October 15, 2013 Last Updated 11:28 am

Former editorial director of Aviation Week Group, Tony Velocci, to write for Forbes

Velocci is a 23-year veteran of Aviation Week where he was editorial director of Aviation Week Group and editor-in-chief at Aviation Week & Space Technology

Press Release:

NEW YORK – October 15, 2013 — Forbes has published industry-leading business aviation reports for 19 years, building the case for private aviation as an essential business tool. Now the media company is bringing a new voice to its Business Aviation series in Forbes magazine.

“We’re delighted to pass the torch from our long-time partner, Mark Patiky, to Tony Velocci, a respected aviation journalist who brings great experience and enthusiasm to our aviation reports,” said Selden Blommer, executive director of Forbes Custom Publishing.

12-8-1 VelocciVelocci is a 23-year veteran of Aviation Week. Most recently, he was editorial director of Aviation Week Group and editor-in-chief at Aviation Week & Space Technology, where he led a global team of reporters and editors to produce the 97-year-old bible of the aerospace industry. He led or co-chaired many international forums on innovation and cross-border collaboration, and co-chaired an annual aerospace executive summit on critical challenges facing the aerospace industry. He is a member of the National Aeronautic Association’s Board of Directors.

Among his many honors, Velocci was twice named Aerospace Journalist of the Year by the U.K.-based Royal Aeronautical Society. Velocci will offer a fresh perspective on the crucial role of business aviation in achieving productivity goals and growing shareholder value.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Forbes, one of the greatest brands in the history of business journalism,” said Velocci. “My primary focus will be on helping to tell the compelling story of business aviation and why it has become an essential business tool in today’s global economy.”

Forbes will be publishing Business Aircraft Acquisition and Finance, its first aviation report featuring Velocci, in the December 16 Investment Guide issue. A series of three special reports will follow in 2014.

“We feel the future of the business aviation industry is bright,” said Blommer. “Whether your company is interested in buying aircraft, or exploring the many other options such as jet cards, fractional ownership or charter, Forbes will share the ins and outs and show how business aircraft can get you where you need to be, when you need to be there, for a true business advantage.”

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