Cool City Avionics has announced management changes that reflect the progress being made in the certification of its various SAS and autopilot systems for the helicopter and fixed-wing markets.
Jeffrey Kelly has been named chairman, president and CEO of Cool City Avionics. Kelly has been President of Kelly Aerospace since 2002 and will retain that position as well as his new position with Cool City. Kelly has an MBA from the University of Alabama and has more than 20 years of experience in the aviation manufacturing businesses owned by Kelly Aerospace. He has a strong aviation business background and has been involved in some 39 company sales and acquisitions. Kelly is an instrument-rated pilot and flies his own turboprop aircraft.
James Irwin, a co-founder of Cool City, has been promoted to chief technical officer and will direct all engineering and certification programs. Irwin is also a member of the board of directors. Irwin is a helicopter and fixed-wing CFI with more than 10,000 flight hours and is also a Vietnam veteran. His decades of autopilot design and certification expertise is recognized throughout the aviation industry. He was also a founder of S-Tec Corporation, manufacturers of fixed-wing autopilots.
Rick Milburn, a seasoned veteran of the aviation industry, has filled the role of VP of sales and marketing and is a member of the board of directors. Milburn has a long history in the avionics sales industry as well as aircraft sales. He owns Milburn & Associates, Inc., an aircraft brokerage and consulting company. Prior to that, he spent 22 years as VP/partner of JA Air Center/JA Aero, Inc., a large Chicago-based sales and service center and aircraft sales dealership.