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Supersonic biz jet maker hires another exec with Wichita ties

Aerion Corp.’s new chief commercial officer was previously president of Embraer Executive Jets and in the 1990s was with Cessna Aircraft Co.’s western sales division.
Aerion Corp.’s new chief commercial officer was previously president of Embraer Executive Jets and in the 1990s was with Cessna Aircraft Co.’s western sales division. Courtesy photo

A Nevada company developing a supersonic business jet has added a second senior-level executive with ties to Wichita and its aircraft manufacturers.

Aerion Corp. said Monday it has hired Ernest “Ernie” Edwards as senior vice president and chief commercial officer.

Edwards retired in 2013 as president of Embraer Executive Jets and more recently served as non-executive chairman of Veling Tayara Ltd., a Dubai-based company that provides structured operating leases for business jets.

In his new post at Aerion, Edwards will be responsible for overseeing all sales activity on the AS2, a 9-12 seat business jet that Aerion claims will fly at Mach 1.5 and is slated for entry into service in 2022.

“From his days at Embraer, and even earlier, Ernie has been a pioneer and a very successful one at that,” Aerion co-chairman Brian Barents said in a news release. “We will benefit greatly from his vast experience and talents.”

Barents is also well known in Wichita aviation circles, having served as president of Learjet from 1989 to 1996. Before that, he was senior vice president of sales and marketing at Cessna.

According to Edwards’ LinkedIn profile, he was director of sales for Cessna’s western division for most of the 1990s.

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