People in Aviation: October 2005

 - October 24, 2006, 11:14 AM

John Hall is the new president of Indianapolis-based Premier Jet Aviation. He was previously senior v-p of sales and marketing for CitationShares and was a founding member of the Cessna CitationJet division.

Eric Bachelet was named president and CEO of CFM International, the joint Snecma and General Electric company. Bachelet joined Snecma in 1971 and has held various positions with the Safran Group.

Lilian Brayle was named managing director of Turbomeca Australasia. She succeeds John Williamson, who has taken on other responsibilities within Turbomeca. Pierre Fabre was named executive v-p of Turbomeca. He replaces Henri Sala, who was moved to a different position within parent company Safran.

Edward Smith was named senior v-p of international affairs for GAMA.

Memphis-based Aerospace Products International named Jean-Marie (Jim) Pogu senior v-p of marketing and sales. He was most recently director of sales and marketing for Honeywell’s Hardware Products Group.

Mineral Wells, Texas-based Meggitt/S-Tec promoted Kyle Farley to v-p of operations and hired Trevor Palmeri as v-p of programs and support. Farley was previously the company’s director of manufacturing. Palmeri joined the company from Bell Helicopter, where he was program director for the CV-22 program.

George “Buzz” Rabatin was promoted to v-p of sales for Englewood, Colo.-based Aviation Sales. He was previously aircraft sales manager for the southern region. The company also named two new people o its Denver office. Matthew Rule was appointed to the aircraft sales division. e joined the company from Piper Aircraft in Vero Beach, Fla., where he managed fleet sales accounts. Rebecca Lorber was named director of marketing. She was previously director of business development for Epps Aviation in Atlanta.

Tim Jors was named electronics group vice president of supply chain for Lynwood, Wash.-based Crane Aerospace & Electronics.  The company also named Gregg Herman aerospace group director of customer service.

Raytheon Aircraft named Steve Porte v-p of international support and Dave Jacobson v-p of North American service center programs. Porte was previously director of global support. Jacobson has held various positions with Raytheon Aircraft.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based The X Prize Foundation named Michael Kelly v-p of the foundation. Kelly will be responsible for all engineering, safety and operational activities associated with the annual X Prize Cup and Spaceflight Expo, a partnership of the X Prize Foundation of New Mexico. He joined the foundation from Northrop Grumman/Xon Tech.

Marc Taylor is the new sales director of the aerospace coatings business unit of Sherwin-Williams.

Denmark-based Cimber Aviation Maintenance named Gavin Allen line maintenance manager.

Greg Sutliff is the first individual pilot to become a major sponsor of the Be A Pilot program. The Harrisburg, Pa.-based owner of Sutliff Auto Group has backed the aviation community’s cooperative public outreach and marketing program with a $500,000 sponsorship for this year. Sutliff flies a TBM 700 for business and personal travel.

Jude Zimmerman joined Elliott Aviation as interior manager. He was previously interior and cabinet shop manager at Raytheon Aircraft Services in Houston.

Zsasha Diaz joined Citigroup Corporate Aviation as a flight control specialist.

Issy Boim has teamed with TranSecur, which is providing international intelligence infrastructure needed for international risk assessment. Boim has also formed BigSecurity, which will provide online intelligence information, travel and flight briefs, executive protection and aircraft security services. He was founder and president of Air Security International. Boim can be reached at (713) 553-7609 or via e-mail at

Dallas Airmotive named Joe Talarico as northeast regional engine manager for Rolls-Royce Spey and Tay engine products as well as Honeywell 36-series APUs.

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Schubach Aviation named Kimberly Skinner charter sales coordinator. Erin Holmes joined the company as charter/sales operations representative.

Brad Chandler joined the aircraft sales team at Kansas City Aviation Center.

John McErlean has joined Wing Aviation as a flight coordinator/scheduler for the company’s new Hobby Airport location.

Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated named Chris Haas director of parts sales for the organization. Frank Klaus, CEO and member of the board of directors, retired from the company on September 30. Brian Rowe, chairman of the board and an industry veteran, will lead the company on an interim basis as CEO.

Woody McClendon joined Swift Aviation Group to oversee aircraft sales.

Stevens Aviation promoted Rich Morgan to director of modifications and completions.

Skip Wood is the new chief pilot at Englewood, Colo.-based Mayo Aviation. Wood, who has been with the company for two years, had a 24-year career as a naval aviator.

Awards & Honors

NBAA has selected Edward Stimpson as the recipient of the 2005 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation and Ronald Guerra as the recipient of the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award. Stimpson was formerly U.S. ambassador to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization and president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. He is currently chairman of the board of governors of the Flight Safety Foundation. Guerra is president of KaiserAir and was an NBAA board member from 1967 to 1976.

Carl Vogt, Flight Safety Foundation member and former chairman, was selected to receive the National Aeronautic Association Elder Statesman Award. The award is given annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation. A former chairman of the NTSB, Vogt has served on various Flight Safety task forces, in several FAA advisory committees and was a member of the White House Commission on aviation safety and security.

Final Flights

Roy “Butch” Voris, the founder and original flight leader of the Blue Angels precision flying team, died in August. He was 86. A retired Navy captain, Voris was an ace in World War II.

John Gauger, retired chief pilot and aviation manager for Mobil Oil, died August 27 at home. He was 67. A veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, Gauger was certified in fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; one son; two daughters; one brother; one sister; and three grandchildren.

Jack Real: 1915-2005

Jack Real, personal aviation advisor to Howard Hughes, died on September 6 of heart failure. He was 90.

Real, a native of Baraga, Mich., graduated from what is now Michigan Technological University in 1937 and subsequently worked for Lockheed Martin in various capacities. It was at Lockheed where Real and Hughes met and developed a lifelong friendship based on their love of aviation.

During his tenure at Lockheed, Real helped design, develop and test the B-14 Hudson bomber and the Cheyenne helicopter, worked on projects at Southern Nevada’s mysterious Area 51 and served as flight engineer for the first flight of the C-130 Hercules.

Real later headed Hughes Helicopters  in the late 1970s. Among Real’s accomplishments as president of Hughes Helicopters was overseeing the development of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. In 1983, under Real’s leadership, Hughes Helicopters received the Collier Trophy, America’s highest aviation honor. The division was eventually sold to McDonnell Douglas and Real became its president and CEO. He retired from McDonnell Douglas in 1987.

In 2003, Real published a book, The Asylum of Howard Hughes, which detailed his 20-year friendship with Hughes. The book included accounts of how some of Hughes’ aides allegedly manipulated him to gain control of his financial empire. Real also related accounts of a 1976 flight that transported Hughes from Mexico to a Houston hospital for treatment. Hughes died on that flight, with Real by his side.

Real was instrumental in relocating the Hughes Hercules flying boat (aka the Spruce Goose) to the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Ore. At the time of his death, Real was chairman emeritus of the museum.