By Staff Writer | July 1, 2015

James Walker

Greenwich AeroGroup has named James Walker VP and general manager of Professional Aviation Associates. Having begun his aviation career as a first lieutenant and air traffic control officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Walker has held leadership positions at United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and AlliedSignal Aerospace.  Most recently, he was president and founder of Worthington Aviation.

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has appointed Todd Freeman as senior vice president and regional manager for the Middle East, Africa and Russia/CIS. He will oversee five regional sales offices that serve more than 50 airline customers and manage over 300 leased aircraft. Most recently, Freeman managed the regional aircraft portfolio at GECAS and played an important role in its entry into helicopter and turboprop leasing and financing.


John Bain, a founder of the New Zealand rescue air ambulance charity Northland Emergency Services Trust, and Pete Masters, a longtime pilot for the Taupo Rescue Helicopter, have been named members of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Queen Elizabeth established the order of chivalry in 1996 to recognize outstanding service “to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity.” Bain was honored for his contributions to the Northland community for more than 35 years through a number of sports boards and the regional council. Masters has been a member of the Tongariro Taupo Conservation Board and served as its chair for more than 11 years. He also led the formation of Bike Taupo in 2004 and has overseen the development of 125 miles of mountain biking trails in the region.

Steve Bandy

Airbus Helicopters has appointed John Roth as senior director of Government Programs and Terry Eichman as leader of the Customer Training Center. Roth is now responsible for management of the U.S. Army UH-72A Lakota program and for overseeing all other U.S. government programs, including support of the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and other federal agencies. Eichman, who had been sales manager for Training and Services, will now be responsible for development and support of training for both commercial and government programs.

Columbia Helicopters has promoted Steve Bandy to SVP of Operations. He had been VP of Operations since 2012. In addition to his current responsibilities for the Flight and Operations departments, he will assume leadership of the Maintenance and the Quality, Engineering and Supply Chain departments. A Columbia employee since 1989, he has also worked as a copilot, command pilot, assistant chief pilot, chief pilot and director of Flight Operations.

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