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Louis Seno, Jr.Louis Seno Jr
Louis C. Seno, Jr.
Lou Seno was named to his current position at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in January 2014. Seno’s service to Embry-Riddle began in 2001 when he was asked to represent the business aviation community serving on the institution’s President’s Advisory Board. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008. As a trustee, Seno chaired Embry-Riddle’s Development Committee and co-chaired their Flight Safety Committee.
Seno also serves as the Chairman Emeritus of Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI®), the world’s largest independent provider of comprehensive maintenance financing and support programs for business aircraft and turbine-powered helicopters.
Prior to joining JSSI®, Seno was part of the senior management team overseeing GE Capital Solutions’ worldwide business aircraft unit. He has worked extensively with the domestic and international markets and is credited with structuring the first operating lease of a business aircraft in the People’s Republic of China. He has represented the business aviation community as a member of the Board of Governors of The Flight Safety Foundation. Mr. Seno has also served on the Board of Directors of Duncan Aviation, Inc., one of the industry’s leading maintenance, repair and overhaul providers.
In 2011, Seno was elected to the Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in concert with JSSI® becoming the industry’s first pure service company to be admitted as a member into that organization. He presently serves as a member of GAMA’s Communication Committee. Recently, Mr. Seno was invited to join the ASTM F44 General Aviation Aircraft Rulemaking Committee.
He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate along with a Cessna Citation Jet type rating including single pilot endorsement. Seno has accrued more than 6,000 hours of flying time in numerous piston and turbine aircraft and currently owns and operates a Beechcraft Bonanza Model F33A and Aviat Husky Model A-1B on amphibious floats.
Mr. Seno’s affiliation with EAA began as a young boy growing up in a Chicago suburb when his father, the late Lou Seno, Sr. (EAA 1472) purchased the May, 1955 issue of Mechanics Illustrated magazine featuring Paul Poberezny and the Corben Baby Ace. The project, which actually began in late 1956, resulted in a first flight that took place in July of 1961.
Following several years of flying the Baby Ace, Lou Jr. assisted Lou Sr. in the construction of a Corben Jr. Ace. This aircraft was well known during the last years of the Rockford convention and for many years to come at Oshkosh.
Lou Sr. circumnavigated the continental United States in that particular aircraft in 1976 completing what was called “Flite Centennial ‘76”; a venture that took about 40 days to complete raising money for cancer research.
In 1988 the Senos arrived in Oshkosh with their brand new plans built Wag Aero Sport Trainer, and left with the bronze Lindy award for outstanding workmanship.
Lou Seno, Jr. first volunteered as a Young Eagles Field Representative shortly after Tom Poberezny announced the program in 1992 completing numerous flights in various production aircraft.