People in Aviation: February 2010

 - January 29, 2010, 7:17 AM

People in Aviation

Shane Eddy has been named v-p of Sikorsky Global Helicopters. Most recently he served as senior v-p for customer support and services, and chief services officer at Bell Helicopter.

MRO specialist StandardAero has an-nounced several staff changes. Jeff Manion, formerly v-p of sales with Duncan Aviation, has been named v-p for global sales and customer service for the company’s business aviation sector. Chris Bodine has been promoted from acting v-p and general manager to v-p and general manager of its Augusta, Ga. facility, while Les McAfee, previously the service center business office supervisor at Gulfstream’s Dallas facility, has been chosen as regional sales manager for the South Texas area. The Tempe, Ariz.-based company also named Frank Rodgers to the position of director, human resources for Associated Air Center.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics has named Martin McCarthy v-p for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Previously, he was the Lynnwood, Wash.-based component supplier’s v-p for strategy-Europe.

Jeff Cassidy
has been named president and COO of aviation insurer Global Aerospace. He has been serving as COO since 2002.

Esterline CMC Electronics has made several executive appointments. Patrick Champagne, previously v-p for engineering, has been tapped as v-p of the new cockpits and systems integration unit, while Jean-Michel Comtois moves from v-p of military aviation to v-p of marketing and sales. James Palmer was appointed v-p of the new aviation products business unit and will continue to head the company’s commercial services and customer support.

Henry Andrews Jr., formerly senior director of strategic sourcing for Eclipse Aviation, has joined aviation services provider BBA Aviation’s legacy support group as v-p of business development and operational capability. BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul group president Hugh McElroy was also recently named chairman of the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.

Gulfstream Aerospace has promoted Dan O’Malley from general manager of the airframer’s Mexicali, Mexico facility to director of operations for new product development.

FlightSafety International has promoted J. Scott Hunter from director of maintenance training sales-regional airlines to director of maintenance training sales. The New York-based company also announced that Jeffery McPhie, formerly manager of customer support at the company’s Teterboro, N.J. facility, has been named director for customer support. He succeeds Debbie Jones, who was recently promoted to manager of FlightSafety’s Hawker Beechcraft Learning Center in Wichita.

Denmark-based Nordic Aviation Capital announced that company CEO Jan Melgaard has left the firm. He was replaced by his predecessor, Niels Ulsoe.

Maintenance program provider Jet Support Services (JSSI) has hired Phillip Dickerson as director of business development for the Southeast U.S. region. Before this appointment he was vice president senior account manager with GE Capital Solutions.

Michel Abella has been appointed director of programs at Cincinnati-based engine nacelle designer Nexcelle. He was previously a program manager for parent company Aircelle’s operations in Toulouse, France.

Waco, Texas-based Blackhawk Modifications named Darden Hamilton, previously a principal engineer with Arinc Engineering Services, to the newly created position of director of STC programs.

VistaJet announced that Robert Hersov, the former vice chairman of NetJets Europe, has joined the company as chairman of its newly formed advisory board.

The International Aviation Womens Association announced its newly elected board of directors for 2010-2011. Chosen as president was Katherine Staton, partner, Jackson Walker, Dallas, Texas; president-elect is Mylène Scholnick, senior v-p at Greenwich, Conn.-based SkyWorks Capital. She is the next incoming president and will take the position in 2012. Susan Sheets, president of the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA), was named secretary, and Ellyn Slow, senior v-p of NetJets, was chosen as secretary.

Lincoln, Mass.-based Avidyne promoted Peter Ring to the position of Eastern Region North America sales manager. Previously, he served as the avionics provider’s inside sales representative in the Eastern Region.

Albuquerque, N.M.-based Aspen Avionics announced that Angela Anderson, formerly Jeppesen’s strategic business manager, has joined the company as marketing manager.

David McBride has been promoted from acting director to director of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB. He became the facility’s acting director last year, upon the retirement of former director Kevin Petersen.

Uvalde, Texas-based aircraft repair and modification specialist Sierra Industries has named Thomas Canavera as sales manager. Previously he was general manager of San Antonio FBO Lone Star Aero.

XL Insurance announced that Karl Jorda, most recently chief underwriting officer-aviation for Britt Paulk, has joined its New York office as assistant v-p, class underwriter. The company also named Mark Sacco, officer, class underwriter based in its new San Francisco office. Before joining XL he was a vice president in the aviation group at Marsh.

David Mandell, former chief of staff to former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as v-p of membership and business development.    

Final Flights
David Sheehan, 75, died on January 4 at his home in Santa Rosa, N.M. A member of Mobil Oil’s flight department for 31 years, he retired in 1996 as general manager of corporate aviation. He then went on to serve as CEO of Singapore-based charter provider Global Aviation. Sheehan joined the Air Force in 1955 after graduation from college and eventually became an officer in the 50th and 522nd Tactical Fighter Wings, stationed in New Mexico and Germany. A former NBAA treasurer and vice chairman, he was also a past board member of the Flight Safety Foundation.

Dick Friel, 76, senior v-p of marketing for Seattle-based winglet manufacturer Aviation Partners, died on January 14 of cardiac illness. An award-winning advertising executive, he was credited with the successful branding of the company’s blended winglet technology. He and his wife, Sharon, also ran a marketing company and were responsible for raising more than $300 million for charitable organizations. At a memorial service held at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, a missing-man formation was flown in his honor.

Ralph Johnson, 103, a test pilot and aviation pioneer, died on January 12 at his home in Tempe, Ariz. He earned his wings in 1930 as a pilot in the U.S Army Air Corps. After leaving the military, he served as the chief test pilot for United Airlines’ Cheyenne repair base, where he developed the stabilized approach to landing still in use, along with other innovations such as visual approach slope indicator lights, propeller de-icing equipment, scrolling checklists and cockpit crew coordination techniques. He also flew some of the first blind landings using an autopilot, an experimental localizer and a glideslope beam. During WWII he supervised the modifications on thousands of U.S. bombers and flew military transports in the Pacific. After the war he acquired a fleet of surplus aircraft and started a business converting them to firefighting and agricultural use. He was an inaugural member of the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame.

Ted “Zeke” Cederblom, 66, a longtime Aviation Partners employee and a fixture
in the company’s winglet-installation program, died suddenly at his home in Chattaroy, Wash., on December 19. During the Vietnam War, he served as
a crewmember aboard U.S. Army helicopters retrieving downed aircraft. n

USAF Lt. Colonels Jean Havens and Jeannie Leavitt have been named recipients of the National Aeronautic Association’s 2009 Katherine and Marjorie Stinson Award, which recognizes a living woman for an outstanding and enduring contribution, a meritorious flight or a singular technical development in the field of aviation, aeronautics, space or related sciences. An 18-year Air Force veteran and one of only a few female instructor pilots, Havens served as an air advisor helping to rebuild and revitalize the Iraqi Air Force from 2006 through 2009. Leavitt, America’s first female fighter pilot and squadron commander, paved the way for women in military flight.     n