Wed, Apr 11, 2012
Newly-Created Position Goes To Former Navy Test Pilot
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently named Thomas “Tom” Huff, a retired U.S. Navy test pilot with more than 25 years of experience, to serve in the newly created position of aviation safety officer. Huff reports to Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream.
In his new role, Huff (pictured) oversees a comprehensive aviation safety program for all Gulfstream flight operations, including experimental test, production test, demonstration and corporate flights. He provides independent safety oversight and promotes aviation safety and awareness throughout the company. “This position reinforces our focus on aviation safety as an integral part of the Gulfstream culture,” Flynn said. “Tom Huff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this new post.”
Huff comes to Gulfstream from Naval Test Wing, Atlantic, in Patuxent River, MD, where he served as the commander. A chief test pilot, he tested and evaluated Navy and Marine Corps aircraft and weapons systems while supervising a team of military, government civilian and contractor personnel conducting maintenance, modification and flight-test operations for 150 aircraft of 54 different types. Prior to that, Huff served as the chief of staff for the program executive officer for unmanned aircraft systems and weapons at Patuxent River. He has also served as the commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River and the Strike Fighter Squadron 87 in Virginia Beach, VA.
Huff was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1984 and retired in 2012. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He also has a Master of Science degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and another in foreign affairs and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI.
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