Fred McIntosh


Longtime NBAA staffer Frederick B. McIntosh, who retired from the association in 1983 after almost 20 years in its Operations Department, died Oct. 15 of congestive heart failure. He was 87. Funeral services were scheduled for Friday, Oct. 22, near his home in Leesburg, Va. McIntosh was the second recipient of NBAA’s “Lifetime Achievement Award,” which recognizes a minimum of 15 years of service combined with significant contributions to the business aviation community. In addition, “Mac” was instrumental in procuring the Small Aircraft Exemption found in FAR Part 91, Subpart D, for association members operating aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds. McIntosh joined the Army Air Forces during World War II and served as a fighter pilot with the 56th Fighter Group, 63rd Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force in Europe. He was also a pioneer in business aircraft noise abatement and was the first recipient of the Flight Safety Foundation’s Business Aviation Meritorious Award in 1975. According to a 2003 NBAA press release, McIntosh was well-respected at the FAA, too. “McIntosh’s immense number of contacts within the FAA helped shape business aviation operations of all kinds. Once at a meeting with FAA officials, then-NBAA President John Winant offered any assistance NBAA could provide. The FAA’s response was, ‘Give us Fred McIntosh.’ He was held in high esteem for his honesty, integrity and doggedness in working issues through to their conclusions,” NBAA said at the time.