Commercial, Regulatory

Aviation Safety Pioneer Jack Piehl Dies

By Staff Writer | September 2, 2015

Offshore

Jack Piehl, a trail blazer in Aviation Safety, died June 2, 2015, at the age of 80 due to a brief illness. His lifelong career spanned both flight and maintenance. He began with Eastern Airlines, worked in several corporate flight departments and eventually joined Shell Oil Company as a pilot. At Shell, Jack took on additional responsibilities overseeing the qualifications and operations of the company’s Gulf of Mexico charter operators. Jack also helped found the Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference (HSAC) and was one of 16 attendees at its first meeting in 1978. Over the past 37 years, HSAC has been a driving factor in improving safety in offshore flight operations in the GOM. In 1983, he left Shell to form Sentinel Aviation Systems Inc. (SASI), which specializes in Aviation Safety Audits for flight departments. SASI has evaluated aviation charter operators for FAA compliance and safe operations as well as its aircraft for FAA airworthiness. SASI’s clients have included many of the top Fortune 25 companies all over the world. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, and by two sons and their families.

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