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Rotorcraft Report: People

By Staff Writer | December 1, 2006
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FlightSafety International has promoted Ralph Hicks (right) center manager of its Daleville and Dothan, Ala. Learning Centers. He replaces Britt Hoskins, who has retired from FlightSafety after 20 years of service. A 20-year U.S. Army veteran, Hicks has served at the Daleville and Dothan centers since joining the company in 1985. He holds a commercial pilot’s license, with single and multi-engine ratings, and is a certified flight instructor. He has more than 6,000 hr in rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft and more than 3,000 hr of instructor time.

Cougar Helicopter has named its first offshore female helicopter captain. Zoe Webb, who got hooked on helicopters after her first ride at age eight in her home town of Webb’s Bay, Labrador, accepted her four bars Oct. 26 from Rick Burt, general manager of St. John’s, Nova Scotia-based Cougar. The unit of VIH Aviation Group that serves oil and gas fields offshore has 115 employees, including 27 pilots. Webb is one of only two female pilots.

Jim Di Giovanna has joined AerCorp Aviation Ltd. as director of technical consulting, overseeing all of AerCorp’s professional services and technical consulting programs. Prior to joining AerCorp, Jim was a captain with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. He was assigned to the Aero Bureau from 1989 until his retirement in 2006. Additionally, he retired as a colonel and Master Army Aviator from the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard in 2001 after 35 years of military service.


Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc.’s president and CEO, David Groen, has been elected chairman of the board of directors. His brother Jay had served with distinction as chairman until his death on Oct. 9.

Turbomeca has appointed Philippe Couteaux vice president of aero engines, responsible for the company’s product strategy, marketing and sale of new engines, program management activities, global commercial policy for OEM sales and aftermarket, as well as management of the worldwide network of representation. He succeeds Yves Mazoyer, who has been appointed to a new role in the Safran Group.

EADS North America has named Samuel D. Wyman 3rd to lead development of its U.S. homeland security business activity. As vice president of homeland security programs, Wyman is responsible for further evolving EADS North America’s contribution to security and homeland defense. He has extensive military, government and industry experience, including combat service as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, a senior policy analyst in the White House Science Office, a deputy office director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, along with corporate management assignments with General Dynamics, BEI Defense Systems and the Harris Corp.

A British Royal Air Force search and rescue crew has been honored for their life saving acts. Flight Lts. Dave Kenyon, 36, Duncan Tough, 28, and Dave Spain, 51, along with Sgt. Andy Elwood, 36, all from ‘C’ Flight, 22 Sqdn. RAF based on Anglesey, received the Vodafone Life Savers Awards for saving the crew of a yacht adrift in gale force winds and enormous seas in the Irish Sea.

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