People April 2013

By Staff Writer | April 1, 2013
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CAE has hired Denny Brisley for the newly created position of director for operations in Washington, D.C. She will carry out the senior executive role for CAE in the region, supporting its Defense and Security business unit, as well as government relations. Brisley comes from SIAC, where she was a senior market development executive. She also served as an expert at the Office of Secretary of Defense, and worked as director of maritime domain awareness at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. Brisley is a U.S. Navy Reserve captain in Intelligence and the Information Dominance Corps. She is the recipient of the Secretary of the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service award, and multiple military decorations.

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is designating a pair of its current executives to lead the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST). James Viola of FAA’s Flight Standards division will serve as co-chair as the government representative and Bill Chiles, president and CEO of Bristow Group, is the industry co-chair of USHST.

StandardAero’s Helicopters division in Winnipeg has hired Chad Kaatz as director of engineering. He will be based in Winnipeg but assist each of the company’s worldwide helicopter sites, including the three Canadian locations (the other two are Montreal and Vancouver), as well as global locations in Charlotte, N.C., Sydney, Australia and Singapore. Kaatz, who comes from Boeing Canada, will oversee engineering tech support and engine repairs.


Brian Dannewitz is the new president of Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company. He previously worked as vice president of aftermarket support services for Elbit Systems of America/M7 Aerospace. Following service as an aircraft maintainer with the U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve, Dannewitz has worked in leadership positions with companies such as United Technologies Corp’s Pratt & Whitney, Northwest Airlines, Midway Airlines and AAR Defense Systems.

LCR Electronics or Norristown, Pa. has appointed John Long as vice president of its Integrated Systems business unit. He replaces Rinaldo Minicucci, who is planning to retire after 14 years working for the company. Minicucci initially joined LCR Electronics in 1999 as vice president of sales and marketing, and took over the Integrated Systems division when the company purchased Malco Technologies in 2003. Long was most recently director of product management for Radisys.

Fargo, N.D.-based Spectrum Aeromed director of engineering Justin Mahler recently received a “40 Most Influential People under 40” award from a North Dakota-based publication. Mahler started working at Spectrum Aeromed in 2007. He is also Spectrum’s Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for the FAA. According to Spectrum Aeromed, Mahler is one of the youngest DERs in the United States.

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