People in Aviation: August 2015

 - August 3, 2015, 7:15 AM

Marenco Swisshelicopter appointed Philippe Harache chairman. An engineer who began his career at the helicopter division of Aerospatiale, Harache helped found Eurocopter, became CEO of Eurocopter International in 1994 and later became senior executive vice president of the group.

Greg Brinkman was promoted to president of ExcelAire from COO. Previously Brinkman was a corporate pilot for the investment firm Kidder, Peabody and launched Associated Aircraft Group.

The National Air Transportation Association elected Priester Aviation president and CEO Andy Priester chairman and Marathon Jet Center owner and partner Marty Hiller vice chairman. The association also added two board members: Scott Owens, senior v-p of McClellan Jet Services; and Jeff Ross, president and CEO of Ross Aviation.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International added Jonathan Downey and Lauren McCollum to its board of directors. Downey is the founder and CEO of Airware, a San Francisco-based company established in 2011 that is building a hardware, software and cloud service for commercial unmanned systems. McCollum is director of legislative affairs for intelligence, joint and science and technology programs at Lockheed Martin.

GA Telesis appointed Jason Reed president of its Component Solutions Group, the company’s rebranded component sales division. Reed previously served with Airbus Americas/Satair Group as vice president and head of operations for material and logistical program activities in North America and Latin America.

Thomas Mepham was named CEO of Sequa. He has 27 years of aerospace experience, most recently as senior v-p of power, controls and sensing systems and as president of sensors and integrated systems at UTC.

Jet Advisors appointed Peter Schmidt COO. Schmidt, who earned an engineering degree and a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was most recently COO of Linear Air. In addition, he co-founded and sold several companies and was co-inventor on four patents in the automated analysis field.

Gulfstream Aerospace named John Ortega vice president and general manager of its manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico. Ortega, who joined the company in 2007, was previously director of composites/sub-assembly in Savannah, where he oversaw operations that support production of large-cabin Gulfstreams. Chuck Stumpf was named executive v-p of business development for Silver Air. Stumpf has more than two decades of experience as a business aviation executive, including stints with XOJet, JetSuite and HMS Aviation.

Columbia Helicopters promoted Steve Bandy to senior v-p of operations. Vice president of operations since 2012, Bandy joined Columbia in 1989 as a copilot.

Astronautics of America named Dan Ryan vice president of programs and product manager. Ryan has 35 years of industry experience, having spent 29 years with Honeywell as well as serving with DRS Environmental Systems.

Airbus Helicopters appointed Robert Boman director/site manager for its Columbus, Miss. helicopter assembly plant and operations. Boman joined Airbus Helicopters in 2008 as head of human resources in Columbus.

Mark Rosenker was elected to the board of directors of Flyht Aerospace Solutions. Currently a consultant to CBS News, Rosenker is a retired major general with the U.S. Air Force and former NTSB chairman.

Erickson appointed Glenn Johnson to its board of directors. Johnson, who will chair the audit committee, has 30 years of aviation experience with Alaska Air Group, from which he retired as president of the company’s Horizon Airlines subsidiary.

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) named Greg Kinsella chairman and Joe Salata vice chairman. Kinsella, who had been vice chairman of the organization, is base president in Washington, D.C., for Jet Linx. Salata is vice president of flight operations at Flight Options. Also, the ACSF elected the following to its board of governors: Tom Huff, aviation safety officer for Gulfstream; Bob Rufli, director of flight operations at Landmark Aircraft Management and Charter; Alan Ray, chief safety officer for OneSky; and Al Pod, president of A3P Technologies.

Benjamin Dow has joined Jet Quest as director of large-cabin Citation sales and acquisition. Dow was formerly director of aircraft sales at FirstFlight in Horseheads, N.Y.

 Aircelle (Safran) appointed Pierre Jorant vice president of programs, Gilles Poilvet vice president of administration and finance, Francis Gauvain vice president of human resources and facilities, and Philippe James continuous improvement vice president. Jorant joined Safran in 2008 and in 2011 became general manager of Sichuan Services Aero-Engine Maintenance. Poilvet has served with Aircelle since 2002, most recently as vice president of programs. Gauvain has been with Safran companies since 1981 in numerous roles, including deputy for the Snecma human resources department. James has been project manager for development of the Vinci rocket engine, and head of the combustion devices design department.

Epic Aviation promoted Dev Sharma to director of sales west and Doug Crowther to director of national accounts and business development. Sharma has served with Epic for 18 years, most recently as California and Hawaii regional sales manager. Crowther joined the company last year as director of into-wing sales and before that was COO for a Seattle-based FBO.

EagleMed named Robin Welch program manager for the Wichita area. Previously she served with the Kansas University School of Medicine, steering physician recruiting for the state of Kansas with a focus on rural and urban underserved areas.

Asian Sky Group (ASG) has reorganized the sales responsibilities in its Hong Kong office, naming Luke Fehon vice president of sales for Japan, Taiwan and Southeast Asia; Jane Wang vice president of sales for China, Hong Kong and Macao; and Nadav Kessler responsible for Asia-Pacific rotary sales. ASG also appointed Jonathan Taryoto as a sales director based in Bangkok.

Hunt & Palmer appointed Paul McCluskey vice president of commercial aviation, based in the new Daytona Beach, Fla. office. McCluskey has aviation experience with both scheduled and charter operations and is a co-founder of the Air Charter Association of North America.

Esterline CMC Electronics appointed four new vice presidents following Esterline’s acquisition of Barco’s aerospace and defense division. Patrick Champagne, previously vice president of cockpits and systems integration at CMC, has become vice president of products, display solutions; Marc Gagné, formerly director of engineering services and of the Hybrid Microelectronics business for CMC, is vice president of operations; Ben Hendsbee, a 20-year CMC employee who has served in the commercial services organization, was named vice president of commercial services; and Kristof Vierin, one of the founders of the Barco Avionics Division, was appointed vice president of sales.

Elliott Aviation appointed John Murphy director of paint and interior. Murphy has more than 35 years of aviation experience, most recently as senior director of completions with Jet Aviation in St. Louis.

Boutsen Aviation named Timothée Marcie as a sales executive based in Monaco. Marcie previously served with Dassault Falcon, where he was responsible for new aircraft sales for Northern China out of Beijing and Eastern China out of Shanghai.

Mark Schenkel was appointed controller for Pentastar Aviation. Schenkel previously served as controller at MCM Management.

Spectrum Aeromed hired Curtis Haug as a sales assistant for the German office. Most recently Haug was an account representative for a vehicle manufacturing company.

Andrew Hoy, formerly with ExecuJet Aviation Group and Jetcraft, has launched the Affinity Aviation Group to provide aviation services, from sales and acquisition to the eventual operation of FBOs and charter. Sari Sawaya was named group executive director. Sawaya has held positions at ExecuJet Middle East and Jetcraft.

Swiss Aviation Consulting named Simon Diggelmann key account manager for the Camo team. Most recently Diggelmann was technical manager for a large business jet operator.

 Four of Duncan Aviation’s project managers have earned their Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, an internationally recognized credential. Tammie Burns, Ryan DeVall, Matt Lentel and Will Morris completed 12 hours of college credit, developed by Lincoln-based Nebraska Wesleyan University and taught on site at Duncan Aviation, and passed the PMP certification exam.

Hal Bryan was promoted to senior editor of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s publications. Bryan, who joined the association in 2009 as its first online community manager, was a business development manager with the team responsible for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator software.

Western Aircraft named Derek Freeman avionics sales manager and Jay Reeder turboprop sales account manager. Freeman has more than 30 years of aviation experience, most serving as a senior avionics engineer for Kelowna Flightcraft. Reeder was previously material operations coordinator for EuroTec Vertical Flight Solutions.

Tom Anderson was appointed senior v-p of commercial and customer support for ATR. Anderson previously held management positions with Airbus, Virgin America, JetBlue and Boeing. The company also named Roberto Del Pezzo head of quality. Del Pezzo has served with ATR partner Alenia Aermacchi since 1983 and has held numerous senior roles in product support, manufacturing and quality.

Awards & Honors

GAMA awarded the Edward W. Stimpson Aviation Excellence scholarship award to Takoda Benedict of Tri-Village High School in New Madison, Ohio, and the Dr. Harold S. Wood Award for Excellence–given to a university student who is a flight team member at a National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) member school–to Kelly Abplanalp. Benedict is a graduating senior who will pursue aviation studies at Liberty University. Abplanalp, a senior at the University of Wisconsin, is captain of the Wisconsin Flying Team and president of the Badger Aviators.

NBAA named Christina Henderlong the first recipient of the Dale “Potsy” McBurney Aviation Scholarship. Presented at NBAA’s Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference in Tucson, Ariz., the scholarship was established to help business aviation professionals advance their careers. Henderlong, an instructor executive flight attendant with the U.S. Air Force, plans to use her training to help the Air Force Distinguished Visitor Airlift mission promote the role of the flight attendant in business aircraft.

Janice Barden, chairman and founder of Aviation Personnel International, was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The Ohio Department of Aging annually honors Ohio residents or native-born Ohioans who are at least 60 and who have been exemplary leaders and role models in their fields. Barden, who was born in Cleveland, founded Aviation Personnel International in 1971, creating the first female-owned and -operated search firm dedicated to the business aviation industry exclusively.

The Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association is inducting the late Dr. Sam Williams, an aeronautical engineer and founder of Williams International, into its Hall of Honor. Williams will be honored during the CJP Convention next month. The association is recognizing Williams for his “vital and storied part of the Citation legacy,” specifically the engines that have powered the CitationJet series from the original CJ to the CJ4 and M2.

Ira Berman, Gulfstream senior v-p of administration and general counsel, was recognized as a “Legend In Law” by The Burton Awards Program. Co-sponsored by the American Bar Association in association with the Library of Congress, the Burton program recognizes individuals based on reputation, background, experience, demonstrated competence in a specialized area of law, the complexity and scope of the leadership matters they handled, and their success in global and national issues. Berman has served with Gulfstream since 1997 and has expanded his role to cover legal, human resources, environmental health and safety, real estate and facilities, security, risk management, government contracts and trade compliance. He also serves as corporate v-p for Gulfstream parent General Dynamics.