Meggitt/S-TEC has promoted Chris Becker to vice president of flight operations. Becker was the Marine One helicopter pilot for President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush from 1985-1988.
In his new position, Becker is responsible for leading S-TEC’s flight test team, including pilots, engineers and technicians. He will also supervise all certification flight-testing, STC design and development, customer aircraft service and factory installations. He was most recently director of flight-testing.
Becker has 28 years of flight and aviation management experience, including 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was honored as Test Pilot of the Year and earned three Meritorious Service awards. Becker has multiple certifications including ATP, helicopter, experimental test pilot and flight instructor. He has more than 5,000 hours total flight time and more than 7,000 landings.
Prior to joining S-TEC in 2004, he was director of Bell Textron’s H-1 helicopter program; before that he was Rockwell Collins’ Navy and Marine aircraft avionics program manager.
Becker is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. He earned a master’s degree in education from Troy State University.
“Chris’s credentials and reputation are impeccable. Over the course of his career, he has consistently demonstrated his expertise and abilities both in and out of the cockpit. He earned this promotion and we’re excited about his expanded role within the company,” said S-TEC Vice President of Operations Mel Hilderbrand.
Meggitt/S-TEC, based in Mineral Wells, Texas, is a leading manufacturer of innovative avionics system solutions for the business and general aviation market. The company is part of the Aerospace Systems division of Meggitt/PLC.
Headquartered in the U.K., Meggitt is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialist extreme engineering, Meggitt companies design and manufacture precision-engineered components and systems, including specialist sensors for aerospace and defense applications. The group’s specialist sensors capability is also deployed in the medical, mainstream industrial, test engineering and transportation markets. The group has more than 5,200 employees, managed via five divisions.
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