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24th
JAN

New Positions, Promotions, Honors And Elections (Jan. 27, 2020)

New Positions, Promotions, Honors And Elections (Jan. 27, 2020) bridget.horan@ Fri, 01/24/2020 - 09:00

NASA has promoted Robert Pearce to associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. He was acting associate administrator and has held a number of strategic executive and program management positions at NASA. Pearce succeeds Jaiwon Shin, who has retired.

Wizz Air has hired Jourik Hooghe as executive vice president/chief financial officer. Hooghe had been with the Adecco Group. Wizz Air also promoted Iain Wetherall to chief investment officer, a new position; Wetherall was chief financial officer.

The Aerospace Corp. has promoted Todd Nygren to senior vice president of the engineering and technology group, which comprises 1,500 engineers and scientists. Nygren has held multiple leadership positions at the company including general manager and chief engineer for addressing emerging national security threats.

photosNorthrop Grumman has promoted Lesley Kalan to corporate vice president and chief strategy and development officer. Kalan was vice president of government relations since Jan. 1, 2018, and vice president of legislative affairs since 2010.

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has named Kori Schake a foreign and defense policy studies director and resident scholar. She succeeds Danielle Pletka, who remains an AEI senior fellow focused on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. Schake was deputy director general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Airbus has created a new communications and corporate affairs office whose leadership comprises: Maggie Bergsma, head of communications for commercial aircraft; Yves Barille, head of communications for helicopters; Dirk Erat, head of communications for defense and space; and Philipp Encz, head of the company s creative content teams and internal and external communications. Guillaume Steuer has been appointed head of external communications, reporting to Encz.

Safe Flight Instrument Corp., a lift--instrumentation and control-systems maker, has promoted Maria Ferrara to vice president of manufacturing, a new position, from director of quality assurance, during which she oversaw Safe Flight s AS9100 certification. Ferrara was BAE Systems lead quality assurance engineer.

Virgin Galactic has hired Michelle Kley as general counsel, secretary and executive vice president of legal. Kley was senior vice president, chief legal/compliance officer and secretary at Maxar Technologies Inc.

Triumph Group has promoted Thomas A. Quigley III to vice president of investor relations and controller, from corporate officer and controller. He succeeds Michael Pici, who has left.

Airlines for America has named Riva Khoshaba Parker vice president of labor and employment/litigation. Parker had worked at the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army and helped create the Army s first nationwide labor litigation team.

Ulla Lettijeff has been appointed director of Helsinki Airport and a member of Finavia s executive group, effective Feb. 6. Lettijeff has held several managerial positions at Fiskars Group and Nokia.

The DuPage Airport Authority of West Chicago, Illinois, has named Mark Doles executive director. He succeeds David Bird, who has retired. Doles was interim executive director.

RTCA Inc. has made three board appointments: Nathan Boelkins, Michael Ingram and Lorne Cass. Boelkins heads Collins Aerospace commercial avionics; Ingram is vice president/general manager of Honeywell cockpit systems, and Cass is American Airlines operations/industry affairs vice president.

D. Scott Davis has been named independent lead director of the Honeywell board. He succeeds Enesa President/CEO Chico Pardo, who was lead director in January 2016-20.

The Aerospace Corp. has elected three new board members: former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Air Force Gen. (ret.) Paul J. Selva; former Defense Department official Kathleen H. Hicks; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and former NASA official Dava J. Newman.

Platinum Tools has hired Scott Lipsett as marketing manager, succeeding Jason Chesla, who recently was named national accounts manager. Lipsett was brand manager at Reactor Watch. Before joining Platinum Tools as marketing manager in 2016, Chesla was a sales and marketing consultant at LiveWire Innovation.

Lufthansa has added a board-level position for customer and corporate responsibility, led by Brussels Airlines CEO Christina Foerster. It has also appointed Thorsten Dirks to head the new IT, digital and innovation department and Harry Hohmeister to lead the commercial passenger airlines division. Swiss International Airlines Chief Finanacial Officer Michael Niggemann has joined the board for three years and taken over management of human resources and legal affiars.

FlightSafety International has promoted Matthew De Foe to manager of the Paris Le Bourget learning center. He succeeds Yannick Kerriou, who has left. De Foe was program manager, training director and assistant manager at Tucson, Arizona, and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Hong Kong-based Kadoorie subsidiary Metrojet Ltd. has hired Capt. Kobus Swart as director of flight operations. A former air force pilot, Kobus was chief operating officer and director of operations at TAG Aviation Asia and Hongkong Jet.

HONORS AND ELECTIONS

Makenzie Lystrup vice president/general manager of civil space at Ball Aerospace, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of her distinguished record in the fields of planetary science and infrared astronomy, science policy and advocacy, and aerospace industry leadership.

Brandon (Randy) R. Belote III, a former Northrop Grumman Corp. vice president of strategic communications, has been selected to receive the 2019 Lauren Lyman award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications.

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23rd
JAN

New Positions, Promotions, Honors And Elections (Jan. 27, 2020)

New Positions, Promotions, Honors And Elections (Jan. 27, 2020) bridget.horan@ Thu, 01/23/2020 - 21:16

NASA has promoted Robert Pearce to associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. He was acting associate administrator and has held a number of strategic executive and program management positions at NASA. Pearce succeeds Jaiwon Shin, who has retired.

Wizz Air has hired Jourik Hooghe as executive vice president/chief financial officer. Hooghe had been with the Adecco Group. Wizz Air also promoted Iain Wetherall to chief investment officer, a new position; Wetherall was chief financial officer.

The Aerospace Corp. has promoted Todd Nygren to senior vice president of the engineering and technology group, which comprises 1,500 engineers and scientists. Nygren has held multiple leadership positions at the company including general manager and chief engineer for addressing emerging national security threats.

photosNorthrop Grumman has promoted Lesley Kalan to corporate vice president and chief strategy and development officer. Kalan was vice president of government relations since Jan. 1, 2018, and vice president of legislative affairs since 2010.

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has named Kori Schake a foreign and defense policy studies director and resident scholar. She succeeds Danielle Pletka, who remains an AEI senior fellow focused on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. Schake was deputy director general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Airbus has created a new communications and corporate affairs office whose leadership comprises: Maggie Bergsma, head of communications for commercial aircraft; Yves Barille, head of communications for helicopters; Dirk Erat, head of communications for defense and space; and Philipp Encz, head of the company s creative content teams and internal and external communications. Guillaume Steuer has been appointed head of external communications, reporting to Encz.

Safe Flight Instrument Corp., a lift--instrumentation and control-systems maker, has promoted Maria Ferrara to vice president of manufacturing, a new position, from director of quality assurance, during which she oversaw Safe Flight s AS9100 certification. Ferrara was BAE Systems lead quality assurance engineer.

Virgin Galactic has hired Michelle Kley as general counsel, secretary and executive vice president of legal. Kley was senior vice president, chief legal/compliance officer and secretary at Maxar Technologies Inc.

Triumph Group has promoted Thomas A. Quigley III to vice president of investor relations and controller, from corporate officer and controller. He succeeds Michael Pici, who has left.

Airlines for America has named Riva Khoshaba Parker vice president of labor and employment/litigation. Parker had worked at the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army and helped create the Army s first nationwide labor litigation team.

Ulla Lettijeff has been appointed director of Helsinki Airport and a member of Finavia s executive group, effective Feb. 6. Lettijeff has held several managerial positions at Fiskars Group and Nokia.

The DuPage Airport Authority of West Chicago, Illinois, has named Mark Doles executive director. He succeeds David Bird, who has retired. Doles was interim executive director.

RTCA Inc. has made three board appointments: Nathan Boelkins, Michael Ingram and Lorne Cass. Boelkins heads Collins Aerospace commercial avionics; Ingram is vice president/general manager of Honeywell cockpit systems, and Cass is American Airlines operations/industry affairs vice president.

D. Scott Davis has been named independent lead director of the Honeywell board. He succeeds Enesa President/CEO Chico Pardo, who was lead director in January 2016-20.

The Aerospace Corp. has elected three new board members: former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Air Force Gen. (ret.) Paul J. Selva; former Defense Department official Kathleen H. Hicks; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and former NASA official Dava J. Newman.

Platinum Tools has hired Scott Lipsett as marketing manager, succeeding Jason Chesla, who recently was named national accounts manager. Lipsett was brand manager at Reactor Watch. Before joining Platinum Tools as marketing manager in 2016, Chesla was a sales and marketing consultant at LiveWire Innovation.

Lufthansa has added a board-level position for customer and corporate responsibility, led by Brussels Airlines CEO Christina Foerster. It has also appointed Thorsten Dirks to head the new IT, digital and innovation department and Harry Hohmeister to lead the commercial passenger airlines division. Swiss International Airlines Chief Finanacial Officer Michael Niggemann has joined the board for three years and taken over management of human resources and legal affiars.

FlightSafety International has promoted Matthew De Foe to manager of the Paris Le Bourget learning center. He succeeds Yannick Kerriou, who has left. De Foe was program manager, training director and assistant manager at Tucson, Arizona, and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Hong Kong-based Kadoorie subsidiary Metrojet Ltd. has hired Capt. Kobus Swart as director of flight operations. A former air force pilot, Kobus was chief operating officer and director of operations at TAG Aviation Asia and Hongkong Jet.

HONORS AND ELECTIONS

Makenzie Lystrup vice president/general manager of civil space at Ball Aerospace, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of her distinguished record in the fields of planetary science and infrared astronomy, science policy and advocacy, and aerospace industry leadership.

Brandon (Randy) R. Belote III, a former Northrop Grumman Corp. vice president of strategic communications, has been selected to receive the 2019 Lauren Lyman award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications.

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10th
DEC

Job Cuts Show Textron, Gulfstream ‘Appropriately Cautious’—Analysts

Recent layoffs at Textron Aviation and Gulfstream Aerospace are signs that the manufacturers are being appropriately cautious about their outlook for orders and production, analysts say.

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5th
DEC

Reports: Garuda’s Chief Executive To Be Dismissed

Garuda Indonesia s top executive appears set to lose his job after allegations linking him to the smuggling of motorbike parts on an aircraft delivery flight.

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5th
DEC

Garuda Indonesia Chief Executive To Be Dismissed, Reports Say

Garuda Indonesia s top executive appears set to lose his job after allegations linking him to the smuggling of motorbike parts on an aircraft delivery flight.

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20th
NOV

France Planning 70-Year Career For Rafale

Connectivity, AI and new weaponry are part of the Rafale s development roadmap.

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15th
NOV

Fast 5: Rebooting Rosie the Riveter


You began your career as an aircraft engine mechanic in the U.S. Air Force. What attracted you to aircraft maintenance and what are the biggest changes you’ve seen the industry experience since you first entered it?

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12th
NOV

South African Airways May Cut Over 900 Jobs In Restructuring Plan

South African Airways (SAA) is embarking on a restructuring process that may lead to cutting approximately 944 out of 5,149 jobs.

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9th
NOV

West Star Aviation Partners To Host Apprenticeship Event

West Star Aviation has partnered with the Madison County Career and Technical Education Office and Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) to host a Federal Apprenticeship Event during National Apprenticeship Week.

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8th
NOV

Dynamics Of Regional Aircraft Teardowns Changing

Dynamics changing with regional airliner part-outs
The regional airliner teardown market is in transition as first-generation jets are retired, or parted out, to support those repurposed for second careers.

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6th
NOV

High School STEM Symposium To Train Educators

Hundreds of high school educators plan to attend a two-day aviation STEM symposium in Denver to help build aviation curricula and promote aviation careers.

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6th
NOV

Collins Aerospace Expands Casablanca Facility

The expansion, which Collins expects will be completed in spring 2020, will enlarge the site by 40% and create 60 new jobs, the company said Oct. 31.

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5th
NOV

High School STEM Symposium To Train Educators To Promote Careers

Hundreds of high school educators plan to attend a two-day aviation STEM symposium in Denver to help build aviation curriculum and promote aviation careers.

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5th
NOV

STEM Symposium To Train Educators On Promoting Aviation Careers

Hundreds of high school educators plan to attend a two-day aviation STEM symposium in Denver to help build aviation curriculum and promote aviation careers.

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1st
NOV

Vienna LCC Competition Forcing Austrian Airlines To Cut Costs, Jobs

In the face of stiff competition from LCCs in Vienna, Austrian Airlines will undertake an aggressive cost-cutting effort in 2020 and could eliminate hundreds of jobs.

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30th
OCT

GKN Lures Spirit Aero Defense Leader For Same Job

GKN Aerospace announced Oct. 30 that it appointed Krisstie Kondrotis as president of its defense division effective Nov. 1, marking a key executive transfer between rivals.

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17th
OCT

U.S. Army Still Tackling Pilot Shortage

The U.S. Army says its biggest challenge in addressing the global pilot shortage is retaining pilots who are mid-career level warrant officers.

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8th
OCT

United Airlines Aims To Recruit 10,000 Pilots In Next Decade

Citing a need for 10,000 new pilots in the next decade, United Airlines announced a new Aviate pilot recruitment program.

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8th
OCT

New UK MRO Entrant Leverages In-House IT


Since beginning operations in September 2018, as an offshoot of technical recruitment company Morson Group, Morson Aircraft Engineering Services (MAES) has built up its line maintenance presence across the country in a short space of time.

Its latest station at Bristol Airport, set up in summer 2019, is its seventh – adding to locations at Belfast, Birmingham, East Midlands, London Gatwick, Glasgow and Newcastle airports.

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4th
OCT

Fast 5: UK MRO's New Kid on the Block


Why did the Morson Group, which specialized in aviation and technical recruitment, decide to enter the MRO segment? 

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2nd
OCT

Pilot Pipeline Seeks Boost From Women Candidates

Convincing more women to pursue careers as pilots would help ease a supply crunch that could soon threaten even the largest airlines in the U.S., two pilot-workforce experts said.

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30th
SEP

Gulfstream Reducing Workforce To Realign Business

Gulfstream is reducing jobs as it realigns its business, but it is too soon to say how many positions will be impacted, a spokeswoman said.

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20th
SEP

Honeywell?s Convair Testbed Bows Out Of Service

Honeywell?s Convair CV-580 flying testbed has had a career that included a key role in the evolution of industry?s most important safety avionics developments.

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19th
SEP

FAA: Air Traffic Controller Training Ramp-up Advances

A new initiative to increase the amount of time U.S. air traffic controllers spend in on-the-job training (OJT) is off to a promising start, a top FAA air traffic official said.

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19th
SEP

Air Traffic Controller Training Ramp-up Progressing, FAA Says

A new initiative to increase the amount of time U.S. air traffic controllers spend in on-the-job training (OJT) is off to a promising start, a top FAA air traffic official said.

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