Bruce Whitman, Chairman, President & CEO of FlightSafety International, passed away on October 10, 2018 at the age of 85. FlightSafety says Whitman will be remembered with great admiration and affection. He was highly-respected and held in the utmost regard by those in the company and the industry.
Whitman joined FlightSafety International in 1961 as Assistant to the President after two years as Senior Executive Assistant with the National Business Aircraft Association. Later that year, he was elected Vice President and a Director of the company. In 1962, he was named Executive Vice President. He was promoted to CEO in 2003.
He served on the Associate Membership Advisory Council of the National Business Aircraft Association and Board of Governors and Executive Committees of the Flight Safety Foundation and the Civil Air Patrol. He was a former Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Petroleum Helicopters and chaired the Nominating, Compensation and Governance Committees of the Aviall Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Executive Committee of PASSUR Aerospace. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of FlightSafety Boeing Training International; Aerospace Industries Association; an Executive Committee member of NATA’s Air Charter Safety Foundation; former Board of Governor and President Emeritus of The Wings Club Foundation.
Whitman was Chairman Emeritus of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation; Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Executive Committee of Orbis International; a Director Emeritus of the Civil Air Patrol and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
He spent two summers as a seaman with the United States Merchant Marine while attending Trinity College, and when he graduated in 1955, was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Air Force, where he earned the triple ratings of pilot, navigator and bombardier serving in the Strategic Air Command.