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.

February 26, 2014 - 11:32pm

Bell Helicopter (Booth No. 4536) CEO John Garrison said there was never any doubt what the company really planned to call its new light single.

“There’s so much brand equity in the Jet Ranger. It’s phenomenal. It brings tears to people’s eyes. We knew we wanted Jet Ranger. X is the next generation of Jet Ranger.”

February 26, 2014 - 1:30pm

Best known for its business aviation service portfolio, PremiAir International Group has a new CEO. Keith Marshall served 24 years in the British Army as a helicopter pilot and instructor before launching a career in the private sector that has included stops with Northrop Grumman; MGISC Toulouse; and Selex Galileo (formerly GEC-Marconi), where he held the title of executive v-p in the electronic warfare and battlespace divisions. Marshall’s appointment signals a drive to bolster PremiAir’s capabilities in aerospace systems markets, according to the company.

February 25, 2014 - 9:40am
Archie Gray, Air Methods senior vice president of aviation services, will be honored at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards with Bell’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

In his position as senior vice president of aviation services of Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods, a job that covers flight operations, technical services and training, Archie Gray is responsible for managing about half of the company’s approximately 4,000 employees.

February 25, 2014 - 9:15am
Howard Ragsdale, senior v-p of business development for Air Methods, will be honored with the Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award for his lifetime dedication to air medical services.

Howard Ragsdale, senior vice president of business development for Denver-based Air Methods and this year’s winner of the Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award, has spent most of his aviation career in air medical operations. Along with Archie Gray, senior vice president of aviation services, he is one of two long-time employees of Air Methods to receive an HAI Salute to Excellence Award this year. The “Golden Hour,” of course, refers to the period of time after a person has been severely injured during which, if given medical care, he or she has the greatest chance of survival.

February 25, 2014 - 8:40am
The crew of Rescue 912, Jonathon Groten, Aaron Noble, Mark Vokey, Bradley Hiscock and Jeffrey Warden, rescued three seabird hunters from Indian Bay near Gander and for their extraordinary efforts in adverse conditions are being honored with Sikorsky’s Humanitarian Award.

A Sikorsky RH-4 made the first documented rescue by helicopter on Nov. 29, 1945, so it’s not surprising that Sikorsky sponsors the HAI Humanitarian Award. This year’s award goes to the Gander, Newfoundland-based flight crew of a Royal Canadian Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter for a successful rescue accomplished under extreme weather conditions on Feb. 9, 2013.

February 25, 2014 - 8:30am
Elan Head, special projects editor for Vertical Magazine and Canadian Skies

Elan Head, recipient of the Helicopter Association International’s 2014 Excellence in Communications Award, had her first helicopter ride in a Bell JetRanger in 2004, while working on a story about a high-end fishing lodge in British Columbia. “It was hands-down the coolest thing I’d ever done,” she told AIN.

February 10, 2014 - 11:00pm
Goh Yong Kiat

Goh Yong Kiat is a rare individual: a senior manager in the aerospace industry who is also an avid aviation enthusiast and historian. This home-grown talent has just published his fifth book, a pictorial history of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) entitled “Full Spectrum Force.”

Goh’s backlist includes histories of air logistics in the RSAF, and the history of Tengah airbase. But his major work was “Where Lions Fly,” a comprehensive history of aviation in Singapore, which was published in 2012 and is still available from Straits Times Press.

February 4, 2014 - 2:40pm

William Chiles, who has led global offshore helicopter services company Bristow Group for the last decade, will retire effective July 31 and be replaced by current CFO Jonathan Baliff. Chiles will remain as a consultant to the company through 2016. During Chiles’s tenure, Bristow grew rapidly and posted record profits. Baliff, who held senior positions at NRG Energy and Credit Suisse before joining Bristow in 2010, is a former USAF pilot with degrees in aerospace engineering and international relations.

January 30, 2014 - 1:45pm

Embraer Executive Jets appointed Peter Griffith vice president of sales and marketing for Europe and Africa and Peter Walker vice president of sales and marketing for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. José Eduardo Costas, who has overseen Middle East and Asia-Pacific sales since 2008, will return to the company’s headquarters in Brazil to take on a broader role as vice president of market intelligence for Embraer Executive Jets. All will report to Marco Túlio Pellegrini, who became president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets on January 1.

January 30, 2014 - 1:41pm

Effective Saturday, Tracy Biegler will be the new president and CEO at Menominee, Mich.-based Enstrom Helicopter. He will succeed Jerry Mullins, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm of the light helicopter manufacturer. Mullins will continue to work as a consultant to Enstrom until the end of this year. Biegler, a 26-year industry veteran, joined Enstrom 10 years ago and is currently serving as vice president. He said the change in leadership will support the continued growth at Enstrom initiated by Mullins.

 
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