People May 2011

By Staff Writer | May 1, 2011
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Bell Helicopter has promoted Mitch Snyder to executive vice president of its Military Programs segment. He will oversee all activities for the division and joins the executive leadership and global leadership teams of Bell and Textron, respectively. Previously vice president and program manager for the V-22, Snyder replaces Robert Kenney, who will retire in June.

Frank Graham is the new director of commercial business development for Air Methods’ Products division. His responsibilities include both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, including the EMS, police, SAR, utility, corporate and special mission markets. Graham comes from LifePort, where he was most recently COO of its Air Medical and Aircraft Seating units.

The International Association of Flight Paramedics (IAFP) has given its Tim Hynes Flight Paramedic of the Year award to Patrick Auger, a critical care paramedic for Ornge of Ottawa, Canada. Ornge operates a fleet of 11 Sikorsky S-76Ds and ordered a total of 10 AgustaWestland AW139s, the first of which went into service in December 2010.


Steven Weinert, director of maintenance at Uniflight Northeast in Grand Prairie, Texas, has obtained FAA designated airworthiness representative–technical (DAR-T) certification. The qualification gives Uniflight the ability to issue original, recurrent, standard and special airworthiness certificates for U.S. and international-built aircraft, as well as experimental and restricted category aircraft.

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) has hired Greg Martin as vice president of business development for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He is based at the company’s European headquarters at Farnborough Airport in the UK. Martin’s previous experience includes working for BBA Group, StandardAero and Parker Hannifan.

The board of directors of Corpus Christi, Texas-based HALO-Flight has appointed Tom Klassen as executive director. He succeeds Randy Rowe, executive director of the nonprofit EMS organization since 2003. Klassen joined HALO-Flight in 2010 as director of operations.

Vector Aerospace Corp. has named David George sales and service manager for military programs. An ATP-rated pilot and instructor, George has amassed more than 8,000 hours in helicopters. He is a member of Helicopter Association International and a former U.S. Army aviation operations and safety officer. George was previously director of technology and business development at an aerospace manufacturing company.

Michael Dill is the new group vice president for Circor Aerospace. He succeeds Christopher Celtruda, who has taken a position as president of Gardner Denver’s Industrial Products group. Dill was previously vice president of business development and strategy for Circor Aerospace.

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