Barnes at JETS
Alan Barnes has been named group managing director for JETS. He was previously at Inflite Jet Center as customer support manager.
Jatip to Superior
Jalil Jatip is the new director of quality assurance at Superior Air Parts. He was previously the quality fabrication department manager for Lockheed Martin on the F-16, F-22, and F-35 platforms.
Spears at American Eurocopter
Mike Spears is the new senior director for Lakota production and retrofit at Eurocopter's Columbus, Miss. facility. He was formerly general manager of the Sikorsky Aircraft production facility in Troy, Ala.
Minkoff to JFI Jets
Bill Minkoff is the new VP of global management and sales. He was most recently a regional sales director for Hawker Beechcraft.
Blackwood Retiring from Superior
Bill Blackwood is retiring as Superior Air Parts' director of operations. He's worked in aviation for 42 years and joined Superior in 2006.
Rynkiewicz Joins GAMA
Mary Lynn J. Rynkiewicz is the General Aviation Manufacturers Association's new director of communications. She was formerly at the NextGen Institute.
Mary Lynn Rynkiewicz
Higby VP at StandardAero
Rob Higby is the new VP of Sales and Marketing for StandardAero's airlines and fleets business. He was formerly VP of worldwide airline sales for GE Aviation.
Whites Buy Kansas Aircraft Corporation
Dianne and Tim White have purchased Kansas Aircraft Corporation from Michele Stauffer. The Whites both formerly worked at Cessna, where Tim was VP of sales for the Americas and Dianne was VP of corporate communications. Stauffer will remain active in the business.
Dianne & Tim White
McGinn Joins Flexjet
Ryan McGinn has been appointed sales director for Flexjet in New York. He was formerly at Callaway Golf.
Tarapore Takes Over StandardAero
Firoz Tarapore is the interim president and CEO of StandardAero. Tarapore is a director of the company and will stay on the board as the company looks for a permanent CEO.
Hublein Promoted at Nextant
Jay Hublein is the new Executive Vice President for Global Sales and Marketing at Nextant Aerospace.
Palmertree Joins US Aviation
Billy Palmertree has joined US Aviation in Denton, Texas and is running the avionics department and FAA Part 145 Repair Station. He was formerly general manager of Tomlinson Avionics.
Aso to StandardAero
Ken Aso is the new Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Customer Development at StandardAero. He was previously a partner Oliver Wyman.
Carr at Flexjet
Lori Carr is the first Owner Experience Officer at Flexjet. She previously operated her own consulting firm and worked at North Star Aviation.
Mill Confirmed as Piper VP
Jack Mill is the new vice president of engineering at Piper Aircraft. He had been doing the job as an interim position for several months.
Promotions at Flexjet
Richard Shyne and Brian Atkinson have both been promoted from sales associates to sales directors. Atkinson will look after the Chicago area and Shyne the Midwest.
Richard Shyne Brian Atkinson
Via Joins AeroComputers
Mikael Via is the new chief operating officer of AeroComputers Inc. He was formerly CEO of Glasair.
Markise New Chief Pilot The Nebraska Department of Aeronautics has hired Rob Markise as its chief pilot. Markise was formerly a captain with Air Wisconsin.
Lyons at Avionyx
Peter Lyons is the new president of Avionyx, a Costa Rica-based engineering services provider for avionics manufacturers. He founded Aspen Avionics and was its first CEO. He left Aspen last year.
New CAP Appointments
Col. Jayson Altieri and Tim Verrett are the newest members of the Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors. Altieri is an active Army officer, and Verrett is an Anchorage lawyer.
Jayson Altieri Tim Verrett
Herrera at Bloom Business Jets
Darrell Herrera has been hired by Bloom Business Jets to lead its charter aircraft business. Herrera was previously at Motorola, where he ran its flight operations.
McGeough Joins Nextant
Sean McGeough is the new president of Nextant Aerospace. McGeough was previously head of Hawker Beechcraft's operations in most of the world outside North America.
Turner at Odyssey
Odyssey Aerospace Components has hired John Turner as director of engineering. He was most recently at Weber Aircraft.
Funk at Piper
James Funk has joined Piper Aircraft as VP of operations. He came from Bombardier, where he was general manager of operations for the Lear 85 program.
Thrash Takes Over Air Zoo
Air Zoo, the aviation museum at Kalamazoo, Michigan, has hired Troy Thrash as president and CEO. He replaces long-time CEO Bob Ellis, who is retiring after 35 years. Thrash is now the executive director of the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Klaber Hired at Aero Charter
Chris Klaber has been taken on as a pilot at Aero Charter in St. Louis. He's captain on their Beech Baron and TBM aircraft and first officer on King Airs and Citations.
Nichols Promoted at Aerion
Doug Nichols has been named CEO and board member of Aerion Corporation. He was previously the COO and before that worked for Boeing in a variety of senior management positions.
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