People in Aviation: April 2003

 - January 28, 2008, 9:38 AM

Terrance Kelley has announced his resignation as president and COO of U.S. operations for Jet Aviation to pursue other opportunities. Theo Staub, v-p of strategic planning and business development at Jet Aviation’s European headquarters in Zurich, was named interim CEO until a permanent replacement can be found.

Bill Koch was named president and COO of Dallas-based SevenBar Enterprises, an aviation services company. Koch most recently served as president of Sutherland Companies, an aviation-related investment and advisory firm, and previously served as president of AMR Combs.

Wayne, Pa.-based Triumph Group named Richard Reed as president of its Frisby Aerospace subsidiary. Frisby designs, manufactures and repairs hydraulic and hydromechanical aircraft components and systems. Reed joined Frisby in August 2000 as director of aftermarket services.

Thomas Grunbeck
was named vice president of sales and marketing for White Plains, N.Y.-based Safe Flight Instrument Corp. His experience includes v-p and group director for Barnes Aerospace; director of business development and a business unit leader for Goodrich; director of business development for Gulfstream Aerospace Technologies; and an aerodynamic engineer for Grumman.

Jeff Dunbar is the new v-p of sales at Flight Options. Dunbar was previously the regional sales director for Raytheon Aircraft, where he specialized in the sale of Beechjet 400As and Hawker 800XPs.

Signature Flight Support announced several personnel appointments and promotions. John “Cy” Farmer is the new v-p of operations for Signature Flight Support. He was promoted from regional v-p of the company’s southeastern region. Doug Crowther was named regional v-p for the eastern region. He was v-p of operations. John Hagel joined Signature as regional v-p for the western region. He was v-p of operations at Raytheon Aircraft Services. David Vaughan was promoted to v-p of sales and marketing. He was regional v-p for the western region. Iver Retrum was promoted to national sales manager. He joined the company in May 2001 as manager of client services at the Denver-Arapahoe location. Kristin Kirschbaum was promoted to national sales manager. She previously served as the general manger of the Anchorage, Alaska location and has also served as the director of customer service.

Raytheon Aircraft named two vice presidents to lead the sales efforts of the Hawker
and Beechcraft divisions. Mike Langston was promoted to v-p of worldwide Hawker sales. He was domestic vice president for U.S. and Canada jet sales. Don Dwyer was promoted to v-p of worldwide Beechcraft sales. He was v-p of international sales for Beechcraft and Hawker products.

Columbus, Ohio-based AirNet Systems named Larry Glasscock as senior vice president of express services. He was most recently v-p of Evercom Systems.

Grapevine, Texas-based International Turbine Service named Michael McCauley v-p of business development and marketing. McCauley was previously employed by Dallas Airmotive as director of engine programs and customer service for the Millville, N.J. turbine engine facility.

Michael Hoveskeland
was promoted to v-p of administration for Cessna. His responsibilities include Citation, Caravan and single-engine customer contracts, Caravan and single-engine aircraft deliveries and flight crew and maintenance training. He was most recently director of Caravan administration.

Serge Saby
was named vice president of Messier Bugatti’s equipment division and chairman of the board of the Snecma equipment subsidiaries Technofan and Sofrance.

Bell Helicopter promoted Elaine Vaught to executive director of aircraft systems design engineering, with responsibilities for all processes associated with design and integration of airframe, propulsion, mechanical and avionics systems for commercial and military helicopters and tiltrotors. She was most recently director of avionics systems.

Jens Hennig
is the new manager of operations at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, with responsibilities for safety, statistical research and analysis and assisting in airport and operational issues.

Nashville Jet announced staff additions and promotions. Haylee Waddey was promoted to general manager. She was previously the company’s director of sales and marketing. Enrique “Henry” Marquez joined the company’s maintenance staff from Executive Air Services in Scottsdale, Ariz. Michele Montgomery is the new marketing and sales manager, with responsibilities for scheduling and dispatching, sales and customer service.

Ezra Roizen joined Aircraft Technical Publishers as v-p of business development. Roizen founded Strategyfx, a boutique strategy consulting company, and co-founded Montclare Technologies, an e-business solution provider.

FlightSafety Boeing Training International named John Albrecht as v-p of sales and business development. He was previously director of new business ventures for Boeing commercial airplanes.

Tony Koprivnik was named Learjet program manager for Midcoast Aviation. He is directing the activities of the new Learjet team assembled by Midcoast at its Perryville, Mo. facility. Koprivnik joined the company from BizJet, where he was manager for Learjet and Challenger programs.

Houston-based Wing Aviation named two new managers. Les Berkheiser is the new chief inspector. Alan Ayles assumed the role of parts manager in the purchasing division. Berkheiser previously worked for Shell Oil as its chief inspector of aircraft maintenance and avionics. Ayles worked in the purchasing division for First Wave Newpark Shipbuilding.

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based The Company Jet hired Stephanie Skorik as manager of business development, with responsibilities for sales activity in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas of Wisconsin. She joined the company from Strong Capital Management, where she was v-p of business development. The Company Jet is a new fractional jet ownership company.

Bob “Herbie” Kane was recently named regional sales manager for the western U.S. for Dassault Falcon. Kane replaced Paul Floreck, who was promoted to regional sales manager for New Jersey, Long Island and the New York City metro area. Floreck was a sales manager for the western U.S.

Chesterfield, Mo.-based Aviation Material and Technical Support (Avmats) named Jerry Bryant as its Hawker technical sales manager, with responsibilities for coordinating the Hawker outside sales program.

CitationShares named Mark Stear sales manager for the east central region, covering Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. Stear was area sales manager for Cessna’s Citation CJ and Bravo in the east central region.

Don Roulett
joined Goodyear as global marketing manager for aviation tires. He replaced Jim Pickering, who retired. Roulett joined Goodyear after 13 years with Honeywell/AlliedSignal Aircraft Landing Systems, where he was program/business manager for Boeing and Airbus OEM projects and deputy general director of a Honeywell joint venture with the Russian Federation.

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Jet Source promoted Scott Hall as director of sales and marketing. He was an avionics sales representative.

Craig Zirzow
is the new charter sales manager at Woodland Aviation of Davis, Calif., a Beechcraft dealer.

Allyn “Al” Kinnamon joined San Antonio-based Pyka Aerospace as director of sales and marketing. He was most recently manager of dealer/Gulfstream accounts with EMS Technologies in Ottawa, Canada. Bob Thornborough joined the company as manager of field service. He was manager of field service with Cessna in San Antonio.

The Nordam Group formed a new advisory board of directors that includes Ray Siegfried, founder, majority shareholder, chairman and CEO; Milann Siegfried; Robin Siegfried, president emeritus; Ken Lackey, newly appointed CEO and president; Leonard Eaton, president of World Travel Services and retired chairman and CEO of Bank of Oklahoma; Brian Barents, former CEO of Learjet and Galaxy Aerospace; Richard Emery, former CEO of Kimberly-Clark subsidiary K-C Aviation; and Jack Schofield, retired chairman of Airbus Industrie of North America and former president of United Technologies International.

Awards and Honors

The FAA honored several of Garrett Aviation’s maintenance facilities for dedication to aviation safety based on support for employee development through technical training. Garrett’s Springfield, Ill. facility has participated for 10 years, earning
its eighth consecutive diamond award, and was also honored with the FAA’s gold foil aviation maintenance technician employer’s diamond award certificate of excellence, 20 bronze awards, 39 silvers, 62 golds and 73 rubys. The Omaha, Neb. facility received its third straight diamond award for technician training. Another diamond honor was awarded to Garrett’s Long Island, N.Y. location.

The 17 aviation pioneers who will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame next month are Frank Cepollina, a 40-year NASA scientist who developed a computerized robotic arm used for repairing troubled orbiters; George Carruthers, developer of the camera carried aboard the 1972 Apollo 16 lunar mission, which studied the Earth’s atmosphere; the late Glenn Curtiss, hydroplane inventor; Maxime Faget, designer of the Mercury and Apollo space capsules; LeRoy Grumman, inventor of retractable landing gear and the folding wing; Charles Kaman, inventor of rotor control for helicopters; the late Paul Kollsman, altimeter inventor; the late Edwin Link, inventor of flight simulators; the late Thomas Midgley Jr. who revolutionized fuel and invented freon; John Northrop, designer of more than 48 types of aircraft, including the flying wing design of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber; the late John Pierce, inventor of the traveling wave tube, an amplifier that makes satellite communication possible; Harold Rosen, who developed technology that enabled lightweight satellites to spin continuously above fixed spots on the Earth; the late Theodore von Karman, who developed technology that paved the way for supersonic jets, rockets and guided missiles; the late Hans J.P. von Ohain, who was the first to design and build operational jet aircraft; Richard Whitcomb, who invented streamlining techniques that enabled aircraft to exceed Mach 1; the late Frank Whittle, who laid the groundwork for the first jet engine; and Sam Williams, who developed a low-cost engine for cruise missiles.

Floyd Mathews of Stevens Aviation received two FAA awards for excellence: the 2003 southern regional maintenance technician of the year and the 2003 South Carolina district maintenance technician of the year. Mathews has been a Stevens employee for 35 years. 

Final Flight

Sir George Edwards, designer of the Vickers Viscount (the world’s first turbine-powered airliner) and the 1959 winner of the Guggenheim Medal for Aeronautics, has died. He was 94. The Guggenheim citation described him as “one of the world’s foremost aircraft designers and administrators–an architect of the age of flight.” Edwards ranked alongside Sydney Camm of Hawker Aircraft and Geoffrey de Havilland, who all received knighthoods for their work.

As chief designer and chief engineer at Vickers Aviation–later part of the British Aircraft Corp. (BAC) and then British Aerospace–Edwards was involved in the development of the Vickers Valiant (Britain’s first nuclear-equipped V-bomber), the Vickers 1000 jetliner (scrapped by the UK government in 1955), Vickers Vanguard turboprop and the VC10/Super VC10 jetliners in the 1960s. Previously he had overseen Vickers’ experimental workshops during World War II, including work on the Wellington bomber and later the Viking piston-twin airliner.

Under the auspices of BAC, of which he was managing director from 1963 and subsequently chairman until 1975, Edwards was at the helm when the One-Eleven twinjet airliner and TSR.2 nuclear bomber were developed. He was an architect of European collaboration through involvement with the Anglo-French Concorde SST and Jaguar fighter-bomber, and the Anglo-German-Italian Panavia Tornado variable-
geometry strike aircraft.