The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded Bob Quinn, the association’s Central regional representative, who will retire June 30, after 13 years of service on behalf of NBAA members in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Since joining NBAA in 2006, Quinn has been a tireless advocate for the interests of business aviation in the Midwest. His significant communication talents and extensive knowledge of the business aviation industry have made him a highly credible and knowledgeable advocate for aviation at state legislatures, regulatory agencies, airport organizations and more.
“Bob’s networking skills have been highly effective in bringing a variety of interests together and in facilitating successful programs and partnerships,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His strong operational background and understanding of airspace and airport issues have greatly benefited business aviation operators in the Central region.”
Bolen noted that Quinn’s input for airspace redesign efforts – including RNAV arrivals and departures – in the St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit metropolitan areas was instrumental to their successful implementation.
“Bob has ably represented a large region of the country, and his knowledge and advocacy for business aviation will be missed,” said Steve Hadley, NBAA regional programs senior director and Southwest regional representative. “We wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life.”
Quinn is a past president and 30-year member of the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA), considered to be the second-oldest regional business aviation group in the nation.
After graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial administration, Quinn began his aviation career as a design engineer with McDonnell Douglas, later working for the Trane Company and Emerson Electric in engineering and marketing positions.
Over his more than 50-year aviation career, he has accumulated almost 17,000 hours with eight type ratings on his ATP, plus an A&P and Inspection Authorization, and has 25 years of experience as a business aircraft pilot.
Prior to joining NBAA, Quinn was a Gulfstream captain with TAG Aviation, and has flown an array of Gulfstreams from the G-2 thru the G-550, operating them in every continent except Antarctica. He is still flying his Christen Eagle II biplane, which is based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport.