Thu, Oct 26, 2006
David Groen Steps In After Brother's Passing
Two weeks after Jay Groen,
co-founder of Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc. passed away after a
fight with cancer... the company announced Wednesday that Jay's
brother David will replace him as Chairman of the company's Board
David Groen is president and CEO of the gyroplane company, which
the two brothers founded in 1986. Immediately prior to forming
Groen Brothers Aviation, David Groen was a founding partner and
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Seagull Recycling Company.
Previously, he has held numerous executive positions in the
helicopter industry with Sales and Marketing, Safety Officer,
Branch Manager, and Chief Pilot responsibilities.
David Groen has extensive military and commercial experience in
helicopters, having logged over 7,000 hours in rotor-wing and
fixed-wing aircraft. As a combat helicopter pilot and Aircraft
Commander in Vietnam, he flew hundreds of combat sorties. These
many years of flying, added to his tenure serving in management
positions within the rotor-wing industry, gave him a wealth of
management and leadership experience in a variety of related
Along with Jay, David Groen also wrote the best-selling
The company developed the Hawk 4 turbine-powered gyroplane...
and also manufactures and sells the Sparrowhawk 2 kit gyroplane
(above) through its American Autogyro division. GBA is also working
with the US Department of Defense Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency, or DARPA, to design a proof of concept high speed,
long range, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for use in Combat
Search and Rescue roles.
As Aero-News reported, Jay
Groen passed away October 9.
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