People May 2012

By Staff Writer | May 1, 2012

Eurocopter has named Jean-Pascal Meo as general counsel, replacing Georges Richelme, who was elected as president of the Commercial Court of Marseilles. Meo has been with Eurocopter since 1998 and was formerly the head of corporate matters for the company’s legal department.

Sten Gustafson has joined Era Group as chief executive officer, effective April 1. Gustafson was previously the managing director and head of energy for the Americas at Deutsche Bank Securities. He replaces Charles Fabrikant, who will serve as chairman of Era Group after resigning as president and CEO.

Lake Charles, La.-based Era Training Center (ETC) has appointed Randy Rowles as vice president and general manager. Rowles was previously the vice president of business development and night vision goggle (NVG) training programs at Night Flight Concepts as well as senior flight instruction specialist at Bell Helicopter.


CHC Helicopter has added Jonathan Lewis, Halliburton senior vice president of the Europe Sub-Saharan Africa region, to its board of directors. Lewis assumed his duties during CHC’s regular board meeting in late March. Lewis is the fifth board member for CHC, including Mark McComiskey the board chairman who with fellow board member, Kenneth Moore, are managing directors of First Reserve Corporation; Dod Wales, director of First Reserve; and William Amelio, CHC’s president and chief executive officer.

Founder of Karem Aircraft, Abe Karem, has received the 2012 Navigator Award from the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Karem designed and developed the first helicopter to successfully utilize a variable speed rotor system, the Boeing A160 Hummingbird. Karem also worked with the development of Prowler and Predator UAV systems.

Broussard, La.-based Rotorcraft Leasing Company (RLC) has named Curtis Hudson as director of maintenance. He has served in numerous roles with RLC over the past 18 years, including his most recent post as chief inspector.

FlightSafety International has promoted Winston Leong to marketing manager of commercial simulation for the Asia Pacific. Leong has been with the company since 1998 and was most recently remote assets manager.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University presented its President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Safety to Gordon Jiroux and Universal Helicopters. UHI provides the university with helicopter training and has remained accident free during its two-year contract with the school, adding to its zero-accident history of nearly a decade. UHI serves the Prescott campus with 20 Robinson R22s and seven R44s.

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