People in Aviation: November 2008

 - November 4, 2008, 9:06 AM

Jet Support Services (JSSI) made some changes to its leadership, naming Joe Hagin, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, its new CEO. The Chicago-based company also selected Kelly Simmons as its COO/CFO. Simmons was most recently president and CFO at software firm GlobalScape.

United Technologies announced that David Hess, president of Hamilton Sundstrand, will succeed Stephen Finger as president of Pratt & Whitney when Finger retires on January 1. Alain Bellemare, now president of Pratt & Whitney Canada and executive v-p for Pratt & Whitney group strategy & development, will succeed Hess as president at Hamilton Sundstrand.

David Olson has been appointed interim CEO of Shadin Avionics, replacing Allan Kramer, who resigned October 8. 

Ed Chevrestt has been named v-p and general manager for Executive Beechcraft. He most recently served as general manager for American Airlines’ maintenance base at Kansas City International Airport.

Canadian corporate aviation services supplier ACASS announced additions to its new U.S. office. Nick Houseman, formerly with Bombardier Aerospace, was named U.S. managing director. Kevin Rodgers, most recently a director of sales with Jet Aviation, has joined the company as v-p for U.S. sales, and George Tsopeis, former director of business development at Camp Systems, is the new director of aircraft services for the U.S.

NBAA has announced promotions in its Washington, D.C. headquarters: Dan Hubbard has been promoted to senior v-p of communications; Maureen Cameron to director of marketing, conventions, seminars and forums; Dina Green to director of registration and seminar exhibits; Joe Hart to senior manager of regional forums static displays; Aimee Kaufman to director of marketing; and Margie Morgan to manager of exhibits. Scott O’Brien and Mark Larsen have been named operations service group project managers.

West Star Aviation has named Dave Krogman general manager of its Grand Junction, Colo. facility. He will replace Rick Brainard, who is now West Star Aviation’s new vice president of sales. The company also added Keith Rash to its sales team as a Texas regional sales manager.

Charter management and aviation services provider FirstFlight appointed industry veteran Gary Hart to the newly created position of COO. It has also selected Terry Moser as v-p of its West Coast division. Most recently, he was director of operations for charter provider Air Rutter International.

Newly formed maintenance and avionics group Crownair has added four executives. Adam Parish is the San Diego-based company’s director of sales; Debi Carlston was named of director of marketing; and Jerry Bishop was tapped as director of certification. David Lohmeyer was named g-m of the company’s San Diego and Carlsbad facilities.

Rick Purcella has been promoted to director of sales and marketing at Jet Works Air Center. The Texas-based MRO specialist also added Michael McClain to its sales team.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Aero Toy Store has named Florian Haffa its director of European sales.

Cessna Aircraft subsidiary CitationShares appointed William Harford as its senior v-p and chief revenue officer. Most recently he was a senior v-p with British Airways.  
Airborne communications provider Aircell named Andrew Geist senior v-p for business aviation solutions.

De-icing specialist Kilfrost has appointed Patrick Strasburger to the newly created role of senior v-p for the Americas. He was most recently president and CEO of Cayman Airways.

Former Lehman Brothers senior aviation planner Robert Lecky has joined New York-based aircraft management provider Arcadia Aviation as manager of dispatch operations.

Ernie Stephens has taken over as editor-in-chief of Rotor and Wing. A veteran of the St. Georges County Md. Police Aviation Unit, he has been a columnist for the magazine since 2003.

StandardAero added Scott Shiells as airframe program director.

Scott Galdi
has joined FlightSafety International as a regional marketing manager.
Universal Avionics Systems has promoted Robert Clare from manager of central region marketing to director of OEM marketing.

Dallas-based aircraft broker and acquisition firm Double D Aircraft Sales added three new employees: Nasser Ayyad, director of sales; John Harris, sales and acquisition specialist; and Londa McCullough, sales/office administrator.

Winfried Beikler has stepped down as director of the aircraft operations of the DRF/German Air Rescue Service. Deputy director Jörg Baudach will succeed him.

Nick Oster has been named manager of material/supply chain for Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based Circor Aerospace–Aerodyne Controls. Oster joined the company last year as purchasing manager.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based CRS Jet Spares has added Kirk Meissner, Ron Holt, Pete Trabucco and Forrest Bullard as new sales representatives.

Jay Randall has been hired as a regional sales manager for the Northeast U.S. by Dallas Airmotive.

Missouri-based Aviation Turbines International has named Jim Higham its Midwest engine and APU sales representative.

PrivateSky Aviation Services in Fort Myers, Fla., announced several changes in its product support staff. Shelby Robinson was named product support manager; Billy Stephens was selected as product support coordinator, while the product support stock room will be run by Brian Marley.

Award & Honors

The National Aeronautic Association awarded former Lockheed Martin chairman Norman Augustine the 2008 Wright Memorial Trophy. The award recognizes Augustine, a National Medal of Technology winner, as a “legendary and inspirational aerospace leader in both industry and government.”

NBAA bestowed the Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation upon out- going AOPA president Phil Boyer in recognition of his 17 years of unswerving dedication to aviation. Among examples cited was his championing the General Aviation Revitalization Act.

The 2008 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell award was given to George A. Saling, former v-p for Altria Corporate Services, in honor of his commitment to excellence and safety in business aviation. With Altria, he implemented corporate flight operational quality assurance programs and developed safety management systems that are now a best practice standard for NBAA.