Harland Terrell “Terry” Hibler, Director of Worldwide Airline Marketing with FlightSafety International for 28 years, slipped the surly bonds 3 May in New Jersey following a stroke several weeks earlier. He was 70.
“Terry will be sorely missed by all in the aviation industry. He always greeted you with a smile, professionalism, and a genuine interest in connecting with anyone he met. He was an icon in the training world,” said Kelly Murphy, Emerald Media and Director of Communications for Women in Aviation International.
Gary Morrison, Chair of the Aviation Accreditation Board International, who served on numerous aviation training task forces and industry conference panels with Terry, remembers him as a “straight shooter” and “a good friend of everyone in aviation” with a keen vision for helping young aviators.
“Terry walked the walk,” commented Rudy Toering, President, Aviation Expert Services – Global. “He was responsible for growing the regional and commercial airline training services sector at FlightSafety.”
Hibler chaired the US Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) Associate Members Council for the past 15 years. RACCA termed his leadership as “robust and remarkably effective.”
During his pre-FlightSafety career as a corporate pilot, Terry held an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, type ratings on 16 different aircraft, and was a Certified Flight Instructor.
He was also a frequent speaker at Halldale’s World Aviation Training Summit (WATS) and an enthusiastic competitor in the WATS golf tournaments. “Terry was a great business partner and a friend; he always knew what he wanted and had the knack of making it a pleasure to work with him. Terry was one of life’s gentlemen and a great asset to the aviation community and to FlightSafety,” commented Halldale President Andy Smith.
Hibler served in the US Air Force as a loadmaster on C130 aircraft during the Vietnam War. He was active in Veteran Air Warriors, and in lieu of flowers donations in Terry’s memory can be made to https://veteranairwarriors.org/.
Terry also loved to cook, and held several titles including Barbeque Pit-Master, Chili Cookoff King and Master Smoker.
He is survived by his wife, Karen (Schlageter) Hibler, a daughter, numerous other family members and his loyal canine companion, Renny. Services were private.