People in Aviation: January 2006

 - September 28, 2006, 5:44 AM

Candy Johnson was promoted to COO of Englewood, Colo.-based Mayo Aviation. Johnson joined Mayo Aviation in 1998 and most recently was human resources manager.

Embraer Executive Jets named Colin Steven v-p for marketing and sales. He was previously regional v-p for Swift Aviation Group.

Todd Curtis joined Northbrook, Ill.-based Docherty Aviation, an aircraft consulting and brokerage firm. Curtis was previously business development, product and marketing manager at Honeywell, where he created new EGPWS safety systems for business aircraft and helicopters.

Neil McGilchrist joined law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel. He was previously a partner and chairman of Beaumont & Son aviation law firm.

FlightSafety International announced the following promotions: Derek Maeer to v-p of simulation; Al Ramsey to center manager of the Seattle/Tacoma Learning Center; Anthony Graham to manager of the Houston Learning Center; and Ralph Lintelman to manager of the La Guardia Learning Center.

Washington, D.C.-based Welsch Aviation named Joseph Lopinto to its aircraft sales acquisition team.

First Flight Management has announced four personnel appointments. Stephen Meyer joined the company to assist with aircraft acquisitions and sales. Toni Drummond was named head of charter sales operations in Teterboro, N.J. Mike Moore was promoted to v-p of aviation sales. Bo Ceder was named international scheduler.

Jack Pelton, chairman, president and CEO of Cessna, was elected chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Pelton previously served as GAMA’s vice chairman and will continue to serve as chairman of the association’s flight operations policy committee. John Grisik, president of electronic systems at Goodrich, was elected vice chairman. Other GAMA appointments include: Alain Bellemare, president of Pratt & Whitney Canada, chairman of the product liability committee; Larry Williams, CEO, president and COO of Ballistic Recovery Systems, chairman of the safety affairs committee; and Robert Wilson, president of business and general aviation at Honeywell, chairman of the technical policy committee.

John Willis III has formed Aviation Management Solutions to focus on the business needs of aviation and service providers, including FBO management, strategic planning, interim business management, personnel recruitment, acquisitions and divestitures and aircraft evaluation support services. Willis was most recently president of Raytheon Aircraft Services Mexico and regional v-p for Raytheon Aircraft Services Tampa, Fla. Willis can be reached at (813) 949-9391 or via e-mail

Waukegan, Ill.-based DB Aviation named Edward Martinkus director of maintenance. He joins the company from Snap-On.

Dr. George Ebbs stepped down as president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Ebbs joined the university in 1998 after working as CEO of an aerospace consulting firm in Park City, Utah. Dr. John Johnson, the university provost, has assumed the role of interim president.

Derrick David was named senior graphic designer for Midcoast Aviation. He will work with customers to design and execute paint schemes for new aircraft and refurbishment projects.

NASA named Lisa Porter associate administrator for its aeronautics mission directorate. She was most recently the NASA administrator’s senior adviser for aeronautics.

Netherlands-based Denim Air promoted Carst Lindeboom to manager of operational planning and control. He was previously sales and marketing manager.

Alexandria, Va.-based Flight Explorer named Shawn Mechelke v-p of operations. He previously worked as a dispatcher, supervisor and manager in the flight operations division at ATA Airlines.

Anaheim, Calif.-based Interstate Electronics named Steve Opel senior program manager of the company’s Air Force-related programs.

Jet Support Services (JSSI) named Douglas Taylor western region sales manager and John de Havilland the regional sales representative for the UK and the Middle East. Taylor was director of maintenance for Jet Source. De Havilland was previously employed by Sloane Aviation, Strategic Jet Services and British Aerospace.

Arlene Nielsen was named charter services manager for Executive Jet Management’s office at San Jose International Airport. She was most recently director of charter sales at ACM Aviation in San Jose.

Marcus Bryson was named chief executive of GKN Aerospace and will join the company’s executive committee.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Banyan Air Service promoted Shawn Mack to director of training. He was previously supervisor of line service.

Gareth Rees was named general manager of Denmark-based Cimber Aviation Group. He most recently worked with Maersk Air during the takeover by Sterling Airlines.

Richard Spaulding joined Republic Financial’s aviation and portfolio group as senior director of aviation sales and leasing.

Lynnwood, Wash.-based Crane Aerospace & Electronics named Dan Marsh v-p of electronic manufacturing solutions and microelectronics solutions.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University named Martin Smith chancellor of its extended campus. The extended campus encompasses more than 200 off-site locations of the university as well as the online/distance learning courses. Smith had been serving as interim chancellor of the extended campus since May.

Cambridge-based European Business Jets named Peter Quigley as director of operations.

Greenville, S.C.-based SATSair promoted Gary Wood to assistant chief pilot.

Paul Cummings was promoted to avionics manager of the Duncan Aviation avionics team in Battle Creek, Mich. He was assistant manager of Duncan’s avionics shop.

Ryan Mifsud was promoted to general manager at Cleveland-based Aero-Instruments. He was previously manager of operations and marketing. David Genovese joined the company as chief engineer. He was previously chief engineer with SMR Technologies and B/E Aerospace.

Executive Fliteways promoted Ari Sarmento to director of business operations and Mike Hughes was promoted to director of training. Sarmento was previously director of training. Hughes was previously Hawker program manager and systems ground instructor.

NBAA named Connie Penne v-p of membership marketing. She was most recently director of member data and strategic services with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).