People In Aviation: May 2005

 - November 2, 2006, 8:08 AM

Greenville, S.C.-based Stevens Aviation named Glenn Brown president and COO. Brown joins Stevens from Rolls-Royce engines, where he was v-p of aftermarket and customer service, corporate and regional aircraft. Brown has more than 27 years of experience in aerospace and aviation management.

Mark Serbenski is the new COO of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northern Air. Serbenski joined the company in 2001 as director of maintenance and was later promoted to v-p of maintenance.

Tucson, Ariz.-based Universal Avionics Systems promoted Donald Berlin to COO and Charles Edmonson to senior corporate vice president. Berlin was previously v-p and general manager of the marketing and product support division. Edmonson was previously executive vice president and started Universal Avionics, along with Hubert Naimer, in 1980.

Rick Penshorn has resigned from his position of president of Associated Air Center, citing personal reasons. Jeff Bosque, v-p of sales and marketing, has been appointed to lead the company on an interim basis.

Robert Ettinger is the new COO of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based FBO Air. Ettinger was also nominated to be vice chairman of the board of directors and will be president of the company’s executive jet management division. He was most recently president of New World Aviation. Ralph Hubbell II took over from Ettinger at New World Aviation, assuming the title of CEO. Hubbell was COO of New World Aviation.

Ken Haley has been promoted to executive v-p of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Commuter Air Technology. He was most recently the service department manager at Cutter Aviation in Phoenix.

Honeywell promoted Peg Billson to v-p and general manager of the airframe systems business and Greg Albert to v-p and general manager of its aircraft landing systems business. Billson succeeds Roger Wolfe, who left the company. Albert succeeds Billson.

Bombardier Aerospace promoted Saul Arceo to director of new aircraft sales for Bombardier Business Aircraft and Jahid Fazal-Karim to senior v-p of new aircraft sales. Arceo, who has held various positions with Bombardier for the past 10 years, will focus on South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Fazal-Karim was most recently v-p of international sales.

Anthony Kioussis was named v-p and head of Jet Aviation’s aircraft sales division in the U.S. He previously worked for British Aerospace, where he served in various management positions.

Boise, Idaho-based Chelton Flight Systems named Randy Shimon v-p of sales. He was previously with Rockwell Collins for 20 years.

Don Gies was hired by Merrill Lynch Capital to head its business aviation finance department. He joins the company from DaimlerChrysler Capital Services, where he was the group leader of aviation finance.

St. Paul, Minn.-based JetChoice named Bradley Boyle v-p of sales and marketing.

Paul McVay joined Manchester, N.H.-based Wiggins Airways as v-p of maintenance and avionics. He was previously maintenance director for PSA Airlines in Philadelphia and held several management positions at Gulfstream Aerospace.

Paul Bollinger was named to the Corporate Angel Network board of directors. Bollinger is president of the Air Traffic Control Association and tournament director for the Greater Washington Aviation Open, a major fundraiser for the Corporate Angel Network.

Women in Corporate Aviation elected the following officers for the 2005-2006 year: Ava Sumpter-Shubat, a Falcon 50EX pilot and A&P technician/IA, president; Karen Proctor, Challenger captain for Caris Air Services, v-p; Gay Williams, GIV and GV captain, treasurer; and Carol Foy, contract King Air 200 copilot, aircraft owner and CFI, secretary.

Bill Garghill is the director of customer service for Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Banyan Air Service. He was most recently a line service manager for Raytheon Aircraft in Tampa, Fla.

Nick Lappos, who was project manager for Sikorsky Aircraft’s unsuccessful VH-92 presidential helicopter bid, joined Gulfstream Aerospace as v-p of government programs.

David Tidwell is the new manager of completions and modifications at Midcoast Aviation.

Seattle-based Galvin Flying Service named Michael Cleary general manager. He was most recently president and CEO of aircraft operations at Western Aircraft. Paul Krog was named director of aircraft services. He was most recently program manager at Bombardier Aerospace Service in Dallas and Denver.

Terry White was named branch manager of the Nashua, N.H. office of NationAir Insurance Agencies. He was most recently the assistant v-p/Canada branch manager.

Denton, Texas-based Business Air named Kay Hatch to the marketing and sales staff. She most recently worked at TXI Aviation in Dallas.

Fairfield, N.J.-based Avantair named Frank Parella director of operations; Thomas Mancuso director of maintenance and Ken Siegel director of human resources. Parella was most recently a line captain for American Eagle. Mancuso was most recently director of maintenance at Mac Dan Aviation.

Joe Spring, previously an avionics installation technician for Duncan Aviation, is now an avionics sales representative for the company.

Awards & Honors

The following four people have been selected to receive the 2005 FAA General Aviation Awards: John Teipen, an aviation teacher at St. Louis Community College, certified flight instructor of the year; Michael Church, chief flight instructor and president of Sunrise Aviation, safety counselor of the year; Michael Branham, maintenance manager for Wal-Mart Aviation, aviation maintenance technician of the year; and Charles Hanner, avionics line team manager at Duncan Aviation, avionics technician of the year. The awards will be presented at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in July.

GAMA named students Scott Winter and Stefanie Gates winners of the 2005 Harold S. Wood Award for Excellence. The award, in honor of Dr. Harold Wood, founder and past executive director of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA), recognizes students enrolled in a NIFA member school, who demonstrate academic excellence while promoting aviation on campus as well as in their community. Winter is a senior majoring in aviation with a minor in aviation weather at the University of Minnesota. Gates is a junior at Purdue University.

Timothy Tucker, chief instructor of the R22/R44 Safety Course at Robinson Helicopter, received HAI’s 2004 Joe Mashman Safety Award, which acknowledges outstanding contributions in the promotion of safety awareness throughout the civil helicopter industry. Tucker has been chief instructor of the safety course since 1982.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame will honor the Whirly Girls with its Milton Caniff Spirit of Flight Award on July 15. The award, in honor of long-time hall of fame supporter Milton Caniff, acknowledges significant contributions to aviation made by a group or organization.

Four people will be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame on June 4. The new inductees are Chris Hadfield, Eric McConachie, the late Alexander Fraser-Harris and the late Kenneth Maclure.

Final Flights

Former HAI president H.C. Pete Brown died on March 16. Brown, of Calicopters in Stockton, Calif., was elected president of HAI in 1965. He spent 13 years with HAI member Petroleum Helicopters, retiring on Jan. 30, 1989.

Stephen McNally, v-p of maintenance at McKinney Aerospace, died March 28 of a heart attack. He was 48. He was previously director of Bombardier Business Aviation Service at Dallas Love Field Airport and was the Challenger program manager at K-C Aviation. He is survived by his wife, Michel, and six children.

North Sea Pilot Passes Notable Milestone

Logging 20,000 hours in flight–the equivalent of 833 days and eight hours–is no small accomplishment in any aircraft. Per Gram, shown here on March 13 in the cockpit of a CHC Helikopter Service AS 332L2 Super Puma, did 13,000 of them in helicopters (including S-61Ns, Bell 212s and Hughes 300s), flown mostly over water. He was on the way to the Ekofisk Hotel platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea when he passed the milestone, but he’s also logged considerable time in military jets and the Lockheed P-3 Orion.

After earning his wings at Williams AFB in 1968, Gram flew for the Norwegian air force until joining Helikopter Service of Stavanger, Norway, in 1976. Among his many non-flying achievements, he served as vice president of the Norwegian Airline Pilots’ Association from 1989 to 1995, as a representative of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association to the JAA and ICAO from 1983 to 1995 and as a member of the Helikopter Service Group board of directors from 1987 to 1997. (CHC Helicopter Corp. of St. John’s Newfoundland completed its acquisition of Helikopter Service in August 1999.)

Helikopter Service honored Gram for “services beyond the call of duty” for rescues in the Bay of Biscay, Spain, in 1991 and the North Sea in 1993. Now the “high man in the world on type” of the Super Puma Mk II, Gram will retire from CHC this July when he turns 60.