People in Aviation: August 2014

 - August 4, 2014, 3:15 AM

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.

Trine Aerospace and Defense named Col. Lee Taylor COO. Taylor had a long career in the U.S. Air Force leading maintenance and modification efforts for trainers, stealth fighters and bombers and most recently served on the Air Combat Command, working on maintenance and sustainment requirements for all Air Force bombers and stealth fighters.

Circor Aerospace named Paul Devaux president of the company’s French division, Circor Bodet. He joined Circor from United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Indonesia, where he served as general manager. Don Stinnett was promoted to general manager of the California facility. He was most recently general manager of polymer products at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. Allan Goodbrand was promoted to general manager of the company’s European business. Previously he was managing director for Hale Hamilton. Robert Lenardi was promoted to general manager of Circor Aerospace and Defense New York. He had been director of operations at the Long Island facility for the past three years.

Epic Aviation named Col. Steven Kephart as v-p of governmental fueling and logistics. He will retire from the military on August 31, where he is serving as director of customer operations for DLA Energy.

Aireon, developer of a space-based global air traffic surveillance system, named Cyriel Kronenburg v-p of sales and marketing. He was most recently global head of ATC charges for the International Air Transport Association.

Lou Bartolotta retired from his position as senior advisor to AgustaWestland’s commercial business unit. He began his aviation career as a combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam and later flew commercially with Bristow Helicopter in Iran and Scotland for nine years. He served as v-p of operations for the Helicopter Association International and director of sales for MBB Helicopter before joining AgustaWestland in 1988 as v-p of sales in Philadelphia and later as v-p of marketing based in Cascina Costa, Italy. After his stint in Italy, Bartolotta served as managing director of Bell/Agusta Aerospace, followed by a position at the company’s offices in Washington, D.C., and executive v-p of sales for North and South America.

David Charles was named v-p of turbine aircraft sales for Chase Aviation.

Jet Support Services (JSSI) named Raymond Weiser helicopter program specialist. He was most recently v-p of sales and business development for EuroTec.

Ben Munson joined aviation consulting firm Forecast as v-p of airline and airport services. He was previously director of capacity planning at Alaska Airlines.

FlightSafety announced several personnel appointments. Ralph Lintelman was named manager of the Wilmington, Del. learning center, replacing Barry Massey, who retired. Lintelman was most recently manager of the La Guardia learning center. Replacing him as manager of the La Guardia learning center is Glenn Hausmann, most recently director of standards and manager of La Guardia’s safety management system. Paul Kuchta was promoted to director of training operations. He began his career at FlightSafety in 1998 and held various positions, including technical analyst of the Dallas learning center, maintenance training instructor, director of maintenance training and most recently assistant manager at the Dallas center. Taking Kuchta’s place as assistant manager of the Dallas center is Robert Standley. He joined the company in 1996 as maintenance instructor at the Tucson learning center, later becoming the center’s supervisor of maintenance training and most recently director of maintenance training.

Anthony Banome was promoted to director of fuel sales for Meridian at Teterboro Airport. He joined the company in 2007 as an FBO customer service representative and later took on additional responsibilities for FBO fuel sales.

Phillips 66 named Russ Boy branded sales representative for National Jets Air Center. He was most recently general manager of the company’s FBO/fuel division.

Suresh Narayan was promoted to v-p of business operations for Dallas-based Aerospace Quality Research and Development.

Mike Humphreys was named CEO of Airline Services Group. He replaced Bryan Bodek.

Thierry Lubin was promoted to v-p of marketing and sales for Air France Industries. He held various positions since joining the airline in 1982, most recently asset manager with the engines division.

ProStar Aviation named Thomas Kennedy as director of maintenance. He was most recently northeast regional engine manager for Dallas Airmotive.

Corey Cline was promoted to line service supervisor at Tampa Jet Center. He was a line service technician.

Max Little joined Superior Air Parts as factory representative. He was previously a field service manager for Cirrus Aircraft.

Ann Goodwyn was named regional manager of Go Rentals. She co-founded Tradition Aviation.

David Copeland and Erik Ritzman joined Mid-Continent Instruments as account managers. Copeland previously held positions at Raytheon Aircraft, Cessna and Mooney and currently serves as v-p of the board for the Kansas Air Museum. Ritzman previously held program management, procurement and inside sales positions at Triumph Structures and PWI.

Stephen Van Beek and Dennis Cary were named vice presidents for ICF International’s aviation and aerospace business.

Terry Lutrick joined West Star Aviation as regional sales manager.

Final Flight

Donald Lowe, 82, a leader in Canada’s aerospace industry for several decades, died on June 26 at a hospital in Toronto following a series of illnesses. After several executive roles in the automotive industry, he was brought in to run Pratt & Whitney Canada in the aftermath of a bitter 20-month strike, serving from 1975 to 1980 as president and CEO. During his tenure, P&WC launched the PW100 turboprop, which today numbers 31 variants. In 1986 he was named president and CEO of a financially troubled Canadair, as it was sold by the Canadian government to Bombardier. Under his watch, the airframer launched the CRJ series of regional airliners. Lowe eventually rose to vice chairman of Bombardier and served as a company director until 2004. In the latter part of his career, he also headed Ontario-based parts and component manufacturer Fleet Canada and served on the boards of numerous other companies in the aerospace, automotive, financial services, mining and real estate industries.

Awards and Honors

NBAA presented flight attendant/flight technician scholarships to Michelle Ahrens, Jimmy Barba, Nichole Barrows, Deborah Boisvere, Lisa Jo Brown, Charliena Busch, Leslie Bush, Christina Carrillo, Chloe Cartwright, Jessica Cattrell, Christine Claffey, Justin Columbie, Kristen DeGroot, Barbara Desmarais, Laura Doughty, T. Monique Everline, Kristine Farmer, Nona Frazier, Nicole Gerdes, Beth Goodwin, Carla Gorman, Holly Gorsuch, Denese Gouvin, Wendy Howell, Isha Jordon, Anthony Joseph, Elizabeth Loring, Jimmy Mason, Heidy Markovich, Tabitha Moore, Kimberly Morgan, Patricia Naus, Barbie Newton, Sherrie Nichols, Covenant Olatunde, Kara Shryock, Amy Simon, Danielle Slater, Tammy Stuhlsatz, Lucie Tutunijan, Amber Vidal and Lisa Weiss.

Dr. Stuart Hatcher, head of valuations and risk at International Bureau of Aviation, passed his senior certified appraiser exams, joining only 16 other appraisers worldwide.

Elias Peterson, a Kansas State University student, was awarded the Edward Stimpson scholarship from the Wichita Aero Club. Peterson is a junior working toward a bachelor’s of science degree in professional pilot. The scholarship honors the memory of Ed Stimpson, the late president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and an ICAO ambassador.

Mechanical engineering students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University were awarded a $90,000 grant for winning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and Planet competition. The grant will be used to continue development of an innovative air conditioning system that runs on solar power. Student team members include Nicholas Wood, Kendra Atticks, Kirsten Kasper, Zach Judson, Gloria King and Domenic Barsotti. Faculty advisors are Dr. Yan Tang, Dr. Sandra Boetcher, Dr. Marc Compere and Dr. William Engblom.