The United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) has named Hughes President and CEO Chris Baur as its new industry chair. Baur will succeed Nick Mayhew, who has served as the Industry Chair since January 2020.

Baur brings over 40 years of diverse aerospace industry leadership, global business development, and technical innovation expertise to the USHST. As founder of Hughes Aerospace, one of the largest Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSP), Chris has been a pioneer in NextGen and the Global Performance Based Navigation (PBN) movement. In this capacity, he has been a contributing member of the USHST Infrastructure Working Group. Chris continues to operate helicopters in addition to flying as a Senior Captain with a major Air Carrier.  He is a dual-rated ATP/CFII with over 15,000 hours, having served as a military/aviator in eight different fixed and rotary-wing aircraft in the US Army, US Air Force, and US Coast Guard. He is recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS) and holds a BS from Embry Riddle and an MBA from Brown University. 

Despite Baur’s extensive commitments to the aviation industry, he is eager to accept his new role. “I am deeply honoured to accept the challenges of this position. Following Nick into this role is no easy task as his leadership and technical prowess elevates the USHST bar to incredible OGE heights!” Baur said. “I look forward to listening and gaining insights from my fellow team members as well as the community, to advance the USHST’s influence, and relevance for the advancement of safety in our constantly evolving industry.”

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