People August 2013

By Staff Writer | August 1, 2013

Steven Webster has been installed as vice president engineering and flight operations, a new position at American Eurocopter. He will be responsible for engineering, certifications, flight operations and the lean/continuous improvement programs.

A 28-year helicopter industry veteran, he joins from AVX Aircraft, where he was technology director and program manager for military aircraft development programs. He has also worked at AgustaWestland and Bell Helicopter (including the company’s Xworx research and development operation).

In Europe, Eurocopter has reassigned Matthieu Louvot as head of support and services from his previous position as head of strategy and company development. He will report to Dominique Maudet, head of global business and services. Louvot joined Eurocopter in April 2010 after starting his career with the General Inspectorate of Finance in the French finance ministry.


Astronics Corporation has named Dale Farr rotary sales manager for its Max-Viz enhanced vision systems (EVS). Farr was previously with Erickson Air-Crane as aviation safety manager and tanker pilot. He brings more than 30 years of civilian and military rotary-wing experience to Astronics, flying multiple helicopters in aerial firefighting, EMS and offshore operations, according to Elliott Troutman, executive vice president. Farr retired from the U.S. Army in 2001 as a CW4 when he was serving as a military standardization instructor pilot. He is a member of the Helicopter Association International Safety Committee.

CAE’s new group president of Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services is Nick Leontidis, a 25-year employee with the company. He replaces Jeff Roberts, who is leaving. Leontidis moves from executive vice president of the Strategy and Business Development division. His wide international experience includes China, where he was responsible for building CAE’s sales and relationships.

Merex, a global support provider for U.S.-manufactured legacy defense platforms including aircraft, helicopters and their respective engines, has appointed Stuart Reid as director, International Business development. He will be responsible for developing key international markets. Reid’s previous post was as program manager for strategic growth programs within CIRCOR International’s aerospace division.

Calvin Rieb has joined Professional Resources In System Management (PRISM) as its helicopter aviation services program manager, while Jenna Albrecht has been appointed as safety analyst for business aviation. Rieb has 11 years of aviation safety management experience and is an experienced U.S. Army medevac pilot, while Albrecht has a master’s degree in safety science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She also holds a variety of flight certificates and ratings including commercial pilot and certified flight instructor (CFI).

Bell Helicopter’s new chief financial officer is Al Vetere, previously the company’s vice president of financial military programs. Vetere has led some of the company’s largest contract negotiations with the U.S. government, with his 30 years of experience contributing to two-multi year contracts on the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey program. John Garrison, Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO, praised Vetere’s “vast knowledge of finance and business management as well as military contracts.”


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