Doug May takes the lead at Textron Aviation’s piston aircraft business


Textron Aviation has appointed Doug May as vice president, piston aircraft. May serves on the company’s senior leadership team and reports to the CEO, Scott Ernest.

May is now responsible for overseeing customer input and advanced design, manufacturing, customer delivery, and continued service and support for the Beechcraft and Cessna piston-engine aircraft product lines.

May’s career in aviation has included experimental flight test positions with Kohlman Systems Research and Bombardier Learjet, prior to joining Cessna Aircraft Company in 2006. Since then, he has held a variety of increasingly responsible roles within the engineering and flight test divisions, most recently as director of engineering flight test and experimental operations for all Cessna and Beechcraft products.

May has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas, USA. An associate fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, he holds an Air Transport Pilot rating with more than 5,500 experimental flight test hours. May is type-rated in eight models, including four Cessna Citation aircraft.

April 10, 2015

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