NEW YORK, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- In March 2005, The Wings Club's President's gavel was passed to Allan McArtor, signaling his election as the organization's 63rd President. In his role as President Mr. McArtor will focus on increasing Club membership, supporting scholarship funding and attracting prominent speakers with timely messages of interest to the Club. Allan McArtor is Chairman of Airbus North America Holdings, Inc., parent company of Airbus North America Sales, Inc. and Airbus North America Customer Services, Inc. as well as Airbus North America Engineering. Before joining Airbus, McArtor held the positions of founder, chairman and CEO of Legend Airlines. Prior to this from 1979 to 1994, McArtor served on the senior management team of Federal Express Corporation -- except for two years, 1987 to 1989, when President Ronald Reagan appointed him to serve as the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). During that time, he was credited with helping to regain public confidence in air transportation in the U.S. while accelerating the modernization of air traffic control (ATC). McArtor is a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and was the Cadet Wing Commander. A highly decorated combat fighter pilot in Vietnam, McArtor was also an Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the Air Force. He continues to holds Commercial Pilot's license and is a member of Tau Beta Pi. In addition, he holds a Masters Degree from Arizona State University. In addition to his responsibilities at The Wings Club and at Airbus North America McArtor serves on the Board of Directors of EADS North America, Inc; The European Institute; Washington Area Airports Authority; Aviation Safety Alliance; GKN Aerospace Transparency Systems; B2eMarkets; Committee for Economic Development and Platinum Research Organization, LLC. He is also a member of the International Policy Committee and Homeland Security Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Currently, McArtor serves on the boards of a number of civic, industry, charity and educational groups including the Falcon Foundation Executive Committee; Sabre Society; Air Force Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees and the St. Jude's Children's Hospital Professional Advisory Board. The Wings Club was founded in 1942 and is a private membership club. It is comprised of industry leaders, management, pilots and professionals in related service organizations, dedicated to preserve the history and perpetuate the traditions of aviation while providing a forum for discussion and debate on aeronautical and aviation issues. As the premiere international aviation club, The Wings Club recognizes and honors significant achievements contributing to the advancement of aeronautical and aviation matters. For more information on The Wings Club or to become a member call 212-867-1770, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.wingsclub.org.
SOURCE The Wings Club