People August 2011

By Staff Writer | August 1, 2011
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Larry Alexandre is the new president of Heli-One, replacing Neil Calvert. Calvert is retiring after a 30-year career and will remain with the company in an advisory role. Alexandre was previously CEO of Sagem Avionics and was also the chief operating officer for Turbomeca.

Alexandria, Va.-based Helicopter Association Intl (HAI) has selected Karen Gebhart as vice president of business development and expositions. She will have responsibility for planning and oversight of Heli-Expo and other trade shows. Gebhart was most recently president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation. She had been with AOPA in a variety of leadership roles for more than 16 years.

Col. David Eadie has been named as the UK regional director for Cubic Defense Applications. He will replace Brig. David Williams, who is retiring. Eadie will supervise all business development, programs and marketing in the UK. He was honored as the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2010 for his service with the British Army in Afghanistan.


FAA has chosen David Grizzle as its chief operating officer of the Air Traffic Organization. Grizzle was formerly FAA chief counsel and came to the organization after 22 years with Continental Airlines.

Portland, Ore.-based Flightcom has appointed Reed Stager as executive vice president. Stager was most recently CEO of Pinnacle Licensing Group, a San Francisco-based technology licensing company, and has almost 30 years of experience in high-technology marketing and business development. Stager has also held executive and management positions with Digimarc, Merant, In Focus Systems, Tektronix and Mentor Graphics.

Milestone Aviation Group has added Brian Humphries to its advisory board. Humphries is currently chairman of the British Helicopter Association and president and CEO of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).

Marija Zink, a specialist with the 8th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment station in Camp Taji, Iraq has received a battlefield promotion to sergeant for her work as a production control clerk for the Flying Tigers. As a production clerk, Zink assists with managing maintenance for over 50 aircraft from four battalions.

Atlanta, Ga.-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has promoted Ketan Desai to vice president of sales and marketing. Desai was previously director of sales and marketing.

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