WICHITA, Kan. – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces that Peter Wilkinson will head Cessna's McCauley Propeller Systems operations as general manager, and that Bill Collier will assume control of both the turbine and propeller aircraft parts distribution groups for Cessna. Wilkinson and Collier will report to Mark Paolucci, senior vice president, Cessna Customer Service.
Wilkinson, formerly vice president of Cessna Parts Distribution (CPD2), will have responsibility for the entire McCauley value stream including manufacturing, engineering, marketing and aftermarket support. Collier, currently vice president of Cessna's Citation Parts Distribution (CPD), will assume management of CPD2 propeller aircraft support as well.
"It is important to Cessna and the McCauley business to focus on growth opportunities and development of new products. Peter's proven track record will position McCauley for this future," Paolucci said. "Bill brings a wealth of experience in distribution channel development and has demonstrated a strong focus on customer satisfaction."
Prior to joining Cessna in 1997, Wilkinson spent 10 years with British Aerospace and served in the Royal Air Force for 13 years. He has a degree in Engineering from Lincoln University and is a certified Textron Six Sigma Champion and Green Belt.
With more than 33 years in the industry, Collier joined Cessna in 2005 after positions with Air Services International and Rolls-Royce. He received an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a master's degree from Indiana Wesleyan.
For more than 60 years, McCauley Propeller Systems has been a leader in propeller design and manufacture for commercial and general aviation. Cessna acquired McCauley in 1960.
The first of a planned family of composite propellers development.
Customers now have the option of purchasing propeller products directly from the OEM or through a McCauley Authorized Service Facility.
McCauley Propeller Systems has won a contract from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. for test and production of a new four-blade, metal propeller for the Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System.
Yingling Aviation has announced that it will add 9,000 square feet of hangar and office space to its existing facilities to make room for McCauley propeller overhaul and service.