People in Aviation: March 2012

 - April 3, 2012, 1:55 AM

General Dynamics has promoted Phebe Novakovic, the head of its marine unit, to the newly created positions of president and COO.

Cessna has made several changes to its sales leadership team. Kriya Shortt was promoted to v-p of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa, while Bill Harris has been named v-p of sales for Asia and Asia Pacific. Tim White, most recently Cessna’s v-p of sales for the Americas, has joined Bombardier as regional v-p of sales for the western U.S. region. He replaces Scott Westfell, who will return to his previous role of sales director for the western U.S. White’s wife, Dianne, also left her job as v-p of corporate communications at Cessna, a position she had held since last October.

Gulfstream has named Trevor Esling, Cessna’s former senior v-p of international sales for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, as regional senior v-p for international sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Savannah airframer also promoted Matthew Sandidge from business development specialist in international sales to senior regional sales manager for international sales in Russia, and named Steven Meng the regional sales manager for product support sales in Southern California. Previously he was a senior internal sales manager for product support sales at the company’s Long Beach facility.

Tulsa, Okla.-based systems manufacturer and repair specialist Nordam has promoted Basil Barimo from v-p and general manager for the firm’s Tulsa-based repair division to executive v-p for all the company’s repair facilities. John Clawson, previously general manager of Nordam’s thrust reverser division, was named v-p and general manager of the group.

Supersonic private aircraft developer Aerion has promoted Doug Nichols from chief financial officer to chief operating officer.

Jet Aviation has announced numerous changes to its worldwide staff. George Kythreotis, formerly the company’s v-p of human resources, has been appointed v-p and general manager of its Jet Professionals staffing subsidiary, while David Vaughan was promoted to v-p of Jet Aviation’s national sales and key client accounts. He will be supported by newly appointed national sales directors Craig Foster, most recently a regional and national sales director for staffing subsidiary Jet Professionals, and Rich Ropp. The company also appointed former FAA all-weather operations program manager and aviation safety inspector Bill Thomas to chief pilot in its aircraft management and charter division for the Americas. Overseas, Gary Dolski, previously v-p of product support for MD Helicopters, was named v-p and general manager of the company’s MRO and FBO facility in Singapore, He replaces Philippe Crevier, who resigned from the position. Micha Miketta, previously Jet Aviation Dusseldorf’s product manager for Embraer aircraft, and Peter Davidse, most recently strategic accounts director for Honeywell’s airport business unit, were named MRO sales directors in Dusseldorf and Zurich, respectively.

Gulf of Mexico helicopter operator RLC announced that CEO Dru Milke will take on the additional title of company president. He succeeds Rodger Bagwell, who is retiring.

Phoenix-based aircraft sales company Sojourn Aviation has hired Mike Guillemot, most recently a Hawker regional sales manager with Hawker Beechcraft, as a partner.

Aircraft services provider Stevens Aviation has appointed Paul Witt to the position of general manager of its Donaldson Center operations facility. Previously he was a Citation service center manager with Cessna.

Dr. Warren Silberman, formerly chief of the FAA’s AeroMedical certification division, has joined aviation medical services provider Harvey Watt as medical director.

Dallas-based aircraft services provider Business Jet Access has named Jeff Curry managing director. Previously he served as Pratt & Whitney’s business unit manager at its Grand Prairie, Texas facility.

California MRO provider AeroWorx has named Ken Curry, previously president and owner of KC Aviation Consultants, its new v-p and general manager.

Greenwich AeroGroup subsidiary Professional Aircraft Accessories has hired Wayne Trzeciak as v-p of supply chain. He served most recently as manager of spares support for Honda Aircraft.

Cleveland-based aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace has named Drew Thwaits director of sales for the Northeast U.S. region. Most recently he was chief pilot at Switchback Argentina.

Blair Descourouez, most recently a regional sales manager with King Aerospace, has joined Denton, Texas-based MRO provider Jet Works Air Center in the same role.

FlightSafety International announced that Bob Reding, most recently executive v-p of operations for American Airlines parent AMR, has joined the company as senior advisor to the CEO.

Aircraft brokerage Freestream Aircraft USA has appointed Debi Costantino charter travel coordinator. Previously she was a senior executive assistant at real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.

George Euler, most recently West Star Aviation’s technical sales manager for paint and interiors, has joined aircraft brokerage Cerretani Aviation Group as director of aircraft sales and acquisitions.

Texas-based Gore Design Completions has made two additions to its engineering and production teams. Mike Slattery, previously v-p of interior completions and certification at Western Aircraft, was named director of production while Eric Wildhagen, most recently Pemco World Air Services’ director of engineering, was tapped as director of engineering and certification.

A J Walter Aviation has named Clive Richardson regional sales director. Before this appointment, he headed ADAT’s global engine management and technical sales in Abu Dhabi.

Kevin Worthington has joined engine repair and overhaul specialist Dallas Airmotive as a regional engine manager. Previously he was a Pratt & Whitney Canada engine services specialist with Duncan Aviation.

Awards and Honors

Former Cessna executive the late Dwane Wallace will be enshrined in the Kansas Business Hall of Fame in a June 12 ceremony. The nephew of company founder Clyde Cessna, Wallace earned an aeronautical engineering degree and joined the aircraft maker as general manager in 1934 at the age of 23. He went on to lead the company for more than 40 years until his retirement in 1975. A founder and the first chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Wallace passed away in 1989 at the age of 78.

Final Flights

Peter Otto, 71, Bombardier’s former European business aircraft sales director, died on February 12 at his home in Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria. He began his aviation career by serving 12 years in the German Air Force as an instructor pilot for jet and turboprop aircraft. Following his military service, he obtained an engineering degree in 1973 and then assumed several key positions in the German industrial sector and in the aviation industry, acquiring valuable experience in international aircraft sales, maintenance and completions. He joined Bombardier Aerospace at the company’s office in Bonn, Germany, in 1986 and was responsible for both business and commercial aircraft sales in the country. Otto retired from the company in 2004.

Thomas Marlow, 70, a past chairman of the Helicopter Association International (HAI) and longtime member of its board of directors, died on February 3 of pulmonary fibrosis. Over the course of his career he managed helicopter operations in many segments of the industry, including petroleum support, air taxi, heavy lift and agricultural. A staunch proponent of the use of helicopters, he served as an expert advisor on many government panels. Marlow began his aviation career with Sikorsky marketing the S-54 Skycrane. He then moved to the operator side, spending several years with Erickson Air-Crane and Evergreen Helicopters. He concluded his aviation career as vice president of marketing with ERA Aviation, during which time he served six years on the HAI Board. He was elected chairman in 1995.

UK aerospace engineer (John) Roy Ewans died on January 22 at age 94. From 1967 to 1982 he worked for Fairchild Hiller on the FH-228 regional jet and helicopter rotor research, and was chief project engineer on the Saab-Fairchild 340 twin-turboprop regional airliner. Earlier, he had been chief aerodynamicist on the Avro Vulcan B.2 nuclear bomber and had worked on the Model 748 twin-turboprop feeder-liner.