People in Aviation: April 2005

 - February 1, 2007, 4:35 AM

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Flight Display Systems named Tom Austin Jr. president. He joined the company from Cutter Aviation, where he was v-p of aircraft services.

Mineral Wells, Texas-based Meggitt/S-Tec named Michael McMillan president of the company. McMillan was a founding v-p of Piaggio America and had a 21-year career with Raytheon Aircraft.

Mark Vastola joined Nashville, Tenn.-based fractional provider FractionAir as executive v-p of sales and marketing.

San Antonio-based M7 Aerospace named Phil Fletcher v-p of aerostructures manufacturing. He has held executive positions with Raytheon Aircraft, Rohr Industries, Mitsubishi Aircraft International and General Dynamics. The company also named Stephen Penley chief financial officer.

Grapevine, Texas-based Leading Edge Aviation Solutions named Brent Monroe vice president of the company and John McCormick v-p of business development. Monroe was previously sales director for Bombardier Flexjet. McCormick, who will lead the company’s new Chicago office, was previously national v-p of sales at Executive Jet Management. opened a regional office in Rome, N.Y. The office is being led by account executive Christine Blair, who also spearheads the company’s Web site aircraft exchange component.

Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft named Philip Winters v-p of aircraft sales and William Clarey regional director of aircraft sales. An eight-year Western Aircraft employee, Winters was previously regional sales director for California and Nevada. Clarey was previously regional sales director for the company’s entire Beechcraft territory.

Andreas Meisel has been selected to head the aircraft overhaul and VIP jet services department of Lufthansa Technik. Meisel succeeds Wolfgang Gohde, who took over as managing director of Lufthansa Systems.

Ed Stimpson was recently elected chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors. Other additions to the board were Steven Atkins, v-p of product integrity and technical excellence for Boeing Commercial Airplanes; and Ed Bolen, president and CEO of NBAA.

Eric Hill is the new general manager of Million Air Long Beach. He was most recently director of line services for OK3 Air in Heber City, Utah, and manager of the company’s Ogden, Utah, FBO.

Englewood, Colo.-based Adam Aircraft named Gen. Wesley Clark to its board of directors. Clark retired from the U.S. Army in 2000 with the rank of four-star general. He is a former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe and was commander of NATO’s Operation Allied Force, which saved 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.

Stevens Aviation has named Dave Grup a Cessna Citation technical sales representative. He joined Stevens from Cessna, where he was most recently supervisor of service and engine sales at the company’s Citation Service Center in Orlando, Fla.

Louisville, Ky.-based named Jeffrey LoParo executive v-p of media sales. He was an aircraft broker and research analyst for a Dallas-based aircraft sales organization.

Jet Support Services (JSSI) named Marjorie DeLong marketing services director. She was marketing communications manager for L-3 Communications Avionics Systems.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Executive AirShare promoted Rodney Goering to director of flight operations. He was director of flight operations and chief pilot at the company’s location at Mid-Continent Airport.

Tim Annis joined Portland, Maine-based Northeast Air as assistant avionics manager. He was most recently avionics installation manager for West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo.

Julian Crouch was named operations director at Inflite Jet Center at London Stansted Airport. He was previously quality manager for FlightLine at Southend Airport and cargo planning manager for Antonov Airlines/AirFoyle HeavyLift.

Duncan Aviation named Chris Gress accessory service sales and customer service manager. Gress was most recently sales and marketing representative and propeller technical representative for the accessories, propellers and components group. The company also promoted Randy Wilson to program manager of completions and modifications.

FlightSafety International promoted Russ Axtell to assistant manager for the company’s Raytheon Learning Center in Wichita. Axtell succeeded Tom Booth, who was promoted last year to manager of the company’s Columbus Center in Ohio. Julie Goodridge was promoted to assistant manager for FlightSafety’s West Palm Beach Learning Center.

Malcolm Cox was appointed managing director of Fly BN. Cox joined the company from FLS Aerospace, where he held various engineering and operational support positions.

Norwell, Mass.-based Sentient Jet named John Bax CFO. He was most recently v-p
of planning and analysis at Wal-Mart. The company, a provider of private jet membership, has also formed an independent safety advisory board that will bring together a coalition of aviation industry experts focused on enhancing Sentient’s safety practices and standards. Board members include Jane Garvey, former FAA Administrator; Larry Hecht, chief pilot for Flightworks; Andrew Richmond, president of TWC Aviation; and Greg Philips, a former lead investigator for the NTSB.

Gregory Bowles was named manager of engineering and maintenance for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Bowles joined GAMA from Keystone Helicopter, where he was responsible for certification and validation program planning for aircraft modifications.

Larry Batchelor joined Gilbert, Ariz.-based Extex to lead the newly formed general aviation unit. He was previously employed by Dallas Airmotive for 25 years.

Andrew Goldman joined CRS JetSpares as a sales representative.

Midcoast Aviation named David Tidwell manager of completions and modifications. Tidwell most recently served in a similar capacity for a Bombardier service facility.

NetJets Europe named Jonathan Breeze commercial director and Jitte Boutens field manager of the fractional company.

The board of directors of Alenia Aeronautica appointed Giorgio Zappa chairman, Giorgio Brazzelli deputy chairman, Giovanni Bertolone CEO and Antonio Perfetti COO.

J. Philip Jordan, executive v-p of Business Air at Denton Municipal Airport, is the new treasurer of the National Aircraft Resale Association.

Englewood, Colo.-based Aviation Technology Group named Simon Maina regional sales manager of the central region of the U.S. and Canada.

Mike Anderson of Boeing Naval Systems was named v-p and deputy program director of the Bell Boeing V-22 Joint Program Office. He was most recently the Boeing F/A-18E/F program manager, responsible for technical, cost and schedule performance on the Super Hornet program.

Jamail Larkins, an aviation business student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, was named an FAA ambassador for aviation space and education. Larkins will promote aviation and aerospace career opportunities to youth across the country. He will also represent the FAA’s aviation and space education division at aviation events this year.

Dr. Kristin Casey joined New York-based consultant company TRC as vice president of administration. She will work directly with the company’s Web-based application AirCraftValuator (, which monitors, tracks and reports the value of business jets in real time.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Banyan Air Service promoted Lynn Juengel to technical services manager. She was manager of the maintenance division.

Gerald Shaw has been named director of operations for Addison Jet Management.

Flightcraft promoted Chris Brown to line service manager at its location at Portland International Airport. Brown will be responsible for ramp and customer service at the facility.

Herb Schutt, v-p of operations at Pittsburgh-based CJ Systems Aviation Group, has retired. A 20-year veteran of the company, he was the driving force behind many of the company’s policies governing flight operations and safety.

Ignacio Nunez Ruiz has rejoined the Sabreliner-Midcoast service and sales team. He was previously regional manager of technical service sales in Mexico.

Awards & Honors

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University space physicist James Wanliss has received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award. The award recognizes and supports the early-career development activities of teacher-scholars who are likely to become academic leaders. Wanliss, an assistant professor of physics at the university, will receive $410,606 during the next five years to develop local predictions on the effects on the Earth of the magnetic storms that originate from explosions on the sun.

The Robert J. Collier Trophy was awarded to the SpaceShipOne team “for the greatest achievement in aviation in America.” SpaceShipOne went into space for the first time last June 21. Last fall, the craft made a pair of return trips to space within a week of each other to earn the $10 million Ansari X Prize. The citation specifically mentions Burt Rutan, founder of Scaled Composites, which designed and built SpaceShipOne; Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who paid for the project; pilots
Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie; and mission control director Doug Shane.

Virgil Williams, retired aviation director of pharmaceutical company Upjohn, received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the FAA for having a perfect flying record for the past 54 years. Williams has never been in an accident or cited by the FAA for safety violations. A former NBAA board member, Williams is manager of the Plainwell Municipal Airport in Michigan.

The University of Nebraska presented the William F. Shea Award for Distinguished Contributions to Aviation to Jack Olcott “in recognition of extraordinary contributions in the field of air transportation.”

Avitat Westchester honored three of its staff members with employee of the year awards for 2004. Terry Delorenzo from accounting, line supervisor Charlie Assalty and customer service representative Jackie Perser were each awarded a cruise for two to Bermuda.

The FAA recognized Stevens Aviation employees Tim Kunkle and Charles Jamison as maintenance technician of the year and avionics technician of the year, respectively.

Final Flights

Len Morgan, retired Braniff 747 captain, aviation historian and author, died  at the age of 82 on March 11 at his home in Florida after a valiant fight with cancer. His wife of 61 years, Margaret, daughter Kathy and granddaughter Morgan were at his bedside when he passed. Morgan wrote and collected many aviation books (he had one of the few privately held, complete sets of Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft dating back to the first edition), but he will likely be best remembered for his Vectors column in Flying Magazine, in which he wrote about his flying experiences in an ever non-boastful and engaging way that appealed to a wide audience. When he retired in 1982, his column evolved into reminiscences about his military and airline flying, and observations about how the latter was changing. Morgan’s son Terry, a captain with USAir, helped to keep his father up to speed on how the career of airline pilot was evolving. Two words are almost invariably spoken of the man by those who knew Len–“a gentleman.”

Harold Botsford Jr., a veteran corporate pilot, was killed in a light airplane crash on takeoff from Greenwood Lake Airport, West Milford, N.J. on February 27. He was 79.
Botsford spent more than three decades in corporate aviation. After serving as a demo pilot in the early days of Learjet, he managed the flight operations for the chief executive of a New York City department-store chain, where he flew both a Cessna 310 and a Learjet. He later flew for Sentry Insurance of Stevens Point, Wis., and American Cyanamid of Teterboro, N.J. In between he formed a flight operation for the government of Liberia with a fleet of piston-powered singles and twins and a Falcon 20 in which he transported the country’s top officials.

After retiring from corporate aviation Botsford continued flying in the role of a flight instructor on piston-powered light airplanes and amphibians.

AIN Strengthens Advertising Sales Staff

AIN veteran John McCarthy has been named publisher of Business Jet Traveler, and Nancy O’Brien has joined AIN as advertising sales representative for the Western U.S.

“Reorganizing and realigning our sales force will enable us to continue to develop our newest magazine, Business Jet Traveler, while improving our customer focus with an in-territory representative for the Western states,” AIN publisher Perry Bradley said. “AIN’s hallmarks are editorial excellence and incomparable customer service, and Nancy’s expertise makes her a natural fit with our organization.”

“John played a key role in launching BJT,” AIN managing director Wilson Leach said. “As publisher, he will broaden his day-to-day responsibility for our newest publication, enabling us to continue to build on the significant momentum of this unique publication.”

Over the next several months, McCarthy and O’Brien will work closely on an orderly transfer of accounts in the Western territory. O’Brien will operate from an office in Redding, Calif. She is representing all AIN publications, including the monthly magazine, Convention News, Business Jet Traveler, international airshow editions, and online offerings including AINonline and AINalerts. O’Brien most recently was publisher of Aviation Maintenance magazine.

Business Jet Traveler was launched in late 2003 as a complement to AIN. The publication, which is written specifically for the end-users of business aircraft, offers a unique editorial package related to the acquisition and use of business aircraft. McCarthy played a central role in the launch, managing circulation development and marketing efforts in addition to his advertising sales responsibility.

McCarthy will continue to be involved in the full family of AIN publications by assuming responsibility for advertising sales in the Southeastern U.S. beginning later this year. That shift will enable Anthony Romano to focus on the Northeastern U.S. and MidAtlantic states. Melissa Murphy continues to represent AIN in the Central states, while Bradley is responsible for the upper Midwest and international sales along with Daniel Solnica, AIN’s Paris-based representative.