People

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.

March 5, 2013 - 7:30pm
Brian K. Reid

American Eurocopter chose Heli-Expo ’13 as the venue to announce the appointment of Brian K. Reid as director of support and service sales. As such Reid will oversee and grow the marketing efforts of American Eurocopter’s customer support and service division, which focuses on the aftermarket segment. Reid has a background in helicopter manufacturing, having held positions in business development, sales, marketing and management.

March 5, 2013 - 7:15pm
Brian K. Reid

American Eurocopter chose Heli-Expo ’13 as the venue to announce the appointment of Brian K. Reid as director of support and service sales. As such Reid will oversee and grow the marketing efforts of American Eurocopter’s customer support and service division, which focuses on the aftermarket segment. Reid has a background in helicopter manufacturing, having held positions in business development, sales, marketing and management.

March 5, 2013 - 2:10pm
AS332L Super Puma

Law enforcement helicopters are well represented at Heli-Expo ‘13, and American Eurocopter machines, with several different helicopter models well suited to EMS operations (AS350 B2/B3 and EC130T2, EC135, EC145 and AS332 Super Puma) are easy to spot in the exhibit hall.

March 5, 2013 - 12:20pm

Stan Wilson has been promoted to president of Columbia Helicopters (Booth No. C811). A member of the Columbia team since 1986, Wilson was vice president of finance for the past 13 years. The move has long been planned, according to Columbia. “Our company’s current global economic outlook has finally offered us the opportunity to implement some changes we have been planning for some time,” said former president and CEO Mike Fahey, who will remain as CEO.

March 5, 2013 - 12:15pm
Ed Brown, left, took over as president of Heli-Mart from founder Don Nichols on January 1.Ed Brown, left,

Heli-Mart’s venerable president and founder Don Nichols is stepping down from the company after 40 years. The announcement came March 4, during Heli-Expo ‘13. Heli-Mart (Booth No. C5111), located at the Orange County Airport in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a worldwide helicopter parts distributor and MD Helicopter authorized service center, with a special emphasis on AOG services.

Nichols said, “It’s tough to quit something you’ve been doing well, and happily, for 50 years. I am confident I’ve left Heli-Mart in good hands with Ed Brown.”

March 4, 2013 - 5:15pm
Bell CEO John Garrison

Bell Helicopter is on a mission, to diversify its business model. CEO John Garrison wants to increase the company’s share of revenues from the civil sector, now estimated at 40 percent of its overall 2012 results of $4.2 billion.

March 4, 2013 - 2:35pm

Stan Wilson has been promoted to president of Columbia Helicopters (Booth No. C811). A member of the Columbia team since 1986, Wilson was vice president of finance for the past 13 years. The move has long been planned, according to Columbia. “Our company’s current global economic outlook has finally offered us the opportunity to implement some changes we have been planning for some time,” said former president and CEO Mike Fahey, who will remain as CEO.

February 28, 2013 - 2:52pm

Craig Fuller, president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, announced today that he intends to step down from his position and from the group’s board. According to AOPA, Fuller plans to remain in his current role until a successor is in place. The board will conduct a national search for his successor. Fuller took office Jan. 1, 2009, and is only the fourth president of AOPA since the association’s founding nearly 75 years ago. He will assist with the search for a new president and the transition to a new administration.

February 26, 2013 - 3:40pm

On Thursday, Finmeccanica’s board nominated Daniele Romiti as the new CEO of subsidiary AgustaWestland, replacing Bruno Spagnolini. Romiti, who was promoted from COO, has since been endorsed for the position by AgustaWestland’s own board. Spagnolini and Giuseppe Orsi, CEO of AW parent Finmeccanica, were arrested February 12 as part of an ongoing bribery investigation involving the sale of 12 AW101 VIP helicopters to the government of India.

February 26, 2013 - 3:35pm

Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft announced several promotions of key personnel today. Paul Duff, Jason Eddy and Steve Zinda have been promoted to vice presidents of their respective departments: supply chain; engineering and operations; and sales, marketing and customer service. Kenny Stidham, who joined Quest in April 2005 as the engineering test pilot, has also been promoted to the newly created position of director of flight operations and safety.

 
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