People in Aviation: August 2006

 - September 14, 2006, 7:35 AM

William Voss has been named CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, an appointment that will take effect after current president Stuart Matthews retires on October 1.

Jim Jamieson has been named Boeing senior vice president of engineering, operations and technology.

Adam Aircraft named Chris Naro its new CFO. Naro will focus on raising capital and financial planning.

Embraer named Pedro Ferraz corporate communications director for North America.

Air Wisconsin appointed James Rankin its new CEO, a post held temporarily by vice chairman Pat Thompson.

Randy Nelson joined Raytheon Aircraft as v-p for product support and development.

Pilatus Aircraft’s new CEO is Thomas Bosshard. Oscar Schwenk, former president and CEO, is now chairman of the board of directors. He is taking over from Peter Kuepfer, who stepped down.

Helinet Aviation Services has appointed Aled Miles president and COO.

Doug Schwartz has a new post: vice president of flight operations and standards at TAG Aviation USA.

Don Antonucci has joined the board of directors at Rannoch.

Nandu Madireddi joined Dallas Airmotive as senior v-p of business operations.

Israel Aircraft Industries announced several management appointments. Uri Sinai, general manager of the MLM Division-Systems, Missiles and Space Group; Arie Halsband, general manager of the MBT Space Division-Systems, Missiles and Space Group; Jacob Goldman, director of corporate procurement and logistics; and Baruch Mevorach, deputy vice president and assistant to the president.

At Raisbeck Engineering, Sam Jantzen Jr., formerly v-p for marketing and sales, was promoted to vice president and general manager; Bobby Patton to marketing manager of King Air performance systems; Edwin Black to marketing director of Learjet performance systems; and Leslie Dycus to advertising and public relations manager.

The corporate aircraft division of GE Capital appointed Tony Kioussis v-p for strategic marketing, corporate aircraft.

Milton “Bud” Walker joined Sovereign Bank as vice president of its aviation group.

The American Flying Academy named Pedro Esteva president and CEO. Esteva previously worked at Gulfstream International Airlines as an A&P mechanic.

Russ Lawton has joined the National Air Transportation Association’s Safety 1st program as director of safety and security. Lawton will be responsible for administering the Safety Management System for air charter.

FlightSafety’s Courseware and Compliance Center of Excellence announced several promotions. Bill Gilliland, most recently manager of engineering and design, is now director of research. Jennifer Peppard steps in to Gilliland’s former position. Dan Koen, formerly the assistant general manager of courseware support, has been promoted to general manager of courseware support.

Richard Collins has been named general manager at Landmark Aviation’s West Palm Beach, Fla. FBO. Collins previously held the same position at Landmark’s Rochester, N.Y. FBO. Eric Hermann, previously operations manager at Signature Flight Support in Jacksonville Fla., steps into the g-m position at Rochester. Landmark also named Alphonso James, former manager of the company’s Albany, Ga., FBO, general manager for the company’s Greensboro, N.C. facility. Michael Parrish also joins the company as regional group sales manager for the southeast region, while Greg Haywood joins as the new regional group sales manager for the western U.S. and international territories. Mark Thibault joins the company as regional sales manager for Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia. The company has named Harry Zegarski modifications sales manager for the western U.S.

Manassas, Va.-based Chantilly Air has added five crewmembers. Diego Bustamante, Todd Hollabaugh, Rob Brist, Rob Smith and Scott Paul have joined the charter and management company as pilots.

Kirk Schiebelhut has been appointed general manager of Bombardier’s Wichita Service Center. He succeeds Mick Harrison, who retired.

Marty Russo joined Acrohelipro Global Services as regional sales manager for the southwest. The company also hired Laurent Chanteloup as customer-support manager for the airframe group.

Brian Foley, a veteran director at Dassault Falcon Jet, has formed a new consultancy. Brian Foley Associates will provide management and marketing guidance to companies engaged in aviation, with an emphasis on corporate aviation. He can be reached at (973) 729-6914.

Awards & Honors
Norman Garren
, director of maintenance for Landmark Aviation’s Part 135 certificate, received the FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, named in honor of the mechanic who designed and built the engine for the 1903 Wright Flyer.

The award recognizes maintenance technicians who have 50 documented years of service in the aviation industry working on U.S.-registered aircraft. Garren began his career in June 1956. He has been an employee of Landmark Aviation and its predecessor companies since 1974.

Miles Tischhauser was awarded GAMA’s 2006 Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence” scholarship. Tischhauser plans to become a commercial pilot.

Final Flights
Joseph Seward
, helicopter pilot and one of the founders of what would become the Helicopter Association International, died June 15. Among the many honors Seward received during his life was the Bell Pioneer Award, for which he was the first recipient. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Bob Campbell, a former flight instructor at FlightSafety’s Savannah Gulfstream Learning Center, died on June 9. Campbell’s nearly 35-year career with FlightSafety began at the company’s headquarters at La Guardia Airport in New York. He moved to the Savannah facility in 1973, providing instruction on the Gulfstream I, II, III and V before retiring a few years ago. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Sam Brodie, a member of HAI’s technical and safety committees, died July 4. Brodie also served the organization as chair of the restricted category aircraft committee.

Aviation Seating Solutions Loses Founder
Scott Mumby
, founder and president of Aviation Seating Solutions in Dallas, once told his wife, Angie, in jest that if he died, he wanted everyone in the family to drive a car to the funeral so it would look like he had lots of friends.

Scott died last month of a heart attack at age 41. His advice to Angie wasn’t necessary. The church in Greenville, Texas, was barely large enough to hold everyone as more than 200 family and friends from the aviation community gathered to say farewell.

Mumby had previously worked at McKinney Aerospace in McKinney, Texas, and was interiors manager at Associated Air Center at Dallas Love Field before leaving to start his own aircraft seating company with Angie.

Aviation Seating, said brother-in-law and president of EAS Completions Mike Ward, had a reputation for quality work and was responsible for all the divans in the Boeing 747 owned by Saudi Arabian businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

“Scott also had a great sense of humor,” added Ward. “He was well aware of what the acronym for Aviation Seating Solutions spelled; it gave him a chuckle every time he saw it and every time someone said something about it. What better acronym could you have for a company that does seats?”

Ward said Angie Mumby has taken over management of the company and that Aviation Seating is continuing as before, “delivering on current contracts and working on new ones.”