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By Staff Writer | June 1, 2012
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AHS Elects New Board Directors 

Bell Helicopter President & CEO John Garrison

American Helicopter Society International (AHS) has elected new directors and officers for the period covering July 1 through June 30, 2013. Stephen Mundt, vice president of business development for EADS North America, is the new chair and Bell Helicopter President & CEO John Garrison (pictured) will serve as president of the board of directors. Ed Birtwell, general manger at GE Aviation, takes the role of treasurer, and Boeing’s Dan Newman, senior technical fellow for new product development, will become the new AHS technical director.


Four regional vice presidents and directors-at-large were also elected. Stanley Orr of Boeing was selected as Mideast regional vice president; the position of Southeast regional vice president went to Ming Lau from the U.S. Army AATW; Mike Shaw of Bell Helicopter was named Southwest regional vice president with Barry Lakinsmith of U.S. Army AFDD rounding out the four as Western regional vice president.

The corresponding directors-at-large include Marc Sheffler, retired from Boeing for the Midwest; Karen Jackson of NASA Langley for the Southeast; Bell Helicopter’s Catherine Ferrie for the Southwest and Larry Plaster, formerly with Boeing, directing the Western regions.

Syms, Alexander Launch HeliExperts

Raymond A. Syms & Associates has joined forces with RJ Alexander Consulting to create a heliport services firm, HeliExperts International.

Ray Syms’ firm has provided design, legal, operational and regulatory advice for clients out of its Long Branch, N.J. location for 40 years. Syms is also a pilot with more than 10,000 flight hours.

RJ Alexander Consulting, owned by Rex Alexander, specializes in education, operations and safety training for air medical, helicopter and heliport industries.

Alexander has 25 years of aviation experience including with air medical, military and offshore operations, and is the former president of the National EMS Pilot Association. 


Jean-Brice Dumont (at left) has succeeded Jean-Michel Biling as chief technical officer and head of engineering for Eurocopter. Dumont led the EC225 program prior to this appointment and was previously the chief engineer for the NH90. Dumont will also join the Eurocopter Executive Committee as a member.

Eurocopter also added Christoph Müller (right) as head of communications for Eurocopter Germany. Müller will report to Cécile Vion-Lanctuit, vice president of corporate communications for the Eurocopter Group. Müller was previously with German land system manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) as head of corporate communications and strategy.

The National Association of Flight Instructors has inducted Rudy Frasca into the NAFI Flight Instructor Hall of Fame. Frasca is the founder of Frasca International.

FlightSafety International has promoted Nancy Ritter to manager of FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Fla. Ritter replaces the outgoing Daniel Greenhill. Ritter has been with FlightSafety since her graduation from FlightSafety Academy in 1994 and was previously the assistant manager overseeing all Part 141,142 and 61 flight training.

FlightSafety has also placed Jeremy Pisell in the role as assistant manager of its Learning Center in Tucson, Ariz. Pisell has been with the company since 2006 as an instructor at the Dallas Learning Center. He was most recently the director of training for FlightSafety’s Fort Worth Bell Helicopter Training Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Lori Gobillot has taken a seat on the board of directors for the Bristow Group. Gobillot, formerly with United Airlines, will serve on the Compensation Committee.

North American Aircraft Services (NAAS) has added two new staff members to its team. David Watson is the new chief financial officer and John Bullen (left) is director of sales and marketing. Watson was previously the president and CFO for Aircraft on the Ground, Inc., which was acquired by NAAS. Prior to joining NAAS, Bullen worked with Greenwich AeroGroup.

Christophe Tourné is the new aerospace global marketing manager of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Process Systems business unit. Tourné will oversee global aerospace strategy coordination and development for Saint-Gobain. Before joining the company, Tourné was the key account manager and sales engineer at KAPPA Optronics.

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