Keith Lewis, an employee of Stevens Aviation Donaldson Center in Greenville, S.C., was named the FAA 2004 Avionics Maintenance Technician of the Year for the southern region. The award is given annually for excellence in avionics maintenance and outstanding community contributions at the district, regional and national levels. Lewis joined Stevens Aviation in 1970 and has 37 years of experience as an avionics technician.
Interviews with people of interest in aerospace, including those in industry, government and AIN’s “Bizav Warriors.” Topics include announcements of personnel changes, awards and final departures.
Michael Scheeringa is the new COO of Cleveland-based Flight Options, with responsibilities for the overall operations, maintenance, procurement and customer care for the fractional provider. He was most recently v-p of the Express division at US Airways.
Jean Ross Howard Phelan, a pioneering airplane and helicopter pilot, died early last month at the age of 87. During World War II she helped aviation legend Jackie Cochran run a base for the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). She learned to fly under the Civilian Pilot Training program (which later banned women from its ranks) and, in 1954, became only the eighth woman in the U.S. to get her helicopter rating.
Unilaterally imposed work rules and the FAA reauthorization process are among the issues Pat Forrey, new president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca), plans to address during his first year in office. Forrey took over the association’s reins in September after he defeated two-term incumbent John Carr.
General aviation interests are encouraged by the appointment of Michal Morgan as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) general manager for general aviation. She previously served as the manager of general aviation for the Office of Operations Policy and the director of special operations for the TSA.
Heinz Kohli, who in May 2003 was named CEO of Jet Aviation Group, left the company last month “effective immediately.” In revealing this development, officials of the Zurich-based worldwide business aviation services conglomerate would not comment beyond saying that “differences over the company’s future strategy” led Kohli to resign.
Brian Rowe, former head of GE Aviation, died February 22. He was 75. Rowe joined GE in 1957 and later led the CF6 engine program. He was named head of GE Aviation in 1979. Rowe launched the CF34 turbofan for business and regional jets, the F110 for the F-16 fighter and the CF6-80C2, which powers the Airbus A300/A300-600/A310 series, the Boeing 747-300/400, MD-11 and Lockheed Martin C-5.
Hans Doll was promoted to director of customer and product support for Grob Aerospace. He was previously head of sales for Grob training aircraft. Denzil White was named director of international sales for the Grob training fleet as well as director of special mission aircraft.
President Bush has named Kerry Long, a self-described “aviation enthusiast” with nearly three decades of experience in aviation law, to serve as chief counsel for the FAA.
Executive Jet Management (EJM) announced changes to its management team with three personnel movements. Kaj Wren was hired for the new position of director of charter vendor standards. He was formerly chief pilot for three aviation companies. Ben Murray was promoted to national v-p of charter sales and John Nelson was promoted to v-p of business systems. Murray was previously EJM’s regional v-p of charter services.