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Rotorcraft Report: People

By Staff Writer | January 1, 2007

Lockheed Martin has named three engineers on rotorcraft programs at its Systems Integration site in Owego, N.Y. as 2006 Lockheed Martin Fellows. The honor is reserved for the top one percent of technical talent across the corporation and recognizes and encourages the highest levels of accomplishment by individual contributors in technical fields. Rich Berbaum is the lead architect for system diagnostics, prognostics and health management system solutions across multiple platforms. He is leading the requirements and architecture development for two programs: the Multi-Mission Helicopter and VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. Greg Townsend is an integration and test expert with more than 1,000 hours of flight time on five different aircraft, including the MH-60 and Merlin Mk1. He is the test director for the Multi-Mission Helicopter programs, and has been the integration and test lead engineer on large system integration programs. Dave Vos is the lead environmental engineer for the VH-71 program. He has more than 22 years of experience in environmental engineering design, analysis and test, with an emphasis on avionics thermal engineering.

AcroHeliPro Global Services has appointed John Nicholson as executive vice president, with responsibility for U.S. operations and global sales and marketing. He will be based in AcroHeliPro’s Dallas facility. Nicholson holds a Ph.D. in turbine design from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Liverpool, in addition to successful completion of various executive leadership and strategic marketing courses. AcroHeliPro also named Gary Leskiw as vice president — commercial, responsible for the management of all commercial and customer contractual obligations and directing contractual activities with the company’s various governmental clients. He is a 25-year veteran of the company.

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame has named Craig Dobbin, founder of CHC Helicopter Corp., as one of three aviation pioneers to be inducted in June. Dobbin passed away Oct. 7, 2006. The three will join a roster of 186 men and women aviation pioneers who have been previously honored since the Hall was formed in 1973.


Turbomeca USA has named Keith Shaw (right) as director of human resources. He has more than 17 years of experience in aviation manufacturing and production and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified. He joins Turbomeca USA from Dallas Airmotive, Inc. where he served as director of human resources for six years.

Hitachi Capital Business Finance has appointed Giles Latchford as head of aviation. He will assume all responsibilities for continuing the company’s expansion in niche market financing of helicopters, light aircraft, and business jets. He has more than 11 years aviation experience, which includes setting up and running a $45-million commercial aircraft leasing company.

A new commander has taken the helm of the U.K. Royal Navy’s Sea King helicopter force at RNAS Culdrose. Cdr. Alan Salmon took command from Cdr. David Stanton, MBE in November. Culdrose’s Sqdns. 854 and 857 provide air surveillance around the world, while 771 Naval Air Sqdn. and Gannet Search and Rescue Flight provide the Royal Navy’s contribution to maritime safety in the southwest United Kingdom and further afield. Along with 771 Sqdn., 849 Sqdn. Operational Conversion Unit trains air crews, air engineers and technicians.

Gene Cunningham has been appointed vice president and deputy director of the Bell/Boeing Program Office in Amarillo, Texas, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter and Boeing. He succeeds Mike Anderson, who is retiring after a distinguished career with Boeing. Cunningham reports to Bob Kenney, vice president and director of the program office, and to Mike Tkach, vice president and general manager of Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. He will be responsible for management and coordination of the program office and all aspects of Bell and Boeing MV-22 and CV-22 production, delivery and support. Most recently he served as vice president of business development for Boeing’s Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia.

Superior Air Parts has named William Brogdon as vice president of engineering and Jeff Paust as director of metallurgy. Both executives will be based at the company’s headquarters in Coppell, Texas. Prior to joining Superior, Brogdon was the design manager for Ricardo Chicago Technical Center. Previously he had held a variety of engineering positions at Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. Paust was the director of quality and metallurgy for Engine Components Inc., where he was responsible for the quality-control processes necessary for guaranteeing compliant products in the metallurgy of piston aircraft engine parts.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Donald R. Sanders has been appointed command sergeant major of the Army Aviation Warfighting Center and Fort Rucker, Ala., succeeding Command Sgt. Maj. Buford Thomas, Jr., who is retiring after more than 30 years of service. Sanders comes to Rucker from the 1st Cavalry Div., Fort Hood, Texas where he served as the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade’s command sergeant major. A change-of-responsibility ceremony is set for Jan. 22.

Wall Colmonoy Corp. has named Lydia Lee (right) as Asian business manager for its Alloy Products Group, based at their corporate offices in Madison Heights, Mich. Lee received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Tianjin University, China and her MBA from Tulane University, La. She has extensive experience in the area of Asian business development and the importing and exporting of industrial equipment and supplies.

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