James Donlan, former president and CEO of Dallas Airmotive, died July 23 from an apparent heart attack. He was 49. On July 21, former Dallas Airmotive manager of marketing communications Patrick DeBlanc passed away at age 60.
Interviews with people of interest in aerospace, including those in industry, government and AIN’s “Bizav Warriors.” Topics include announcements of personnel changes, awards and final departures.
NBAA has promoted two veteran staff members, Douglas Carr and Linda Peters, to vice president positions and five others to director-level posts. Carr, the previous regulatory affairs director, is now safety and regulation v-p. Peters has gone from director to v-p of exhibit services.
Philip Klass, a former avionics/technical writer for Aviation Week & Space Technology, died August 9. He was 85.
Thomas Seeber was promoted to president and CEO of Pentastar Aviation. He was previously president and COO.
Charles (“Charlie”) Tooley was named vice president of the aviation practice for Accordia. He was most recently the aviation regional practice leader for Marsh Aviation in Kansas City.
Helicopter Association International (HAI) president Roy Resavage is calling it a day, after seven-and-a-half years at the helm of the helicopter industry’s association in Washington, D.C. While HAI looks for a successor, AIN talked to Resavage about some of the highs and lows he has experienced while representing the association’s hundreds of members to the movers and shakers on Capitol Hill.
German authorities released AvCraft Aviation chairman Ben Bartel from a Munich jail last month, some two weeks after sending him there on suspicion of tax evasion. Munich attorney general Ruediger Hödl told AIN that although he had yet to indict Bartel, the former Fairchild Dornier principle owner remains a suspect and could face formal charges in a matter of “weeks or months.”
Dassault Falcon Jet announced that it has named Carlos Brana sales manager for China.
Brana has spent the past 20 years with Dassault Aviation in St. Cloud, France. He will be based at Dassault Falcon’s Teterboro, N.J. headquarters.
Are you back to full production yet?
At the time of our acquisition, we needed to restart the production line and reignite the supply chain. Six months later, we are on course to meet our production target for 2006 and will significantly increase it in 2007. Conservatively, I would anticipate full production with a renewed supply chain to be in full effect in 2008.
When we last talked you estimated you were about one-third of the way along a journey to changing Bell’s culture and implementing new tools and techniques. Is the company where you want it to be yet?
Aviation Maintenance Technical Award
Robert Jones of Air Logistics in Fairbanks, Alaska, has contributed to the helicopter industry for four decades by performing exemplary work behind the scenes, regardless of the environment. He has served on the North Slope of Alaska, on tuna boats in the Pacific, in the jungles of Indonesia and in the Australian desert.