Former Cessna CEO Meyer Joins Aviation Hall Of Fame
For 2009, the National Aviation Hall of Fame will induct astronauts Eileen Collins, the late Edward White and movie legend the late Jimmy Stewart, alongside Russ Meyer, who led Cessna Aircraft as chairman and CEO from 1975 to 2003. Cessna had halted production of its piston-powered aircraft amid liability issues that held the manufacturer responsible for aircraft over its entire life. Meyer is credited with helping pass the 1994 General Aviation Revitalization Act, limiting liability for manufacturers and leading Cessna to re-enter the general aviation market. Today, the company has delivered more than 40,000 Cessna 172s to market, making it the most-produced aircraft model in history. Meyer played a role in the development of the "Be A Pilot" program and went on to oversee expansion of Cessna's Citation line, which holds claim to the title of most popular bizjet line in the world. He also originated the Citation Special Olympics Airlift that organized hundreds of Citation owners in their transport of athletes from around the country to the National Special Olympics games. Winner of two Collier Trophies, Meyer was in 1996 inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame and served on three Presidential Commissions. He is a commercial instrument-rated pilot with more than 15,000 hours logged.
Russ Meyer remains an active participant in national aviation issues through his position as chairman emeritus of Cessna.