Gulfstream will lose its preeminent engineer when Pres Henne retires March 31. Henne culminates his 44-year aerospace career with the shepherding of the Gulfstream G650 to market. The G650, a contender for this year’s Collier Trophy, is Gulfstream’s largest, fastest and most expensive aircraft yet, achieving a range of 7,000 nm and, in flight tests, nudging up against the speed of sound.
Aviation Week recognized his achievements on the G650 -- bringing it to provisional certification relatively on time despite a series of setbacks that included the crash of Serial Number 6003 during flight test -- with the Business and General Aviation Laureate in 2012. Henne had called the award bittersweet because of the crash and loss of the four crewmembers, whom he memorialized.
He has led the design of the Collier Trophy-winning Gulfstream V and G550, two of the six products he helped bring to market. He also played a role in advances such as enhanced and synthetic vision on the Savannah, Ga., manufacturer’s aircraft.
He joined Gulfstream in 1994, but his career began in 1969 at McDonnell Douglas. There, he was responsible for the aerodynamic design of the C-17 and later became vice president and general manager of the MD-90 program.
Gulfstream promoted company veteran Dan Nale to succeed Henne as senior vice presidents for programs, engineering and test. During his 28-year career with Gulfstream, Nale has gained experience on a number of programs. He was vice president, mid-cabin programs, where he was responsible for the G100, G150, G200 and G280 programs. Most recently he vice president, advanced aircraft programs, steering the development of next-generation Gulfstream aircraft, He also has served as president, engineering, where he was responsible for several design and engineering organizations, including structures, GV propulsion, auxiliary power unit, fuel systems, environmental control and pressurization.