Rolls-Royce has named Martin Fausset the new managing director of its Defence Aerospace business, based in Bristol, the United Kingdom. Fausset joins Rolls-Royce from AgustaWestland where he was program director responsible for the Lynx, Apache and EH101.

Brett Gardner has joined MD Helicopters, Inc. as central regional sales manager. He most recently was the Midwest regional marketing manager with American Eurocopter, and previously held positions in domestic and international sales, business development, and aftermarket support with Bell Helicopter, Texas Aviation Services, and Aerospatiale Helicopter Corp.

The board of directors of Finmeccanica has nominated Lord Bach of Lutterworth as non-executive chairman of Selex Sensors & Airborne Systems S.p.A. He was the United Kingdom Minister for Defence Procurement from 2001 to 2005. The company has two main operating subsidiaries, Galileo Avionica S.p.A. (Italy) and Selex Sensors & Airborne Systems Ltd. (UK), with over 4,000 employees in the United Kingdom. Giancarlo Grasso has been appointed chief executive officer.


REACH Air Medical Services has named retired U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Paul Langlois as its director of aviation, responsible for overseeing REACH's aviation and maintenance departments (including its fleet of 16 emergency medical aircraft, 38 pilots and 30 maintenance technicians.) He is based at REACH's headquarters in Santa Rosa, Calif.

The U.S. Senate on Sept. 30 confirmed Mary E. Peters as President Bush's second secretary of Transportation. She succeeds Norman Mineta, who resigned in July.

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. has appointed John Saabas as executive vice president and Benoît Brossoit as senior vice president, Service Centers and Operations. Saabas will be responsible for engineering, operations, quality, service centers, customer support and marketing. Previously senior vice president, engineering and operations, he has been with P&WC since 1985. Reporting to Saabas, Brossoit will provide leadership and strategic direction to the P&WC Service Center network as well as P&WC's manufacturing operations and supply chain activities worldwide.

David A. George has joined Simplex Manufacturing as director of sales. Prior to taking the newly created position, George served as vice president of rotorcraft at BLR Aerospace.

Scott Selle has been appointed president of Fairchild Controls Corp., which develops, produces and supports power conversion and control electronics, environmental control systems and turbo-machinery for military and commercial customers worldwide. He is to oversee all strategy and business operations, and also is a member of the board of directors.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. has promoted Jens C. Hennig to director of operations. He was previously manager of operations. Prior to joining GAMA in 2003, Hennig was manager of flight operations with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Dallas Airmotive has made several appointments. The company promoted Jim Blasingame to senior director of sales. He had been director of sales for Honeywell Programs. In his new role, he will be responsible for all North American sales activity for Honeywell TFE731 and APU, Rolls-Royce Spey and Tay, and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW300 engines. The company also named Matt Hussey as general manager of its Lafayette, La. component repair facility, where he will be responsible for day-to-day operations. He had been director of repair engineering and product development. In addition, Dallas Airmotive named Steve Barlage as Rolls-Royce regional engine manager for the Northeastern United States. The company also named Daniel McLandsborough as Pratt & Whitney Canada regional engine manager for the North Central United States.

James E. Newby IV has joined Heads Up Technologies as director of engineering. He will manage the company's overall design and development processes.

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