AgustaWestland Philadelphia has appointed Michael Hotze as vice president, customer support and training. He will manage product support engineering, technical representatives, customer support managers, the fleet operations center (24/7 AOG help desk), Part 145, and customer training. Hotze previously worked in customer support at Bell Helicopter for 24 years, both for the domestic and international markets.
Metro Aviation has selected two new directors. Jim Arthur joins as director of operations while Mark Breton takes up the role of director of maintenance. Arthur comes from California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) where he was aviation training manager and, most recently, director of operations. Having recently contracted for six new EC135 helicopters from Metro, Arthur’s experience will be valued in customer relationships and managing flight operations. Breton has over 25 years experience in the aviation industry with a long list of licenses and certifications. Most recently he was vice president and director of maintenance for the Air Medical Resource Group.
Glen Girard has joined the Helicopter Flight Training Center as assistant director of training from Bristow U.S., where he was flight safety manager. His responsibilities will be concerned with instruction for ground and simulators, crew and air medical resource management, course development and records review. He has over 15,000 hours experience and has trained both military and civil pilots.
Daniel Korte has replaced long-time chief executive officer Ronald Saks after he retired from LMI Aerospace in mid-March. Korte is the former president of defense aerospace at Rolls-Royce. Saks said that as a board member (non-executive chairman) he would continue to offer advice to Korte and the management team. Under Saks’s 30-year leadership, LMI has grown into a premier supplier of complex sheet metal and high speed machined components with revenues of over $400 million and more than 2,400 employees based at several facilities.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. has restructured its senior management team making Peter Cutler (above) vice president of customer support, reporting directly to president and CEO Marc Paganini. Cutler will oversee all customer support functions for both the government and commercial business segments. Treg Manning becomes vice president of sales and marketing, responsible for all U.S. sales and marketing for both the commercial and military markets, including sales of aftermarket services and products. Manning had been VP of commercial sales since 2011.