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People March 2012

By Staff Writer | March 1, 2012
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UK-based Step Change in Safety has appointed Bristow Helicopters Capt. Tim Glasspool as co-chairman of its Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG). Glasspool is the head of flight operations for the European business unit at Bristow and is a member of the British Helicopter Association (BHA)’s Council of Management. He also represents the European Helicopter Association (EHA) as a member of the Safety Standards Consultative Committee (SSCC) for EASA.

Twirly Birds, the helicopter pilot organization, awarded the 2012 Les Morris Award to Elfan Ap Rees (right) during Heli-Expo 2012. Ap Rees is the founder of The Helicopter Museum in Somerset, England and is a noted author, historian and pilot. Following his first helicopter flight in 1960, Ap Rees became a pilot and has flown in more than 80 helicopter types.

Christophe Tourné has joined Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) as global marketing manager of the aerospace for the process systems business unit. Tourné will oversee the development of customized high-performance technologies and comes to SGPPL from KAPPA Optronics, where he was a key account manager and sales engineer.


Montreal, Canada-based Presagis has named Jean-Michel Brière vice president of sales, marketing and client services. Brière was previously with 20-20 Technologies as vice president of marketing and partnership development. Brière will be in charge of global marketing efforts at Presagis.

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International (PHPA)’s pilot member, Captain Jay Slagel, received the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Pilot of the Year award during Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas. Slagel was honored for landing a Sikorsky S-92 with 18 passengers aboard after the helicopter experienced a tail-rotor failure. PHPA also elected Steven Rush as its next president. Rush is one of the founders of the PHPA Council and is president of Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 102. Rush has more than 12,000 flight hours and 8,000 simulator hours. Rush replaces former PHPA president Capt. Butch Grafton, who served in that role since the organization’s inception in 2002.

Robert Laird has joined AAR as vice president of business development for the Asia Pacific region. Laird will be responsible for directing growth and company expansion for AAR in Asia. Laird was previously the vice president of Asia sales for Boeing, and comes to AAR with 30 years of experience in the aviation industry.

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