Rick Wielebski has been named general manager of Landmark Aviation’s Boeing Field/King County International Airport location. Wielebski has more than 10 years’ experience in the aviation industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His background includes experience in both general and commercial aviation. Before joining Landmark, he was the general manager for Atlantic Aviation’s Tulsa International Airport location.
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.
Landmark Aviation named Ted Hamilton COO, Patrick McGuiness executive v-p and CFO, Charlotte Cheatham senior v-p of marketing and customer service, Robert Hiegel senior v-p and chief accounting officer and Matt DeLellis senior v-p of strategy and corporate development.
Dr. Lewis “Bernie” Gratzer, the retired vice president of technology at Aviation Partners, passed away on Friday night. Gratzer, already a well respected aerodynamicist, joined Aviation Partners when the company was formed in 1991 to work on a blended winglet for the Gulfstream II. In 1994 he received patent #5,348,253 for his blended winglet design, the lynchpin technology of Aviation Partners’ winglet products. According to Aviation Partners, his winglet design is now flying on more than 6,000 airplanes “and counting.”
Cabin Comfort Systems is expanding its capabilities to include helicopter customizing, refurbishment and maintenance services for third-party operators. In addition to expanding facilities and service centers in Hagerstown, Md., and Philadelphia, it has named Grayson Barrows as the director of marketing and sales for its cabin comfort systems division. “Grayson’s responsibilities will include business development for new helicopter completions, pre-owned aircraft refurbishments and MRO services,” said the company.
Spectrum Aeromed added three engineers. Jerick Hedges will be responsible for design, drafting and structural analysis of manufactured products, and will write the STC approval reports. Hedges was an intern at the company before his recent graduation from North Dakota State University (NDSU). Engineer Craig Hedstrom, also a 2014 NDSU grad with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, will be a mechanical engineering intern. Ryan Rensink has joined the company in the newly created position of quality engineer.
Constant Aviation has named Wade Potter as director of its Birmingham, Ala. maintenance operation. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Potter will continue to be the single point of contact for all customers in Birmingham, providing daily project updates. “Wade joined our organization in 2008 as a maintenance supervisor. From the start, Wade showed true leadership and care for the organization, his team members and our customers.
Legendary aircraft designer Ed Swearingen died on Thursday at age 88, on the eve of the resumption of production of his persistent light jet–the SJ30–by current program owner SyberJet. It was 1986 when he unveiled the small, single-pilot jet powered by a new breed of turbofan engine by Williams International that would propel the airplane swiftly and far, with performance that outstripped most business jets of the era.
A wake will be held tonight for business aviation leader Jim Christiansen, who died on Monday at the age of 67. Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Becker Funeral Home in Westwood, N.J.“Jim was a trusted, passionate and dedicated business aviation professional, who will be remembered as a leader for his tireless efforts to bring our community closer together and move it forward,” noted NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Jim Christiansen, a giant in the business aviation industry, passed away last night at the age of 67. He led several large air charter firms, as well as NetJets, over his nearly 50-year career, most recently serving as vice president of business development at FlightSafety International.