William Ayer

Board Member, Honeywell

William Ayer began his career as a salesperson with the Piper Aircraft Company. After starting Air Olympia, a regional airline in Washington state, in 1981, Ayer joined Horizon Air in 1982. Horizon became a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines in 1986 and he was named chief executive officer of the parent company in 2002. He retired from the company at the end of 2013.

Ayer is a member of the FAA’s Management Advisory Council, and the immediate past chair of the FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee. In addition to Honeywell, he serves on the boards of the University of Washington, the Museum of Flight and the AOPA Foundation.

Ayer holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Washington. Ayer started flying at the age of 15 and has accumulated more than 4,500 hours of flight time.


Joined NBAA Board: 2014
Current Term Expires: 2021
Committee Service: Member, Compensation, Investment & Succession Committee


Additional Information About William Ayer

May 11, 2018 NBAA Congratulates Board Member, Endeavor Award Recipient Bill Ayer
Nov. 18, 2015 Board Elections Take Place at NBAA’s Annual Meeting
Dec. 17, 2014 Aviation Veteran William Ayer Named to NBAA Board of Directors

Last updated Oct. 2018