At last report Comair first officer James Polehinke still didn’t recall his abrupt and tragic entry into the ranks of this year’s newsmakers. Unfortunately for the 44-year-old resident of Margate, Fla., his lack of memory hasn’t made the knowledge that 49 other people died in the crumpled and charred hulk of the Bombardier CRJ100 he piloted any less painful.
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.
Luck can change in an instant. Pilot Joe Lepore and copilot Jan Paladino were cruising along at 37,000 feet in the cockpit of the brand-new Embraer Legacy they were delivering from the factory in Brazil to its new home base on New York’s Long Island.
Friends say Leonard Greene wasn’t just brilliant. He thought on a different level.
Sabreliner has announced the following personnel appointments: Ronnie Herman, senior v-p of operations; Gene Harbula, senior v-p of business development; Gene Findley, senior director of operations; Bernie Herkenhoff, senior director of the St. Genevieve operation; Gina Bey, senior manager for eastern region sales and service; and Beth Thomas, senior manager of international and western region sales and service.
Giuseppe Airaudi, 52, and his passenger died in the crash of an Agusta Bell AB412 on November 27 in the Italian Alps. Airaudi cofounded Turin-based Airgreen with his brother Mauro in the early 1980s. Airgreen now operates 15 helicopters for rescue, aerial work and transport to mountain shelters.
Former AOPA and Air Transport Association official Roger Cohen replaced Debby McElroy last month as the president of the Regional Airline Association (RAA). Cohen assumed the post on December 18, three days after McElroy left for a new position at Airports Council International-North America.
Charles Vehlow, newly appointed president of MD Helicopters, hopes to become the strong link in a broken supply chain that has plagued the Mesa, Ariz.-based manufacturer.
Iridium’s new chief executive comes to the job following seven consecutive quarters of profitability and with plans in place to replace the communication network’s constellation of 66 satellites starting in 2013.
Both Boeing and Airbus have come to the Paris Air Show without permanent leaders. EADS has missed its target of June 1 to find a successor for Nöel Forgeard at Airbus and to complete its own management restructuring. Forgeard in effect still acts as CEO of Airbus while serving alongside Thomas Enders as co-chief executives of EADS.
The Nordam Group’s board of directors has voted to extend Ken Lackey’s term as chairman and CEO through 2008. He has assumed the additional responsibilities of COO of the manufacturing divisions. John Uczekaj, Nordam’s president and COO, has left the company to pursue other interests. Bill Peacher, Nordam’s CFO, will also serve as COO of the Nordam Repair Group.