People in Aviation: December 2006

 - December 11, 2006, 8:56 AM

The Nordam Group’s board of directors has voted to extend Ken Lackey’s term as chairman and CEO through 2008. He has assumed the additional responsibilities of COO of the manufacturing divisions. John Uczekaj, Nordam’s president and COO, has left the company to pursue other interests. Bill Peacher, Nordam’s CFO, will also serve as COO of the Nordam Repair Group. Tray Siegfried was named v-p of business and general aviation markets and strategic resources.

Tim St. Germain was named v-p of operations at Innotech Aviation’s interior completion center in Montreal. He was most recently director of completions for Berletex, a Montreal engineering firm. The company also promoted Heather Simpson to sales manager for the northeastern U.S. She was previously avionics estimator for the company.

Landmark Aviation named Michael Moore its new vice president of program management at Associated Air Center. He previously worked at Timco Aviation Services as v-p and general manager.

William “Bill” Whitton was promoted to v-p of Gulfstream’s designated certification office. He was most recently director of aircraft system engineering.

David Davis was named senior v-p and general manager of the business aircraft division of CIT Aerospace.

David Balloff was named v-p for external relations for the U.S. for Embraer.

Yoel Arnoni was appointed president of APPH Group North America, managing Arnoni Aviation Services in Houston and Airight in Wichita. Arnoni will continue serving as president of Arnoni Aviation Services.

FlightSafety International promoted Ralph Hicks to center manager for the company’s Daleville and Dothan, Ala. learning centers. Hicks, who was previously assistant manager of the centers, replaced Britt Hoskins, who has retired from the company. FlightSafety also announced the promotion of Gerry McRae to director of project management. McRae was most recently manager of the Toronto learning center.

Berwyn, Pa.-based JetDirect Aviation named Richard Ropp v-p of sales and marketing for the central region. He was previously director of sales and marketing at JetDirect’s wholly owned subsidiary JetCorp.

Philippe Couteaux was promoted to v-p of aero engines at Turbomeca. He succeeds Yves Mazoyer, who has been appointed to a new role in the Safran Group.

Tom Berghan was named site leader for the Redmond, Wash. location of Crane Aerospace & Electronics.

Joseph Warren was named business development strategist for the aircraft charter and management divisions of Business Jet Access based at Love Field in Dallas.

Monaco Air Duluth named Paul Mattfield director of maintenance and facilities. He was previously maintenance manager at Northwest Airlines.

Sacramento, Calif.-based Axis Jet named Jay Share to its aircraft sales division. Share is an American Airlines pilot on the Boeing 757 and 767.

Lisa Peacock has joined the sales team of Baseops/World Fuel Services.

Aviation Maintenance and Technical Support has announced the following personnel appointments: Ken Eisenmeyer, CFO; Kevin Malutinok, general manager; Bill Case, manager of technical services and support; Bob Shibe, Hawker program manager; and Rick Warren, Hawker team leader.

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Flight Display Systems named Ron Hainsworth regional sales manager; Tom Adams as quality manager; and Scott Neighbors as warehouse manager. Hainsworth, previously a product specialist for Universal Avionics, will open a Wichita office for Flight Display Systems.

Allen Cable joined Sharp Details as site manager for the company’s White Plains, N.Y. and Oxford-Waterbury, Conn. operations.

The GAMA board of directors elected John Grisik chairman and Alan Klapmeier vice chairman. Grisik is executive v-p for operational excellence and technology at Goodrich. Klapmeier is chairman and CEO of Cirrus Design. The board also appointed the following committee chairs: Alain Bellemare, product liability and legal issues; Jack Pelton, flight operations policy; John Rosanvallon, security issues; Adrienne Stevens, communications; Mark Van Tine, international affairs; Larry Williams, safety affairs and training; and Robert Wilson, technical policy.

Dan Odlum was named service manager of Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft. He was previously the company’s avionics manager from 1998 to 2003.

Ashleigh de la Torre will join NBAA this month as director of legislative affairs. She was previously director of the Airport Legislative Alliance for the Airports Council International-North America.

Awards & Honors

Al Passell was posthumously inducted into the National Association of Flight Instructors Hall of Fame in October. Passell worked out of Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio, as an FAA designated examiner. Passell died in October last year.

Innovative Solutions & Support was named to Deloitte’s greater Philadelphia Technology Fast 50 Companies list. The honorees are determined by percentages of revenue growth for five years in the areas of media, telecommunications, technology and life sciences.

The following people will be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame next year: Craig Dobbin, founder of CHC, posthumously; Fred Hutchins; post-war Royal Canadian Air Force historian, posthumously; and Stanley Deluce, founder of Canadian regional airlines White River Air and Air Ontario. The hall of fame will also honor the Canadian Business Aviation Association with its Belt of Orion Award of Excellence for its sustained, ongoing commitment and dedication to the development of business and corporate aviation in Canada.

Final Flights

Alan Conklin, co-founder of aviation research and consulting firm Conklin & de Decker, died on November 3. He was 86. Conklin’s career included stints as an instructor pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corps.; parts manager for Robinson Aircraft at Teterboro Airport; pilot in the Air Force; Cessna distributor; King Air salesman for Atlantic Aviation; Falcon salesman for AiResearch; and national sales manager for Pan Am Business Jets. While at Pan Am Business Jets, Conklin met Bill de Decker, who talked of creating a set of operating costs and performance values for Falcons. This collaboration became known as the Aircraft Cost Evaluator. Conklin and de Decker formed their company in 1989. They co-authored a book titled Aircraft Acquisition Planning, which was the forerunner of the annual two-day seminar. Conklin was formerly a member of the NBAA operations committee. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Martha, and his daughter, Chris.

Don Baldwin Sr., a former NBAA board member, died on November 3. He was 88. Baldwin was formerly head of Texaco’s flight department. During his tenure on NBAA’s board, Baldwin was an outspoken advocate for the need for standardized data on operation costs of business aircraft and for realistic operating range information. He spearheaded efforts that resulted in the NBAA cost and range formats. He helped establish a program to measure aircraft noise, the results of which were published in NBAA’s “Recommended Noise Abatement Procedures.” Baldwin was also a driving force in connection with development of aircraft security measures in the 1970s. His son, Don, has held many positions in NBAA, including that of president, and followed his father into a career as a corporate pilot with Texaco and Coca-Cola.