Patrick de Castelbajac was named CEO of Avions de Transport Regional (ATR). He was previously head of contract negotiations for Airbus.
James Colleary was named president of Associated Air Center. He was previously COO and replaces Jack Lawless, who left the company.
The Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association appointed Benoit Defforge, managing director of Airbus Corporate Jets, and Renaud Cloatre, international sales director for Dassault Aviation, to its board of directors.
Stan Dixon was promoted to v-p of sustaining and government programs for Gulfstream Aerospace, where he is managing entry-into-service programs, leads the reliability, quality and availability action team and the production change management team and supervises the execution of all government programs. Most recently he was v-p of mid-cabin programs. The company also promoted John Liotta to product support sales director for the U.S. East Coast. He was most recently Gulfstream’s senior regional sales manager for product support sales for New Jersey and Delaware. Arnold Forehand was promoted to general manager of Gulfstream’s component repair facility in Lincoln, Calif. He was most recently senior manager of spare part sales, repair and overhaul sales and aircraft-on-ground expediting.
Peter Olep joined Dart Aerospace as v-p of programs and engineering. Olep joined the company from General Atomics, where he held positions in systems engineering, technical management and program management. The company also named Rick Golob as director of aftermarket support and services.
Arnaud Martin was named vice president of the Comlux Group and board member. He was previously vice president of the Airbus Corporate Jet programs, where he oversaw the development and production of Airbus private aircraft and supervised the cabin outfitting centers.
Air BP appointed Norbert Kamp global sales and marketing director. He was most recently v-p of strategic cooperation, where he led a partnership between BP and General Electric. Kamp replaced Peter O’Callaghan, who retired.
Chris Potter was named executive director of Carmel, Ind.-based Holstein Aviation.
Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial named Morgan Littell v-p of business development. She was most recently the manager of sales and customer relations at Ametek B&S Aircraft.
John Young was named director of safety for Executive AirShare. Young previously held a variety of roles for Evergreen International Airlines.
NBAA named Robert Searles managing editor for its communications team. Searles, who has worked for NBAA since 1989 as a freelance editor, writer and consultant, is overseeing the day-to-day production of editorial content for the association’s communication channels as well as its member magazine, Business Aviation Insider.
Robert Lawson joined Grand Junction, Colo.-based West Star Aviation as Hawker technical and sales support representative. He worked for Hawker Beechcraft for 25 years, most recently as a Hawker field service representative.
FlightSafety International promoted Patrick Coulter to director of business development for commercial training. He joined the company in 1998 and was most recently manager of the Toronto and Tokyo learning centers. The company also named Suren Meras assistant manager of the Toronto learning center. He succeeded Tansneem Hashmi, who has been named Toronto center manager. Meras has been with FlightSafety since 2007 and most recently was director for training at Toronto.
Helivia Aero Taxi named Gabriela Teixeira da Silva Ribeiro technical manager. She was previously maintenance manager for Senior Taxi Aereo, where she led and implemented improvements in routine maintenance planning and programming.
Paul White was promoted to general manager of Bell Helicopter’s new Lafayette aircraft assembly facility. He also serves as manager of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X program.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based CRS Jet Spares promoted Nelson Leal to sales manager. He has been a member of the CRS sales team for eight years.
Jodi Jaraczewski joined Spirit Aeronautics as director of sales and marketing. He was previously director of sales and marketing for Executive Air.
Fargo, N.D.-based Spectrum Aeromed added Jerick Hedges, Craig Hedstrom and Ryan Rensink to its team as engineers. Hedges is responsible for design, drafting and structural analysis of manufactured products and will write STC approval reports. Hedges and Hedstrom are 2014 graduates of North Dakota State University. Rensink, who is serving as quality engineer, graduated from North Dakota State University last year.
Grayson Barrows joined Mecaer Aviation Group’s cabin comfort systems division as director of marketing and sales. He previously worked in marketing and business development for Evergreen Helicopters, Texas Aviation Services and Aviation Search Group.
Rich Newton joined Axiom Aviation as ASA senior appraiser. He recently retired from Chase Bank.
Steve Pitts was promoted to general manager at Parker Aerospace’s Stratoflex Products division. Pitts joined Parker in 2012 as the business unit leader for the military OEM and aftermarket segments in the control systems division.
Trevor King was named GM of Landmark Aviation at London Luton Airport. He was previously business development director for Inflite Jet Centre.
Kevin Ducksbury was named general manager of On Air Dining. He joined the company from Air Partner.
Joseph Avery joined Fort Lauderdale-based Basta Holdings as v-p of operations.
Paul Arends joined Greenpoint Technologies, a Zodiac Aerospace company. Arenda was previously employed by Boeing, where he worked in the company’s operations support center and as an airline support engineer.
Craig Foster was named president of the Southern California Aviation Association.
Tempus Aircraft Sales and Service named Andrew Wilson Pilatus sales director for southern California. Wilson began his career as manager and chief pilot of a Pilatus PC-12 based in the Texas Hill Country and later worked as a commercial loan officer for a San Diego bank.
Jonathan Gardner joined Boulder, Colo.-based Cerretani Aviation Group as director of aircraft sales and acquisitions.
William Crosby joined the board of directors of Columbia Helicopter. He recently retired after a 35-year career in the U.S. Army, where he was most recently program executive officer for Army Aviation.
Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, named Craig Harris regional sales manager. He previously served in sales and marketing with Greenwich AeroGroup’s Matrix Aviation in Wichita.
Rod Kucheran joined the business development team for Cadorath Aerospace and Meridian Helicopters.
Awards and Honors
Bob Johansen was honored with the FAA’s Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award, which recognizes pilots who have conducted more than 50 years of safe flight operations. Johansen is the slot pilot for Geico Skytypers, flying the vintage World War II SNJ2 trainer in low-altitude, close-formation demonstrations at airshows around the U.S. He flew the Grumman S-2 Tracker anti-submarine aircraft for the U.S. Navy and flew for TWA as a commercial pilot for 33 years.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association awarded two $2,000 scholarships to students who have demonstrated excellence in pursuing aviation studies. Cara Baldwin of Morgantown High School in Morgantown, W.Va., won the Edward W. Stimpson Aviation Excellence Award, which is given to a graduating high school senior who will be enrolled in an aviation degree core program in college. Baldwin will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The award is named for Ed Stimpson, a founder and former president of GAMA. Alex Kwiatkowski, a student at Lewis University, won the Dr. Harold S. Wood Award for Excellence, which is given to a college student who is a National Intercollegiate Flying Association flight team member. Wood was the founder and past executive director of NIFA.
Aviation pioneers Buzz Aldrin, Bob Hoover, Clay Lacy and Frank Robinson were inducted into the California Aviation Hall of Fame. Aldrin is a NASA astronaut and member of the Apollo 11 crew, which made the first successful lunar landing. Hoover was a World War II fighter pilot, air race competitor and show performer. Lacy is one of the highest-time pilots in the world, a former air race competitor and operator of one of the first private jet charter businesses in the U.S. Frank Robinson is founder and designer of Robinson Helicopters.