trapp will succeed Chris Emerson as president of Airbus Helicopters Inc. and head of the company’s North America Region for helicopters. Emerson is heading over as president of Airbus Defense and Space Inc.

“Romain brings a keen understanding of the North American helicopter market, and I could not think of anyone better suited to take on this role than someone who has led such a diverse range of our U.S. and Canadian activities for so long,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “I am confident he will continue to support our customers and grow our business in the world’s largest in-service helicopter market.”

“I am proud to work with the highly skilled men and women who build and support Airbus helicopters here in North America, and honored by the confidence the Airbus leadership has in me to lead this team,” Trapp said.

Trapp has been with Airbus for nearly 20 years, 11 of which in North America. He was CFO of Airbus Helicopters in Grand Prairie, Texas, starting in 2008, then COO in 2016. If that weren’t enough, Trapp has been president of Airbus Helicopters Canada since 2013.

“Airbus is the leading provider of helicopters in this region, with more than 70% commercial market share and a large—and growing—customer base,” said Jeff Knittel, CEO of Airbus Americas. “Romain will carry on the exemplary customer experience that our clients have come to expect, and we look forward to supporting him as he continues to elevate our brand in North America.”

KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for more than 30 years. He is a 4000-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Sportsman 2+2, and currently flies a 2002 GlaStar.

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