People in Aviation: December 2004
Executive Jet Management has reorganized its management staff with the following appointments: Robert Mayo, formerly senior v-p for client transition, was promoted to senior v-p of operations; Glenna Edwards, formerly a vice president for client relations, was named v-p of owner standards; and Larry Lee, formerly director of the company’s shuttle operation, was named assistant director of operations.
In addition, Ty Dubay is the new director of the company’s flight operations center. Jason Tarkowski joined Executive Jet Management as v-p of charter sales for the Midwest and South-central regions. Fred Robinson and Pete Djordjevic were named assistant chief pilots.
Eclipse Aviation announced three executive promotions at the Albuquerque, N.M. company. Dr. Oliver Masefield and Don Burtis were appointed senior vice presidents and senior fellows. Masefield was senior v-p of engineering. Burtis previously led Eclipse’s avionics and electronics organization. Ken Harness was promoted to v-p of engineering. He was previously director of propulsion systems in the engineering organization.
Horst Bergmann, former president and CEO of Jeppesen, joined Englewood, Colo.-based Aviation Technology Group as executive vice chairman. In addition to maintaining a leadership role on the board of directors, Bergmann is overseeing marketing, sales, risk-management, legal and human resources.
White Plains, N.Y.-based Skyport Exclusive Private Travel named Hugh Regan CEO. Regan was previously COO, North America for PrivatAir.
FirstFlight Management, an aircraft charter and management services company at Elmira Corning Regional Airport in Elmira, N.Y., opened an office at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. Michael Moore, Toni Drummond and Omar Diaz will lead the Teterboro office.
Louis Seno is the new v-p of aircraft programs at Danbury, Conn.-based GE Commercial Finance, Corporate Aircraft. He was previously senior director of business aircraft for Boeing Capital.
David Deitch was named v-p of sales for Jet Aviation’s aircraft management and flight support division in North America. Jet Aviation also hired two new sales professionals for the London Biggin Hill and Singapore locations.
Andy Whelan is the new sales manager for the Biggin Hill location. Allen DeCruz is the new sales and marketing director at Jet Aviation Singapore. Jim Hanna was named maintenance director at the Singapore location.
Ian Longstreth was appointed v-p of sales and marketing for Messier Services America in Sterling, Va. He was previously the sales and marketing director for Messier Services UK in Gloucester, England.
Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Voyager Jet Center named Karl Foerster v-p and director of operations. Foerster was previously the firm’s chief pilot.
PrivatAir announced the promotion of two of its sales executives. Charlene Brett, previously a sales executive, was named manager of inside sales.
Steve Vedeskas, previously PrivatAir’s U.S. operations manager, was promoted to manager of aircraft logistics.
Michael Potts and John David Agema were hired as pilots at Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northern Jet Management. Potts was previously a pilot at the El Dorado Hotel and Casino. Agema was previously a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
Houston-based Waste Management promoted Randy Judd to the position of aviation manager. He replaces Bill Ramsey, who retired after 40 years in aviation. Judd was most recently chief pilot for the company’s corporate flight department.
Williamsport, Pa.-based Lycoming Engines named Todd Stoner vice president of sales and marketing. Stoner joined Lycoming after a seven-year sales and marketing stint
at Aventis Pharmaceuticals. Mike Everhart was promoted to director of distribution and channel management. Dennis Racine was promoted to director of marketing and customer leadership. He previously held the position of marketing manager.
Las Vegas-based ACSS and L-3 Communications and Thales named Denise Millard v-p of sales and customer services. Millard’s previous experience includes serving as director of marketing and strategy for Thales Avionics regional and business aircraft division and director of sales for the Americas in the same Thales division.
Michael Brasier is the new executive general manager at Mercury Air Centers’ Los Angeles International Airport facility. He was most recently general manager of the Burbank, Calif. location and also served as an area general manager.
TAG Aviation USA announced the opening of a new regional office at New Jersey Teterboro Airport. The office will provide support services for the personal air travel needs of TAG Aviation’s corporate aviation clients in the greater New York and northern New Jersey areas. Richard Fera is the manager of the Teterboro location.
Kim Day was named executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the city department that operates Los Angeles International Airport as well as three other airports. Day has served as interim director since December last year, following the resignation of Lydia Kennard.
Samantha Teagarden Butero was promoted to Western region sales manager at Boise, Idaho-based Chelton Flight Systems.
Tony Russo is the new manager of Duncan Aviation avionics installations and repair satellite shops in Van Nuys and Burbank, Calif.
FlightSafety International promoted Scott Fera to v-p of worldwide sales. He was previously managing director of worldwide sales. Jim Lonas was named director of training of the London/Farnborough Learning Center, which is slated to open in the first quarter of next year.
Lonas was most recently a management analyst of aircrew training for an international operator. Jim Dolle was promoted to center manager for the Savannah Learning Center. He served as the center’s assistant manager for the past four years.
Chris Pugnetti was named new program manager at Hurst, Texas-based Heli-Dyne Systems. He was most recently maintenance manager at American Eurocopter.
The new officers for the Philadelphia chapter of AHS International are Curtis Walz, president; Stephen Showalter, vice president of dinner meetings; Amy Bailey, v-p of technical lunches; Walter Gutshe, secretary; Robert Seminole, treasurer; Doug Weems, membership; Patricia Stevens, deputy membership; Chris Johnson, publicity; Lesley Northrop, Lichten Competition; Paul Smith, student affairs; Andrew Hawkins, past president; and directors Bruce Crockett, Indra Bhattacharya, Walter Crowe, Luigi Ricci-Moretti and James Dryfoos.
Oxford, Mich.-based Triax Partners announced that Chad Winings joined the company to specialize in aircraft brokerage and acquisition.
Maureen Woods was named to the position of senior director of air traffic services for Annapolis, Md.-based Arinc. She was most recently manager of the FAA’s Airway Facilities Division for the Great Lakes Region.
Pamela Stevens joined Aurora, Colo.-based Avtrak as a compliance specialist. She was a member of the Learjet CIMMS maintenance tracking team.
Tampa International Jet Center announced the addition of Mike Zimpel and Melanie Stolarik to the staff. Zimpel will lead the line service staff and Stolarik will be on the customer service staff.
Tim Magnus is the new director of sales and marketing of technical services for Montreal-based Innotech Aviation.
Annapolis, Md.-based Avpro named Brian Elmer to its sales team. He joins the company from Bell Aviation.
Toennies von Limburg was promoted to director of international aircraft sales for Banc of America Leasing’s corporate aircraft finance division.
The National Aeronautic Association named David Ivey as its new president and CEO. Ivey replaces Donald Koranda.
Ivey previously served as president of the International Parking Institute, an association that provides technical and educational services to the transportation and parking industries.
Shimon Eckhaus was named executive corporate v-p for marketing and business development for Israel Aircraft Industries.
Waterford, Mich.-based Pentastar Aviation promoted Richard Barley to executive chef. Barley joined Pentastar in 1996 as a sous chef and was promoted to chef de cuisine last year.
Awards and Honors
The British Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators awarded the Hugh Gordon-Burge Trophy to the pilots of a DHL A300B4 that was struck by a surface-to-air missile soon after takeoff from Baghdad Airport late last year. The crew, captain Eric Gennotte, first officer Steve Michielsen and flight engineer Mario Rofail, landed the freighter safely despite loss of the aircraft’s primary flight controls.
NBAA presented its Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation to Stuart Matthews and its John (“Jack”) P. Doswell Award to Allan Lane at the association’s annual meeting and convention in October. Matthews is president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation. Lane is a former NBAA chairman and retired aviation manager and chief pilot for BP Amoco.
Moshe Keret, president and CEO of Israel Aircraft Industries, received a lifetime achievement award in the field of export from the Israeli prime minister’s office. The award was presented in recognition and appreciation of his contributions to Israel’s exports, his achievements as a businessman and his role as a leading industrial exporter.