People November 2013

By Staff Writer | November 1, 2013
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The board of directors of Russian Helicopters has promoted Alexander Mikheev to CEO. He replaces Dmitry Petrov, who will take a role within Rostec State Corp. Russian Helicopters is a subsidiary of Oboronprom, which is part of Rostec. Mikheev is the former deputy CEO of Rosoboronexport, a division of conglomerate Russian Helicopters.

Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov noted in a statement that the strategy for Russian Helicopters “targets an increase in global market share to 18-20 percent from the current 14 percent by 2020, including by expanding its presence in the CIS, China, India, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.” That includes a goal of producing 470 helicopters annually by 2020, with revenue projected at around 240 billion rubles.

Mike Atwood received the NIGHTCON Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s convention in Dallas, Texas. Atwood, who is CEO of Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU), was nominated for his work in helping to develop and advance the use of civil night vision goggles in civil aviation. “Mike truly has pioneered the use of NVGs in the civilian world not only in North America, but also throughout the world,” said ASU President Jim Winkel.



Rebtech has hired Curtis Ar- nold as completions manager based in Bedford, Texas. Arnold has more than 21 years of aviation experience, holding an A&P maintenance certificate with IA authorization and a commercial pilot certificate with single and multi-engine instrument airplane ratings.

Bristow Group has appointed Steve Predmore as vice president and chief safety officer for the company’s global operations regarding safety, safety auditing, health and environmental issues. Predmore has 11 years of aviation industry experience with JetBlue Airways as vice president and chief safety officer, and a further six as director safety performance and quality with Delta Air Lines. His last position was senior vice president of safety for MV Transportation. He has also served with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Management Advisory Committee to the FAA administrator.

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) has appointed six people to its management team: Robert Van de Vuurst, general counsel; Peter Dahm, strategic accounts executive; Dave Gorsky, vice president of operations and technical; Ken Dowling, vice president of financial reporting and business planning; Marc Schechter, vice president of risk and analytics; and Todd Wolynski, vice president of legal and associate general counsel.

Peter Bull has joined the advisory board of helicopter leasing organization Milestone Aviation Group. Bull has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of posts covering aircraft maintenance, leasing, asset management, risk consulting and continuing airworthiness. He arrives from Airclaims, where he was executive director responsible for worldwide aviation risk and asset management. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Management Institute.

EADS has made three further senior nominations for its future Defense & Space division. They are: Pilar Albiac-Murillo, who becomes executive vice president operations and will lead the transformation of Airbus Defense & Space; Christian Scherer who takes the post of executive vice president sales and marketing; and Lars Immisch, who will be the division’s executive vice president for HR.

Aubrey Point has replaced Peter Dahm as vice president helicopters at Avinco. Point has been with the company since 2006, before which he gained management experience in sales and support with Eurocopter in Thailand, Hong Kong and China.

Lease Corporation International (LCI) is looking to newly appointed Mark Kelly to lead its marketing across the EMEA. Kelly’s title is vice president of marketing and he will be based in Dublin, Ireland. An experienced helicopter pilot, Kelly will address both marketing and business development issues. His previous position was managing director of CHC, Ireland, where his main responsibility was the safe, efficient and compliant operation of the search & rescue service for the Irish Coast Guard. As a SAR commander, Kelly flew over 250 missions including receiving an award for his part in one rescue mission.

Circor Aerospace Products has promoted Daniel Godin to vice president of operations for North America. Godin has been general manager for the New York and Ohio facilities since 2008, where he was responsible for business and financial profitability, operations, supply chain and team management, as well as driving strategic growth initiatives.

Rockwell Collins president Kelly Ortberg has been given the additional role of CEO by the organization’s board of directors. He has also been appointed to the board and to the board’s Executive Committee. Ortberg succeeds Clay Jones, 64, who retired as CEO after nearly 34 years with the company. Jones will continue as non-executive chairman. Ortberg joined Rockwell Collins in 1987 and became president in September 2012.

Bell Helicopter has made additions to its executive leadership team. Gunnar Kleveland becomes senior vice president of integrated operations; Dr. Cathy Ferrie will serve as senior vice president of engineering; and Matt Hasik is senior vice president for commercial programs. Kleveland, Ferrie and Hasik will succeed Pete Riley and Jeff Lowinger.

The Alliance for Aviation Across America has appointed Mark Baker as the new president of the Aircraft Operators and Pilots Association (AOPA). Baker replaces Craig Fuller, outgoing president of AOPA, who has led the organization for the last five years. Baker is a pilot and has been president of several companies.

EagleMed has named Chuck Welch as national director of new business development. He reports to EagleMed president Larry Bugg. Welch will be responsible for managing the company’s fixed-wing and rotor wing business development activities throughout the United States.


Coming Events

Dec. 2–5: Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), Orlando, Fla. Contact I/ITSEC, phone 1-703-247-2569 and 1-703-247-9840 or visit www.iitsec.org


Feb. 24–27, 2014: Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo 2014, Anaheim, Calif. Contact HAI, phone 1-703-683-4646 or visit www.rotor.org


March 12-15: HAircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention and Trade Show, Nashville, Tenn. Contact AEA, phone 1-816-347-8400 or visit www.aea.net


May 4–6: Quad-A Annual Convention, Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tenn. Contact HAI, phone 1-203-268-2450 or visit www.quad-a.org


July 19–20: Farnborough International Airshow, Farnborough, UK. Visit www.farnborough.com


Sept. 17–19: ATC Global, Beijing, China. Contact ATC Global, phone +44 (0) 207 921 8149 or visit www.atcglobalhub.com

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