23rd January 2014

New famous Chairman for CEPA

Roger Whyte, a senior executive with Cessna for over 28 years, has become the new Chairman of CEPA (Central European Private Aviation), the non-profit organisation created to support the development of business aviation in Central and Eastern Europe.


CEPA Founder, Dagmar Grossmann with newly appointed Chairman, Roger Whyte

CEPA Founder, Dagmar Grossmann with newly appointed Chairman, Roger Whyte


CEPA, which holds its 2014 Expo on 19th and 20th November 2014, has recruited Mr Whyte to take over from the outgoing Chairman, Philippe Lienard, to help guide the organisation through its fifth year of growth. He will use his extensive experience in global business development and event management to further position the flourishing CEPA Expo as the leading event in the region.

Roger Whyte gained commercial aviation experience in the mid 1970’s during his time with OEFAG Aviation Services, an FBO with locations across Austria, where he worked closely with Austrian Airlines on the establishment of Austrian Air Service regional airline.

In 1982 Cessna Aircraft Company appointed Mr Whyte as Citation regional sales manager and he was subsequently promoted to Director Europe, Middle East and Africa and later to Director of International Citation Sales.

After a brief period with Raytheon Aircraft Company in 1994, as Vice President International Sales, Roger Whyte returned to Cessna as Vice President Worldwide Citation Sales. In 1997 he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cessna Sales and Marketing responsible for all aircraft product lines, a position which he held until his retirement at the end of 2010.

Roger Whyte served as the Chairman of the Associate Member Advisory Committee and as a Board member of the NBAA and was also a founding board member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation. He has served on Duncan Aviation’s Advisory Board and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the United States National Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2011 Mr Whyte was based in Shanghai, China on a special assignment for the NBAA to help lay the groundwork for The Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, ABACE which has become the premier business aviation forum for that region and is now being held annually.

Commenting on his appointment, Roger Whyte said “I have been following the progress of CEPA since its inception and having attended the CEPA Expo, I am impressed with what has been achieved so far. The support CEPA provides to businesses in the Central and Eastern European regions compliments the activity of organisations such as EBAA by providing a very specific focus. I am looking forward to working with the CEPA team to help take the organisation and the Expo to the next stage of its development.”

CEPA Founder, Dagmar Grossmann said “We are delighted that Roger has agreed to take the CEPA Chairmanship in what I think will be a very exciting time in the growth of the organisation and in a year that follows the most successful CEPA Expo yet. I want to thank Philippe Lienard of Aelis Group for his support and hard work in helping to make 2013 such a good year. There are many exciting developments to work on in 2014 and Roger has the experience and skills to help us immensely.”

2nd January 2014

Why not going public, here are my resolutions for 2014

2nd January 2014

'Thank you last time, 2013 and all the lovely people that came in my life and hopefully will stay there

Prague by night and happiness for all the thngs we achieved in 2013, i am so grateful. Met so many great people. What will be 2014, hard to top the previous year, really, wish my family and children and friends all the best and many moments of love and health and never ever refuse someone who offers you help and warmth. Mazel Tov

2nd January 2014

This is what I always wanted to know......

31st December 2013


Wenn ich mal groß bin, möchte ich Pilot werden, weil das so lustig ist und man nicht viel lernen muss. Darum gibt es ja auch so viele. Piloten brauchen nicht so oft in die Schule zu gehen. Das ist schön. Sie brauchen bloß Zahlen lesen zu lernen, damit sie die vielen Uhren im Flugzeug lesen können. Ich glaube es ist auch gut, wenn sie über die Landkarten Bescheid wissen, damit sie sich nicht verfliegen.

Piloten müssen auch tapfer sein, damit sie sich nicht fürchten, wenn sie bei Nacht und Nebel herumfliegen und nichts sehen. Auch wenn der Motor ausgeht oder ein Flügel abbricht, darf ein Pilot nicht zappelig werden, sondern er muss ganz ruhig überlegen, was zu tun ist. Piloten haben überhaupt keine Angst, auch nicht, wenn es blitzt und donnert. Denn sie sind ja viel näher dran am Gewitter als andere Leute.

Was mir sehr gefällt ist das viele Geld, was sie bekommen. Dies ist mehr, als man überhaupt ausgeben kann. Das kommt, weil viele Leute glauben, dass Fliegen gefährlich ist. Bloß die Piloten glauben das nicht, weil sie wissen, dass das ganz einfach ist.

Das mag ich alles gern, bis auf die Sache mit den Mädchen. Alle Mädchen rennen den Piloten hinterher und die Stewardessen wollen alle Piloten heiraten. Die Piloten müssen deshalb immer die Mädchen fortscheuchen, damit die nicht beim Fliegen stören. Die Piloten sehen ganz cool aus, da sie so viele Abziehbilder auf den Jacken und auf dem Auto haben.

Hoffentlich wird es mir beim Fliegen nicht so schlecht wie beim Schifffahren. Dann könnte ich nämlich nicht Pilot werden und müsste richtig arbeiten.

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