Rotorcraft Report: People

By Staff Writer | August 1, 2008
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Cmdr. Christopher Heaney assumed command of the U.S. Navy’s Helicopter Training Sqdn 8 from Cmdr. Kevin Kropp during a late-June ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola, Fla. Cmdr. Michael Fisher assumed the duties of executive officer. Based at NAS Whiting Field, Fla., HT-8 is the Navy’s oldest helicopter squadron.

Century CRM added two new instructors to its staff: Gary Hale and Paul Clarke. Both are highly experienced pilots with extensive backgrounds in crew, as well as single-pilot operations. They each bring in excess of 15,000 flying hours to the classroom. Hale started his flying career in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot in a KC-135 aerial refueling squadron. After graduating from the Air Force Academy, Clarke started his aviation career flying in an operational USAF F-16 fighter squadron.

West Star Aviation made several hiring announcements: Cheryl Galloway joined the company as a program sales manager. Galloway brings several years of aircraft maintenance sales experience to her new position, she obtained an aviation degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and holds an A&P license. She will be located in the Cary, N.C. office. Dan McKillips(right) joined the company as a regional sales manager. McKillips will be responsible for the U.S. Southeast, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. McKillips has more than 11 years of experience in the aviation industry. Prior to accepting the position at West Star, he worked as the director of maintenance for Acxiom. Rick Brainard was appointed VP of sales. He will manage all sales operations for the company’s facilities in Grand Junction, Colo., East Alton, Ill., Dallas, Texas, and Hiawatha, Iowa. Ryan Malutinok was appointed interior/paint manager for the company. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of paint, upholstery, wood and finish at the East Alton facility.


Ken Di Lillo joined REACH Medical Holdings as CFO. Di Lillo will direct all financial responsibilities of REACH, from treasury and financial reporting to analysis. His main focus will be to expand the company’s funding structure to support future growth and to develop the finance team. Gary Feldman, REACH’s new business development director, has experience in strategic marketing and business development. Feldman will be responsible for all business development, including the establishment of new program operations and strategic health partnerships for the company’s medical transport services. Feldman will also develop REACH’s Partnership Integration programs and hybrid air medical transport programs specifically branded and designed for tertiary health care systems. Rhoann Ponseti, director of marketing, joined REACH following a career in the advertising and marketing fields. Ponseti will oversee all aspects of the company’s branding, expanding the company’s membership program as well as marketing and advertising needs in each of the communities REACH and Air Angels serves.

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