A retired Air Force flier has been named to head the state's tiny Aeronautics Division, which employs 10 people to operate and maintain state-owned planes.

The division is under the auspices of the Utah Department of Transportation.Robert P. Barrett, a former director of F-16 flight test operations at Hill Air Force Base, was appointed March 13. He is a 25-year veteran of the Air Force and a former aviation executive in Utah's private sector. Most recently, Barrett spent five years as director of corporate transportation for Novell Inc. in Provo and from 1984-1989 served as vice president and co-founder for Dayna Communications in Salt Lake City.

The Aeronautics Division flies three aircraft used generally for travel by the governor and other state executives. It also maintains and houses airplanes flown by the Highway Patrol and the state's Natural Resources Department. It also offers planning services for rural airports and is responsible for disbursing state aviation-tax revenues.