Gulfstream appoints Dan Nale


Gulfstream has appointed Dan Nale to senior vice president for programs, engineering and test. Pres Henne announces his retirement after 44 year aerospace career.

Dan Nale

Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed Dan Nale to the position of senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, effective April 1. He will succeed Pres Henne, who will retire March 31. Most recently, Nale served as vice president, Advanced Aircraft Programs, where he was responsible for overseeing the development of next-generation Gulfstream aircraft.

“Dan started his Gulfstream career in 1985 as a structural analysis engineer and has held increasingly responsible engineering positions within the company over the past 28 years,” said Flynn. “I have complete confidence in Dan’s ability to lead the vast team of 1,675 engineers, scientists and designers who are responsible for the industry-leading research and development undertaken at Gulfstream.”

Henne, who turned 65 in 2012, joined Gulfstream in 1994. He is credited with leading the teams responsible for the design, development, test and certification of the Gulfstream V and G550 aircraft, which earned Robert J. Collier trophies from the National Aeronautics Association in 1997 and 2003, respectively.

Most recently, Henne oversaw the development of the G650. The G650, which entered service in 2012. Henne also supervised the design and development of the G280.

“Over the past 15 years or so, Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced six new products; launched a number of industry-leading product enhancements, including the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System and Synthetic Vision – Primary Flight Display; and received the Robert J. Collier trophy twice. We also established a strong engineering organization as well as a Research and Development Center campus with four office buildings and a dedicated state-of-the-art lab building,” Flynn said. “These accomplishments are due, in part, to Pres’ leadership, innovation and knowledge of the aerospace industry. His retirement is well-deserved.”

Henne said, “It’s amazing how 44 years in the aircraft design and development business have flown by. It has been an honor to be part of the teams that developed the G650, G550, GV, G450, G280 and G150.”

Henne earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering with highest undergraduate honors from the University of Illinois in 1969 and a master’s degree in engineering from California State University at Long Beach in 1974. Henne is a Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

His awards include the AIAA 1996 Engineer of the Year Award, the AIAA 2001 Hap Arnold Award for Excellence in Aeronautical Program Management, the 2005 University of Illinois Alumni Award for Distinguished Service, a 2012 Living Legend of Aviation Award from the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, the AIAA 2012 Reed Aeronautics Award and a 2012 Aviation Week Laureate Award.

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