Aviation World Mourns Visionary Business Leader Serge Dassault

The aviation community was rocked by news of the passing of Serge Dassault, 93, on Monday, the day before the business aviation community gathered for EBACE 2018 in Geneva. Dassault is believed to have suffered heart failure while at his office in Paris.

Groupe Dassault, the company which he owned and led for many years following the death of his father—company founder Marcel Dassault—in 1986, issued the following statement: “It is with an infinite sadness that we learn of the death of Mr. Serge Dassault, chairman and CEO of Groupe Dassault, and the former chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. Dassault Aviation’s management, engineers, technicians, employees, and workers all send their deepest and most sincere condolences to Mrs. Dassault, her children, and grandchildren.”

EBAA chairman Juergen Wiese said in his introductory remarks at Tuesday’s EBACE opening general session: “Yesterday, the business aviation family lost one of its great leaders and figures. Serge Dassault was a giant and legend, an innovator and pioneer, in commerce and politics, in France and across Europe. Our hearts go out to the [Groupe] Dassault family and our hearts go out to the Dassault family that are here with us in Geneva this week. We dedicate EBACE 2018 to that legend, Serge Dassault.”



In 1914, then 22-year-old Marcel Dassault founded the company that would eventually come to dominate French aviation. At that time, he was still named Marcel Bloch, and his successful design of a wooden propeller for World War I pursuit aircraft kicked off one of the greatest success stories in aviation.

Serge was born Serge Bloch in Paris on April 4, 1925. He was one of two sons of Marcel (the other being Claude) and his wife, Madeleine (née Minckes). The Bloch family, being of Jewish heritage, was stripped of its property in WW2 during the Nazi occupation of France, with Marcel having refused to have anything to do with the German aviation industry. He was deported in 1944 to the Buchenwald concentration camp, then released in April 1945 when the camp was liberated. Marcel subsequently changed the family name to Dassault, derived from the word “assault” in French.

The young Serge focused on his education, joining the family business in 1951 after graduating from the Institut Superieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace, having previously studied at the Lycée Janson de Sailly and gaining a first degree from the École Polytechnique in Paris. In the early 1960s he added an MBA from HEC Paris.

Despite distinguishing himself as a student, Serge’s father Marcel maintained control of the family business and, according to those who remember that time, had little confidence in the young Serge becoming his successor. He did, however, make him head of Dassault Electronique, so that after Marcel’s death in 1986, aged 94, Serge was well placed to become the new leader of Groupe Dassault as chief executive.

Serge was soon to prove his mettle as a businessman. Having seen his father Marcel successfully rebuff attempts by President Mitterrand to nationalize Dassault in the 1980s, Serge headed off attempts by President Jacques Chirac to restructure France’s aerospace industry in the mid-1990s, and this Dassault remained proudly independent.

He was instrumental in guiding the development of such iconic aircraft as the Falcon business jet lines and Rafale fighter, but also led his company to diversify into other areas, notably acquiring France’s leading newspaper publisher Le Groupe Figaro, in 2004. The company also owns the Paris-based auction house Artcurial and wine estates in Bordeaux–many an aviation executive and journalist has enjoyed Château Dassault’s wines on board the company barge, moored adjacent to its St. Cloud headquarters next to the Seine in Paris.

Serge was also active politically as a member of the UMP party, with is his son Olivier becoming a deputy in the French National Assembly. Serge himself was a former mayor of the city of Corbeil-Essonnes, a suburb of Paris some 23 miles southeast of St. Cloud, on the Seine. In 2004, Serge became a French senator, championing the position of entrepreneurs struggling against onerous tax and social regulations.

In 2014, Serge passed the reins of the family business to CEO Charles Edelstenne (Eric Trappier is the current CEO), but remained active in the business to the end.

At the time of his death, Serge Dassault was honorary chairman of Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault, the family’s holding company, which also includes Dassault Systèmes, the leading supplier of the aircraft design and development software (Catia) that is used by the aerospace industry around the world; Sogitec; Lummen; Le Figaro; and SABCA.

Serge Dassault married Nicole (née Raffel) on July 5, 1950, and is survived by their four children—Laurent, Olivier, Thierry, and Marie-Helene—and several grandchildren. Laurent and Olivier have held executive positions in the family company.


Source: AIN Online (05/29/18)


World-Way Aviation receives recognition by AINs 2018 FBO Survey

We gladly received AIN’s 2018 FBO Survey recognition plate, following the results of this year survey, as World-Way Aviation achieved for the second year in a roll the Top Rated FBO position in Brazil followed by the TOP 20% of highest-rated FBOs in the Americas (By Overall Average).

World-Way Aviation congratulate and support Aviation International News (AIN) initiative to provide information for operators creating a transparent and interest free environment for customers to select their FBO of choice.

With this second achievement, we pledge to continue our efforts and commitment to raise the bar for FBO services in Brazil.




TUG Meeting Reminder - Wed, May 16, 2018 - SIDs, IAPs and Datalink: RUUDY 6, RNAV (GPS) Rwy 1, PBCS (A056)

SIDs, IAPs and Datalink: RUUDY 6, RNAV (GPS) Rwy 1, PBCS (A056)

We will hold our regularly scheduled TUG Meeting on Wed, May 16, 2017 at 9:30 am in the Port Authority Conference Room, 90 Moonachie Ave, Moonachie, NJ 07074. Coffee and breakfast breads will be served at 9:00 am, and a luncheon of sandwiches and soft drinks will follow the meeting.

Our agenda is as follows:

NY TRACON Support Manager Steve McClain will discuss the recently issued FAA Letter to Airmen regarding the RUUDY 6 SID.

FAA Eastern Service Center Flight Procedures Team NY & NJ Specialist Kevin Thompson will present feasibility results associated with the recent joint TUG/Boeing request to develop an RNAV (GPS) IAP to Runway 1.

PANYNJ Delay Reduction Program Manager Ralph Tamburro will discuss notional SID procedures designed to mitigate Teterboro departure delays.

NY ARTCC Acting Traffic Management Officer Martin Fournier and/or Traffic Management Specialist Bob Ocon will discuss PBCS requirements for Oceanic Airspace and LOA A056.

Renee Spann, PANYNJ KTEB Airport Manager and Scott Marsh, KTEB Manager Airport Operations and Security will provide an Airport Operations update.

Gary Palm, FAA KTEB ATCT Manager, and/or Ted Zimmerman, Operations Manager, will present Tower Topics, etc.

Please make every effort to attend and invite others from your organizations. All are welcome!

Our complimentary continental breakfast and luncheon will be catered by Prova Restaurant.

For the latest news and information regarding Teterboro Airport, visit our TUG website,


Source: Teterboro Users Group (05/07/18)