People December 2013

By Staff Writer | December 1, 2013
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FlightSafety International (FSI) has promoted Ron Ladnier (left)to vice president of FlightSafety Services Corp., replacing Mike Sangster, who will continue to serve as a consultant through 2013.

From 2011 Ladnier had been director of Military Business Development with responsibility for working with government and military agencies worldwide to identify and provide training and simulation equipment solutions.

Previously a Major General in the U.S. Air Force (USAF), Ladnier commanded the first squadron to operate C-17s, a C-141 operations group, and a KC-135 air refueling wing. He also led the Air Force’s center that directed worldwide flights of its fleet of cargo and tanker aircraft. His Air Force career culminated with leading the 17th Air Force, which oversaw activities in Africa. He has more than 4,700 hours as a pilot and instructor flying C-141A/B, C-17A, KC-135R (Boeing 707) and C-21 (Learjet 35) aircraft.


In additional FlightSafety news, John Forsythe has been appointed the primary simulator technician for FSI simulators at the Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, La. Part of Metro Aviation and FSI, Forsythe will provide daily technical support for the simulators.

Retiring from USAF in October this year, he closed his career as production superintendent and Maintenance Operations Center superintendent. With a degree in Professional Aeronautics, he is currently completing his FAA Airframe and Power Plant Certification.

Jeremy Mammen, an alumnus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is now the Flight Department’s director of Aviation Safety at the campus at Daytona Beach, Fla.

Mammen will develop safety procedures and policies, maintain his department’s aviation emergency response procedures guide and analyze incident and accident data for safety reports used to train staff and design new programs.

He has worked for Aerosim as manager of Flight Safety, as well as a certified flight/check instructor and a courseware developer. He was also a member of the Runway Safety Action Group and Noise Abatement Committee for Sanford International Airport.

Colleen Back is now business aviation market segment champion for BLR Aerospace, responsible for organization’s global network of authorized dealers. She will focus on the structure and policies for continued growth.

Back’s interest in aviation led her to a series of senior management positions within business aviation, including vice president of sales and marketing for West Star Aviation, as well as vice president of National Aircraft Services sales for Greenwich AeroGroup. Back is an instrument-rated pilot and active in professional aviation organizations.

Greenwich Aero Group has appointed Jim Meier as its new vice president of government business development. Meier has 33 years of aviation industry experience in a variety of business sectors. He has acted as a registered federal lobbyist. Most recently, he served as a consultant and prior to that as Sabreliner’s senior vice president of Aviation Services. Meier assumed his duties with Greenwich AeroGroup in mid-October.

American Eurocopter has named Samuel Adcock to as vice president – general manager of its production plant in Columbus, Miss. Adcock assumed this role at the beginning of October. He will oversee all operations at the Mississippi plant and report directly to president and CEO Marc Paganini.

“Sam will guide our Columbus operation as we continue to serve our U.S. government customers and prepare to expand our production for the commercial helicopter market,” noted Paganini in a statement.

Earl Walker, currently senior director and general manager in Columbus, becomes senior director, government relations and will report to Adcock.

At the end of October, Vadim Ligay, general director of Kazan Helicopters was awarded the Order of Honor by Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation at a ceremony held in the Catherine Hall of the Kremlin. Ligay started at Kazan Helicopters in 1976 as a design engineer. In June 1998, he was appointed deputy general director for commercial issues and from June 2002 had property management and commercial director added. In 2007 he was promoted to general director of Kazan Helicopters.

The Order of Honor is awarded for great achievements in services to the state, industry and scientific research, as well as in the fields of socio-cultural, public and charitable work.

Among other members of Kazan Helicopters that were honored were Rinat Valiullin, aircraft mechanic and assembler, who was given the Order of Merit to the Fatherland, 2nd class; and Arkady Moiseev, test pilot, who gained the honorary title of Merited Test Pilot of the Russian Federation.



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