Spirit Aeronautics of Columbus, Ohio, has named Bill Highfill director of maintenance. He will be responsible for aircraft maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishment operations. Highfill has 17 years of experience at Gulfstream Aerospace, Indianapolis Jet Center (now Comlux Aviation Services) and Arinc. Previous senior positions include director of maintenance, general manager and senior operations manager. Highfill graduated from Embry-Riddle University, where he studied business aviation maintenance management and aviation maintenance technology.
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Michael King joined SimCom as COO. He was most recently director of business development for FlightSafety International.
Rick Wielebski joined Landmark Aviation as general manager of the Boeing Field/King County International Airport location.
Michael Caflisch was named CEO of Aircraft Performance Group. He was most recently director of aerospace programs for commercial aviation services at Boeing.
With the education of students about aviation as one of the goals at EAA AirVenture 2014, which is being held this week in Oshkosh, Wis., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University chose the venue to announced the launch of its free online Aviation 101 course aimed at introducing high school and middle school students to the aviation industry.
The National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) announced that two new products and services members, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and LL Johns & Associates, have joined the association. All NARA members must follow a code of ethics and broker/dealer members must pass a rigorous application process, established last year, to become an exclusive NARA-certified aircraft broker/dealer. “NARA products and services members’ commitment to the code of ethics guarantees value and instills the highest degree of confidence for aircraft buyers and operators,” it said.
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.
Winner Aviation’s roots date back to 1946, when Beckett Aviation opened its doors to the Youngstown, Ohio flying community. The new company was located on Youngstown Municipal Airport, in Vienna, Ohio. One of the last federal Works Progress Administration projects, the airport opened in 1940 and would eventually be known as Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
Cessna Aircraft Company (SNF 001, 004) of Wichita and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU; NE 021-NE 025) of Daytona Beach, Fla., announced here at Sun ’n’ Fun a long-term agreement for the purchase of 57 Cessna Skyhawk 172s. Deliveries of 29 aircraft are scheduled for this year with the remaining 28 slated for delivery next year. The aircraft will replace the Cessna Skyhawks currently used in the university’s flight training program at its Daytona Beach and Prescott, Ariz. campuses.
Spirit Aeronautics, based in Columbus, Ohio, has named Jerry MacDonald as an aircraft production supervisor. His 36 years of work experience includes stints with Owens Corning, SSK Industries and GE Aircraft Engines, where he held positions with varying levels of responsibility and authority. MacDonald holds a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a minor in meteorology from Purdue University. He is a licensed FAA A&P mechanic with inspection authorization.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide is holding its second massive open online course (MOOC) from April 7 to May 11 on human factors in aviation accidents. The free course is limited to 2,000 students and will cover “the mental and physical factors that contribute to aviation accidents,” according to the university. Students can view lectures and complete assignments on their own schedules and participate in live sessions and interact with other students on discussion boards and social media.
Cristina Gonzalez, a master of science in safety science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is looking for input on her final graduate research project on the standardization of English in international aviation. She has set up an anonymous survey to learn more about how the English language proficiency requirement fits into the world of aviation today.
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