People in Aviation: March 2007

 - March 9, 2007, 10:09 AM

Tom Appleton retired as president and CEO of Piaggio America, effective January 28. He was replaced by Eric Hinson, a former U.S. Navy pilot and test director who has served in various senior executive roles. Appleton will remain non-executive chairman of Piaggio America and will continue to support parent company Piaggio Aero. Piaggio Aero Industries named Ugo Anatra general manager, Roberto Ciech COO and Giuliano Felten commercial and strategic procurement director. Anatra was most recently the company’s CFO and director of information systems.

Michael Moore has been named v-p of operations and program management at Associated Air Center, a Landmark Aviation company at Dallas Love Field. Moore joined the organization last year as program management leader. He was previously v-p and general manager at Timcom Aviation Services and director of operations for Northwest Airlines.

Dave Tresaloni was named assistant general manager for Wilson Air Center in Charlotte, N.C. He was previously general manager for Southern Jet in Raleigh, N.C.

Lufthansa Technik named Dr. Hans Schmitz senior v-p of VIP and executive jet solutions. He was previously general manager of Ameco Beijing. Bernhard Conrad was named chief technology officer of Lufthansa Technik in addition to his function as head of EASA’s Approved Design Organization. He previously headed the company’s completion center.

Duncan Aviation named Ted Miller manager of the modifications and completion sales group in Michigan; John Biever v-p of aircraft service for the Battle Creek, Mich. facility; Kory Thomas customer service manager for the company’s Michigan operations; and Jerry Cable accessory technical representative.

Ron Soret was named v-p of operations for San Antonio-based Gore Design Completions. He was previously v-p of operations at Associated Air Center.

PrivatAir named Scott Ashton v-p of aircraft sales and acquisitions.

New Berlin, Wis.-based Emteq named Mike Rector director. He was previously v-p of production for Pilatus Business Aircraft.

Russ Chew, COO of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization, will leave the agency at the end of the month. A former American Airlines pilot, he joined the FAA in August 2003.

In addition, the FAA announced the following appointments: Megan Rosia, assistant administrator for government and industry affairs; Melanie Alvord, assistant administrator for communications; and D. Kirk Shaffer, associate administrator for airports. Rosia was previously managing director for government affairs and associate general counsel for Northwest Airlines. Alvord joins the agency from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, where she was assistant staff director for communications and administration.

Gulfstream named Herman Chai and Peter Hoi regional sales vice presidents to represent the company’s business jet offerings to the Asian market. Chai, previously Gulfstream’s director of completion design, will oversee sales in mainland China, Japan and South Korea. Hoi, previously director of engineering and certification for Alliant Techsystems in Fort Worth and a former Gulfstream employee, will be responsible for sales in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and the Philippines. The company also named Sherman Griffith sales director of key accounts for Texas. He was previously senior v-p for the corporate aircraft finance arm of Bank of America leasing.

Margarita “Kuky” Salazar was named v-p of charter sales for Cincinnati-based Executive Jet Management. She was previously charter sales director for a charter operator in Florida. The company has also named Amy Dolezal v-p of charter sales for its new charter service and sales office located in Dallas.

Dena Cunningham has joined ACSS Finance Group as CFO and vice president.

David Horrell was named general manager for Raytheon Aircraft Services’ Houston facility.

Robin Salem was named senior v-p of strategy and business development for AirCell. He was previously senior v-p of business development for Nomadix, a Wi-Fi access gateway and Web content service provider.

John McCoury was named v-p of engineering and chief engineer for ATG. He was most recently director of structures and material at Eclipse Aviation, where he was responsible for the development and certification of the friction-stir welding process used to manufacture the Eclipse 500.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Banyan Air Service named Brian Wilson director of avionics. He was most recently employed by Jet Aviation in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he was responsible for the daily operations of the avionics, engineering and completions departments.

Mario Asselin was promoted to v-p of engineering for San Antonio-based Sino Swearingen Aircraft. He was most recently senior manager of aero-technical and future programs.

Mike Fies retired in January from Dassault Falcon Jet as director of sales for the Asia/Pacific region after 23 years with the company. He will consult on aviation and return to the U.S.

Waukegan, Ill.-based DB Aviation named Carl Robst chief pilot. He holds an ATP license with type ratings in the Learjet and an A&P with an inspector authorization certificate.

Jim Ranghelli joined International Jet Management as executive director of business development.

John “Drew” Bedson was named aviation division chair for Nashua, N.H.-based Daniel Webster College. He was most recently senior vice president of Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

Victorville Aerospace promoted Jim Dodgen to director of program management, Tony Gonzales to director of maintenance and Jeff Keel to manager of planning and production control.

Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR named Ron Dutta a strategic advisor for its activities in India and Peter Chapman as chief commercial officer. Dutta is a former president of United Airlines and Air Sahara.

The Massachusetts Port Authority announced the following personnel appointments: Edward Freni, director of aviation; David Gambone, director of human resources; Danny Theodat Levy, director of strategic marketing and communications; and Thomas Butler, director of external affairs.

Raymond Wilson has joined the board of directors of Innovative Solutions and Support. He is currently an independent aerospace manufacturing consultant.