Rotorcraft Report: People

By Staff Writer | January 1, 2006


The Helicopter Assn. International has named the recipients of its 2005 "Salute to Excellence" awards. Dr. Walter B. Comeaux, Lafayette, La., is the recipient of the Lawrence D. Bell Memorial Award. David S. Whyte, vice president (ret'd), Alpine Helicopters Ltd., Kelowna, British Columbia, is the latest winner of the Joe Mashman Safety Award. John Holland, regional aviation director, Air Methods Corp., Macon, Ga., was named Pilot of the Year, and Ric Juve Forns, senior flight instructor, Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth, Texas, was named Outstanding Certified Flight Instructor. Other winners include: Robert A. Jones, aviation maintenance technician, Air Logistics of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, who won the Aviation Maintenance Technician award; Bruce Currier, vice president of avionics, Evergreen Helicopters, Inc., McMinnville, Ore., who received the Aviation Repair Specialist award; Robert McMullan, chief pilot, West Michigan Air Care, Kalamazoo, Mich., recipient of the Eurocopter Golden Hour award; William Wagstaff, senior editor, Aviation International News, Midland Park, N.J., received the Excellence in Communications award; Gary Grage, senior technical specialist, Columbia Helicopters, Portland, Ore., won the Helicopter Maintenance award; Capt. Don R. Roby, Baltimore County, Md., Police Dept., received the MD Helicopters Law Enforcement award, and John Quackenbush, pilot for Hillcrest Aircraft Co. of Lewiston, Idaho, and Helicopter Express of Atlanta, Ga., won the Robert E. Trimble award. The awards will be presented at HAI's "Salute to Excellence" banquet and awards ceremony Feb. 27 at Heli-Expo 2006 in Dallas, Texas.

FlightSafety International has promoted Derek Maeer (left) to the position of vice president of simulation. Maeer joined FlightSafety in 1979 following a 20-year career in the U.S. Merchant Marine. During his 26 years with FlightSafety, Derek held a number of management positions in Simulation and Visual Systems and most recently served as general manager.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has appointed Martin Smith (right) as the new chancellor of its Extended Campus. He will serve as chief academic and administrative officer of that campus, responsible for overall planning, resource allocation and program evaluation.


Optical Alchemy, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of ultra-light, inertial, stabilized sensor systems for UAVs, has appointed Jennifer Richardson to be vice president of engineering.

Canadian Home Rotors, Inc. has appointed Bruce Belfield as dealer for its Safari helicopter kit in Australia. He has already served as its dealer for Safari kits in New Zealand for the past several years.

The U.S. National Center for Advanced Technologies has named Michael Romanowski (left) as its new president. He succeeds Stan Siegel, who retired in December. Romanowski is currently vice president of civil aviation at the Aerospace Industries Assn. and will remain in that position while serving as president of the center. The national center has also named Stephen T. Fisher (right) to be executive director of its Next Generation Air Transportation System Institute. He is a former U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot who has served with the FAA as well as private technology companies.

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