TSA Administrator John Pistole announced the retirement of deputy administrator Gale Rossides last week , effective July 1. Rossides has been with the TSA since its inception 10 years ago and, according to Pistole, “was one of the original six hired in 2001 to build the TSA.” During the TSA’s first years, she built the foundation for the agency’s workforce planning strategy. She later served as senior advisor to the deputy secretary of DHS to assist in the stand-up of the TSA’s parent agency and returned to the TSA in September 2005.
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Business aircraft sales, acquisitions, trading and brokerage services firm Jetcraft promoted David Dixon to president of Jetcraft Asia. He helped the company establish its formal presence in Asia earlier this year. In his expanded role, Dixon will manage overall operations and lead sales initiatives for Jetcraft Asia, spanning a territory from Beijing to Sydney. Dixon has been based in Asia for more than 30 years and previously was Bombardier Business Aircraft’s regional vice president for the Asia Pacific region.
Avionics pioneer Edward King, Jr., 90, died Sunday at his home near Eugene, Ore. After graduating from college in 1943, King took a job on the East Coast with RCA, designing aircraft radio equipment for the U.S. Navy. He later returned to the Midwest, and in 1948 he borrowed $10,000 from his in-laws and founded his first company, Communications Accessories Corp. (CAC), which in 1956 was purchased by Collins Radio (now Rockwell Collins).
The board of directors at General Dynamics, parent company of Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, announced yesterday that chairman and CEO Jay Johnson will retire effective December 31. Johnson, the former Navy fighter pilot who’s been heading General Dynamics since 2003, is to be succeeded by Phebe Novakovic. Last month, Novakovic was named president and COO of General Dynamics. Previously she served as executive vice president of the company’s marine systems group and senior vice president for planning and development.
Eurocopter has appointed Jean-Brice Dumont as its new chief technical officer and head of engineering. He will report to CEO Lutz Bertling and will be a member of the executive committee. Until recently head of the EC225 program, Dumont will succeed Jean-Michel Billig, who is to leave the company for a similar position at car manufacturer Renault.
Flight Options chairman Kenneth Ricci received the William A. Ong Memorial Award from the National Air Transportation Association. Presented annually since 1984, the Ong Memorial Award is given for “extraordinary achievement and extended meritorious service to the general aviation industry.” Ricci, who has spent more than three decades developing various services in the business aviation industry, is the youngest person ever to receive this lifetime achievement award.
Jeffrey Pino, president of Sikorsky Aircraft, announced his retirement effective July 1. He will be succeeded by Mick Maurer, president of Sikorsky’s military systems unit.
Maintenance program provider Jet Support Services (JSSI) has named two new co-presidents. Susan Marr was promoted from executive v-p, while Neil Book, formerly v-p of mobility at Juniper Networks, has joined the Chicago-based company.
José Antonio Filippo has been tapped as Embraer’s new chief financial officer, effective June 4. An engineer by training, he also brings broad knowledge and experience in financial management of large companies. Previously, Filippo worked for several Brazilian and multinational groups. Embraer president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado said Filippo’s “expertise and experience” will help the growth and development of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer.
Flying Colours announced today that Paul Heaver, vice president of completions and modifications at U.S. subsidiary Jetcorp Technical Services, died on May 20. Heaver joined Flying Colours in 2007 as director of business development and was promoted to vice president of completions at JetCorp 18 months ago. A 25-year industry veteran, he worked for de Havilland Canada and Bombardier before joining Flying Colours. Flying Colours president and CEO John Gillespie said Heaver “made a significant contribution” to the completion company’s growth over the past five years.
The NTSB announced the promotion of John DeLisi to director of the agency’s office of aviation safety (OAS) today. He will assume his new position on June 2, following the retirement of current director Tom Haueter. DeLisi has bees the OAS’s deputy director since 2007.