Jerry Mullins is retiring from his position as president and CEO of Enstrom. Working in the aviation industry for more than 40 years, Mullins will continue to serve in a consulting role with Enstrom through 2014. The manufacturer has promoted Tracy Biegler to president and CEO effective February 1. Biegler was previously vice president. A 26-year veteran of the aviation industry, and 10-year employee with Enstrom, Biegler says this change in leadership will support the continued growth at Enstrom initiated by Mullins.
Bristow Group CEO William Chiles is planning to retire in summer 2014, also stepping down from the company’s board of directors. Jonathan Baliff, currently Bristow’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, will assume the role of CEO on July 31. Chiles will remain as a consultant under a contract that runs until July 31, 2016. Baliff (left) came to Bristow in 2010 as senior vice president and CFO, and has led teams that established the “Bristow Value Added” program. His previous experience included working for NRG Energy and Credit Suisse. Baliff also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1985 to 1993.
Dr. Joseph Estrera is the new chief technology officer and vice president for advanced technology at Boise-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU). He will be responsible for new product development in aviation, ground, and emerging market areas. He worked at L-3 Warrior Systems for the past 20 years being focused on the development of laser, image intensifier and infrared technologies and night vision products.
Estrera chairs two international technology forums annually and is the author of technical papers. He has also been involved in several U.S. military programs including the Digital Night Vision System, Digital Enhanced Night Vision Goggle, and Fused Multispectral Weapon Sight. His awards include the U.S. Army CECOM Defense Acquisition Executive Certificate of Achievement and received corporate awards from Litton, Northrop Grumman and L-3 Communications.
Cadorath Aerospace, part of the Cadorath Group, has appointed Chris Berkis as senior repair development engineer. Berkis will lead the development of the company’s aeronautical repair modification and overall capabilities within the Helicopter Extended Repair Development Team.
Berkis has 17 years of industry experience including nine years with StandardAero. David Haines, senior vice president of Cadorath said that Berkis’ experience on Rolls-Royce 250, T56 and Bell Helicopter would be valuable to the company.