People in Aviation: January 2004
Peter Wright Jr. was promoted to vice chairman of West Chester, Pa.-based Keystone Helicopter. A Keystone employee for 35 years, Wright was appointed secretary/treasurer in 1970, vice president in 1973 and president in 1985. Wright was also honored with the company’s Helicopter Leadership Award last month.
FlightSafety International promoted Tom Mahoney to vice president of government relations. Mahoney was manager of the Teterboro Learning Center and was responsible for the company’s worldwide Dassault training programs. He replaced Al Gleske, who retired after 26 years of service.
National Express promoted Charles Seliga to president and COO for Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y. Seliga had been the airport’s managing director since April 2000.
Indianapolis-based Rolls-Royce named Steven Dwyer as COO. He succeeds Richard Lewis II, who is retiring.
Bill Colligan is the new president of Washington, D.C.-based CSSI Inc. Colligan will also continue in his role as COO.
Craig Fahning is the new vice president of sales and marketing for McKinney, Texas-based McKinney Aerospace.
Executive Jet Management named Peter Kiernan as v-p of aircraft charter sales for the Northeast. He joined the company from Jet Aviation, where he was sales manager for the eastern region.
Lynwood, Wash.-based Crane Aerospace and Electronics named Rick Jones senior vice president of operations. He was v-p of business development and strategy for the aerospace group of Crane Aerospace and Electronics. Also at Crane, Kevin Wright was named v-p of strategic new ventures. Wright was v-p of the aerospace group of SITA.
Skip Madsen is v-p of operations for service and support for Raytheon Aircraft Services. Madsen was formerly president and COO at Wichita-based Executive Aircraft.
Paoli, Pa.-based Ametek promoted John Hardin to v-p and general manager of Ametek’s aerospace division. He was v-p and general manager of the company’s Dixson division.
Steven Daniels joined Simplex Manufacturing as v-p of sales and marketing. He was previously president of Enstrom Helicopters.
Caron Casteel was promoted to general manager of maintenance and avionics at Portland, Maine-based Northeast Air. He was the avionics manager.
Camarillo, Calif.-based Sun Air Jets named Jennifer Van Winkle as director of charter sales. Van Winkle joined the company from Petersen Aviation, where she was charter sales manager.
Steve Leidigh rejoined Piedmont Hawthorne as the new general manager for the company’s Ocala, Fla. FBO. He was previously general manager of the company’s Winston-Salem, N.C. facility.
Beth Van Emburgh joined the National Air Transportation Association as manager of government and industry affairs. Van Emburgh, who joined the association from the Aerospace Industries Association, is focusing on airport security and environmental issues.
Opa-Locka, Fla.-based Safire Aircraft named John Cunneen director of engineering. He previously held various program and management positions at EDS/PLM Solutions in Earth City, Mo.
St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M Aerospace’s aircraft maintenance division announced the following personnel appointments: Dan Machacek, sales and marketing director; Larry Ptasienski, MRO market segment manager; Rich Bushman, OEM segment manager; Jeff Lonergan, military market segment manager; Cristina Rosenfeld-Bless, international planning and development manager; and Karen Cleveland, marketing communications administrator.
Greg Marshall joined Oakland, Calif.-based KaiserAir as general manager of maintenance. He was most recently director of manufacturing and engineering at Lam Research.
Hobart Tomlinson joined the flight department of South Burlington, Vt.-based Heritage Flight as a charter captain. He will continue his role as an FAA-designated flight examiner, a position he has held for the past 27 years.
Houston, Texas-based Wing Aviation named Randy Gross maintenance manager, with responsibilities for overseeing maintenance department operations, hangar, shops, equipment and training and coordinating work in progress.
Douglas Leis and Scott Cheairs joined Moline, Ill.-based Elliott Aviation as regional sales managers. Leis, who was director of sales and marketing at IEC In-Flight Systems and sales and marketing manager with Airshow, is covering the Midwest region of the U.S. Cheairs, who was an aircraft charter account executive with Piedmont Hawthorne in Dallas, is covering the Southwest region.
Ventris Gibson was named assistant administrator for human resources management for the FAA. Gibson is heading the office responsible for personnel, workforce planning, recruitment, placement, professional development and performance-based compensation systems. Gibson joined the FAA from
the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she was deputy assistant secretary for human resources management.
John Dendekker is the new avionics installation manager at West Chicago, Ill.-based J.A. Air Center.
Four people will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame at special ceremonies on July 17. The Class of 2004 includes William Anders, former Apollo astronaut and nuclear energy expert; Patty Wagstaff, three-time U.S. national aerobatic champion; the late Harriet Quimby, America’s first officially licensed female pilot; and the late Jack Ridley, pioneering flight-test engineer and pilot.