etween them, they have more than 400 years of flight and aviation experience. They have developed over 180 different aircraft for companies including Beech, Boeing, Cessna, Lear, Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas, Mitsubishi, Mooney, Piper, Rockwell, Swearingen and others. They have designed all types of general aviation aircraft.
They are the Century Team
This group has as much technical know-how and real-world aviation experience as any other team in the industry. They are the team that will revolutionize executive travel by introducing the world's most-affordable business jet.
"Our team is absolutely second to none," said Bill Northrup, Founder and Chariman of the Board of Century Aerospace. "In fact, nearly every business aircraft flying today was made possible with the help of these individuals. Now, they are leading the design, development, manufacture, marketing and certification effort for the Century Jet."
Founder and Chairman of the Board
A lifelong pilot, Bill Northrup combined his love of aviation with his knack for successful entrepreneurial ventures when he founded the company now known as Century Aerospace Corporation in 1992. Since 1980, Northrup has founded four successful entrepreneurial businesses, including Century Aerospace. In addition to developing the Century Jet, Northrup's business startups have ranged from railroad contracting, lumber kiln operations plus commercial power and carbon plant development. His aviation experience included rebuilding turbine helicopters; maintaining his multi-engine and instrument ratings; and continuous self-study in aviation, engineering and product design.
Dave McClenahan is lending his services to spearhead the structural design and certification of the Century Jet. He has been involved with companies such as Cessna, Erickson AirCrane, Flight Structures, and Lear Fan Ltd., where he was responsible for analysis, testing and certification of the all-composite Learfan 2100.
Doug Marwill has been actively involved with powerplant installation and fuel system design for more than 28 years, including time with Beech and Fairchild. He has designed systems for the Bonanza, Duke, Baron, King Air series and the Swearingen SJ30. He is now leading the fuel system design and powerplant installation for the Century Jet.
Avionics and Electrical Systems DER
Joe Harris has been involved with avionics and electrical system design while with companies including Cessna, Beech and Learjet. He has gone on to found his own company, Diamond J, manufacturing aircraft accessory instrumentation. Harris has offered his services consulting on the layout and certification of avionics and electrical systems on the Century Jet.
Ian Gilchrist is an accomplished professional in the field of aerodynamic engineering. His field of expertise covers airfoils, wing and propeller design, performance estimation, loads, stability and control with wind tunnel and flight tests. Over the past 35 years, he has held high-level positions with aerospace organizations across England and the United States, including Hawker Siddeley, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Boeing, LearAvia and Lear Fan. Gilchrist is working as a consultant on the aerodynamics for the Century Jet.
With more than 28 years' experience, Phil Mitchell is considered to be one of the best interior designers in the business. His luxurious interior design work and exceptional talent are captured in the designs of the Hawker 800, Hawker 1000, Falcon 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200s and various Challengers and Gulfstreams.
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