By Staff Writer | March 1, 2016
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Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics appointed Marc Medeiros as director of sales. Medeiros will lead the company’s sales strategy and manage its sales team. He has 20 years experience in the industry and previously held the same position at Rockwell Collins since 2012.


CybAero board member Claes Drougge has been appointed chairman again after its previous chairman, Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, stepped down earlier this year after a month. Drougge had previously been the board’s chairman since 2009.


Steve Gross has been promoted to SVP of FlightSafety International’s commercial unit. He is tasked with managing its business aviation and regional airline training sales activities. Gross joined FlightSafety in 1996 and was most recently VP of sales. He earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation administration and has a commercial pilot license with instrument rating.


New management at Cool City Avionics includes Jeffrey Kelly as chairman, president and CEO, James Irwin as chief technical officer and Rick Milburn as VP of sales and marketing. Kelly simultaneously has been president of his business, Kelly Aerospace, since 2002. Irwin, who co-founded Cool City, will direct all engineering and certification programs. Milburn owns Milburn & Associates, Inc., an aircraft brokerage and consulting company. These changes reflect progress in certification of the company’s SAS and autopilot systems.


Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Ltd.’s new CEO is retired Maj. Gen. Yoav Har Even, replacing former CEO Yedidia Yaari. Har Even served in the Israel Defense Forces for 31 years, most recently as head of its operations branch. Har Even earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science as well as a master’s degree.


Matt Hayes leads Oryx Aviation Consulting’s operations team. The company formed in response to helideck and helipad regulations implemented by the General Civil Aviation Authority in the United Arab Emirates. Hayes is a commercial helicopter pilot, aviation auditor and helideck inspector.

Taking over as commanding officer at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington is Capt. Geoffrey Moore, who last served as commanding officer of a helicopter anti-submarine squadron in San Diego.

Babcock International Group PLC appointed Victoire de Margerie as an independent non-executive director of its board. De Margerie has previously served as a non-executive director and held senior management positions in various other European companies.


Lobo Leasing appointed Mark Kelly as executive VP and managing director. Kelly will lead the company’s global headquarters in Dublin. He previously served as VP of marketing at Lease Corporation International. He is a helicopter pilot with experience particularly in search and rescue.


Amela Wilson has been named VP of the sensor and fire control solutions business unit at Elbit Systems of America, LLC. An electrical engineer, Wilson previously was sector VP at L-3 Aerospace Systems. She is now tasked with building relationships with customers and industry partners.


Air medical equipment manufacturer Spectrum Aeromed’s owner and CEO, Dean Atchison, has been appointed to serve on the North Dakota District Export Council, which is made up of volunteers from local businesses that provide international business advice to local firms.

John Parnell joined Sloane Helicopters as director of sales and marketing. Parnell started as a U.K. military helicopter pilot. Previously, he was the U.K. and Ireland head of region for AgustaWestland/Finmeccanica.

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