Airbus Americas has named Craig Hoskins, 50, as its new Vice President of Safety and Technical Affairs. He will join the company in May and spend some time in Airbus headquarters in Toulouse and traveling for orientation, before assuming all responsibilities of the role in July. Hoskins will be replacing Bill Bozin, who is retiring in July after eight years with Airbus.
In his new role, Hoskins will be responsible for the facilitation and coordination of Airbus Americas activities and interests relating to safety, regulation and certification standards, human factors and operational matters. He and his team work closely with customer airlines, the FAA, the NTSB, ICAO and other governmental and industry groups. Hoskins will report to Barry Eccleston, President and CEO of Airbus Americas.
Eccleston says, “This position requires a lot from any individual: professionalism, experience, dedication to safety and the industry, intregrity and involvement. Bill has led with all of these qualities for the past eight years at Airbus Americas and throughout his career and we wish him well when he begins his retirement in July. I am confident Craig has the same qualities and will lead Airbus Americas safety efforts into the future.”
Yannick Malinge, Director of Product Safety for Airbus in Toulouse, also praises Bozin for “his relentless support to the Safety goal and his dedication to supporting Airbus’ safety goals worldwide through his interaction with the Toulouse-based safety organization. We look forward to the same interaction with Craig.”
Hoskins comes to Airbus Americas from JetBlue Airways, Corp., where he has been in various roles since 2003. Most recently, he was the Vice President, Chief Safety Officer and A320 Captain. He brings with him 31 years of aviation experience in military and civilian roles in flight, maintenance and safety operations. Prior to JetBlue, he was at Northwest Airlines for three years as a pilot and Human Factors analyst. From 1980 to 2000, he was with the United States Coast Guard as Chief of Safety, Human Factors Specialist and Lead Check Airman. Hoskins holds a Master of Science degree from Almeda College & University in Boise, Idaho; a Bachelor of Science degree from Charter Oak State College in Newington, Connecticut; a Certificate in Safety Management from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles; and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Safety Officer Course in Fort Rucker, Alabama. He is currently a member of the Air Transport Association’s Safety Committee in Washington, D.C.Hoskins, originally from Baxter, Minnesota is married with two adult children. He currently resides in Orlando, Florida, and he and his wife are looking forward to relocating to the Washington, D.C. area for his new role.