People in Aviation: February 2004
Mark King is the new president and CEO of International Aero Engines. King joined the company from Rolls-Royce, where he was executive v-p for airlines. He succeeded Steve Heath, who has returned to Pratt & Whitney as v-p of commercial engine programs and technical support.
John “Cub” Marion is Cessna’s v-p of Textron Six Sigma and is one of eight members on Cessna’s leadership team. Marion is responsible for leading the expansion and acceleration of current and new Textron Six Sigma projects. He joined Cessna from General Electric.
Chesterfield, Mo.-based JetBrokers promoted Jeremy Cox to the newly created position of vice president. He was v-p of sales.
Timothy McCole is the new general manager at Signature Flight Support’s Baltimore/Washington International Airport facility. McCole has been with the company since 1992, when he joined Signature as a line-service technician at the company’s Westchester County Airport facility in White Plains, N.Y.
Richard Van Thiel is the new vice president of completion design and sales support at Gulfstream. He was promoted from director of completion sales for the G300, G400 and G450. Van Thiel replaced Curtis VanNice, who retired.
Norwell, Mass.-based Sentient Jet named Jennifer Guckel to COO and Bradford Drew to v-p of sales. Guckel was promoted from v-p of logistics. Drew was most recently group v-p of American Express Financial Advisors.
Safire Aircraft named Leonard Maniscalco v-p of finance. He was previously executive director of finance for Noven Pharmaceuticals in Miami.
FlightSafety International promoted Michael Lee to v-p of technology and compliance, J. Scott Hunter to manager of the Teterboro, N.J. learning center, Tom Mahoney to v-p of government relations and Tom Booth to manager of the Columbus, Ohio Learning Center.
PrivatAir named Isabelle de Melo as its CFO. Based at the company’s headquarters in Geneva, she will be responsible for coordinating PrivatAir’s financial affairs worldwide. Since 1998, de Melo worked as a financial advisor to various high-tech companies and was also involved in real estate and financial portfolio management.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Thrust-Tech Aviation named Mike Salapack general manager. He was most recently director of aftermarket sales and operations for Electromech Technologies in Wichita.
Atlantic Aviation has announced new hires at the company’s recently acquired New Orleans FBOs, located at New Orleans International Airport and Lakefront Airport. Ronnie Crouch was named general manager for both locations. He was previously the director of operations for General Aviation Corp. Traci Fremin is the new director of customer development for both the international airport and Lakefront Airport locations. She was most recently the customer-service manager at Million Air’s Lakefront FBO. Brenda Smith is customer service manager for Atlantic’s Lakefront Airport location. She was previously a customer-service representative for Million Air’s Lakefront Airport FBO.
Stan Mackiewicz joined NATA as a representative for government and industry affairs. He was previously executive director of Embry-Riddle’s Aviation and Space Technology Academy in Daytona Beach, Fla., and is a past president of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority named chief test pilot Terry Newman to the additional role of head of flight department within the Safety Regulation Group. Newman has additional responsibility for the oversight of flight aspects of initial and continued airworthiness certification; the management and implementation of policies for test flying by CAA staff and the UK industry; and the development of domestic and international regulations and airworthiness requirements for flight testing.
TAG Aviation named Ken Sowa as director of regional business development. Based in New York, Sowa is responsible for developing and supporting new aircraft management and charter certification clients in the northeastern U.S.
Tom Genovese is the new senior manager of area sales for Raytheon Aircraft Services. Genovese, who is overseeing all RAS regional sales managers in the areas of aircraft maintenance, avionics, refurbishments and modifications, was most recently the central region sales manager for Honeywell.
Glenn Rizner, long-time v-p of operations for the Helicopter Association International, is now with the FAA as flight standards lead for unmanned aerial vehicles, a newly created position to integrate UAVs into regular civilian airspace. He is also looking at new weather technologies to be incorporated into pilot training. Before his nine years with HAI, Rizner worked at AOPA and the National Association of State Aviation Officials.
Portland, Maine-based Northeast Air named Robert Hearn as Learjet maintenance specialist. He worked at a Bombardier Service Center for 10 years as a Learjet maintenance specialist.
Bill Chadderdon, chief pilot for KeyCorp in Cleveland for the past three years, died in December. He was active in the industry for many years while with the Mutual of Omaha and KeyCorp flight departments.
The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators honored Jock Reid and Geoff Burtenshaw at a recent awards ceremony in London. Reid, a former Civil Aviation Authority chief test pilot, received the Derry and Richards Memorial Medal for his contribution for the flight development of major aircraft to the advancement of aviation. Burtenshaw, a flight-test engineer with the CAA, received the Johnston Memorial Trophy for his development work in air-navigation techniques and equipment.