Longmont, Colo.-based Master Instructors has granted Master CFI-Helicopter accreditation to Randy Rowles, vice president of business development and NVG training programs for Night Flight Concepts (NFC). Rowles becomes the first individual to receive the designation, which was developed with input from FAA, IHST and HAI. The MCFI-H program establishes standards for helicopter instructors. Rowles is also a designated pilot examiner for helicopter licenses and ratings, including for private, commercial, ATP, NVG and CFI/II. He is also a FAASTeam representative, chairman of HAI’s Flight Training Committee, and board member of the National EMS Pilots Association.
Eurocopter Group has appointed Stephane Chery (pictured) as head of its international media relations department. He succeeds Cécile Vion-Lanctuit, who became vice president of corporate communications in May 2010. Chery comes from Publicis Consultants, where he was a partner.
Bell Helicopter has named Jeffrey Angelos the new director of its Commercial sales division for North America. He will be responsible for sales, marketing and aftermarket support across the continent. A helicopter pilot, Angelos comes from the FBI, where he was the section chief for the agency’s aviation branch.
Geoff Hill is the new director of communications for the Aircraft Electronics Association and editor of Avionics News. Based at the organization’s headquarters in Lee’s Summit, Mo., Hill was previously director of sales for Paradise Park Inc., and formerly managed communications, media relations and marketing for the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Helicopter Association International (HAI) has hired Kristin Lord Anderson as executive assistant to Matt Zuccaro, the association’s president. Anderson will serve as a liaison between the president and HAI’s Board of Directors. She was previously an administrative and executive assistant for the U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
People’s Capital and Leasing Corp (PCLC) has appointed Jim Pulie vice president of sales for its Aviation Finance division. He will oversee loans and leases for the commercial helicopter industry in the U.S. Pulie’s previous experience includes stints at Sikorsky Aircraft and Pratt & Whitney.