The California Aviation Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class at a ceremony held earlier this month at the Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport. It included Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, legendary test pilot Bob Hoover, aviator and entrepreneur Clay Lacy and helicopter pioneer Frank Robinson. “This state has played a huge role over the past 100 years in the development of aviation and spaceflight, and the creation of a Hall of Fame to recognize the Golden State’s aerial heritage was long overdue,” said attendee Stephen Hofer, president of Aerlex.
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.
Trine Aerospace & Defense announced that retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lee Taylor has joined the company as COO. Taylor will assume responsibilities for operations at the company’s base at Colorado Springs Airport, where it offers engineering, manufacturing and modification on general aviation, commercial and special-mission aircraft, while also providing in avionics and installation repair. Taylor will report directly to Britt Ham, the company’s president and CEO.
Online private jet charter portal Victor appointed Dan Northover as chief marketing officer. The company, which launched in 2011 and experienced “huge growth” this year, said the appointment represents a “significant step forward” as it prepares to launch its new business-to-client app and enter the U.S. market later this year. Most recently, Northover was digital design director and board member of Partners Andrews Aldridge, part of the Engine Group, and partner at the Engine Group, the UK’s largest privately owned communications group.
Lancashire, England-based Euravia has appointed Dave Wark after-sales support director for North America and Asia-Pacific. Previously Wark has held positions with Mint Turbines, Vector Aerospace and North Star Aerospace. At Euravia, Wark will consolidate engine support to new and existing customers to strengthen Euravia’s after-sales activities.
Rick Wielebski has been named general manager of Landmark Aviation’s Boeing Field/King County International Airport location. Wielebski has more than 10 years’ experience in the aviation industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His background includes experience in both general and commercial aviation. Before joining Landmark, he was the general manager for Atlantic Aviation’s Tulsa International Airport location.
Landmark Aviation named Ted Hamilton COO, Patrick McGuiness executive v-p and CFO, Charlotte Cheatham senior v-p of marketing and customer service, Robert Hiegel senior v-p and chief accounting officer and Matt DeLellis senior v-p of strategy and corporate development.
Dr. Lewis “Bernie” Gratzer, the retired vice president of technology at Aviation Partners, passed away on Friday night. Gratzer, already a well respected aerodynamicist, joined Aviation Partners when the company was formed in 1991 to work on a blended winglet for the Gulfstream II. In 1994 he received patent #5,348,253 for his blended winglet design, the lynchpin technology of Aviation Partners’ winglet products. According to Aviation Partners, his winglet design is now flying on more than 6,000 airplanes “and counting.”
Cabin Comfort Systems is expanding its capabilities to include helicopter customizing, refurbishment and maintenance services for third-party operators. In addition to expanding facilities and service centers in Hagerstown, Md., and Philadelphia, it has named Grayson Barrows as the director of marketing and sales for its cabin comfort systems division. “Grayson’s responsibilities will include business development for new helicopter completions, pre-owned aircraft refurbishments and MRO services,” said the company.
Spectrum Aeromed added three engineers. Jerick Hedges will be responsible for design, drafting and structural analysis of manufactured products, and will write the STC approval reports. Hedges was an intern at the company before his recent graduation from North Dakota State University (NDSU). Engineer Craig Hedstrom, also a 2014 NDSU grad with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, will be a mechanical engineering intern. Ryan Rensink has joined the company in the newly created position of quality engineer.