The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in Washington, D.C., promoted Gregory Bowles to director, engineering and manufacturing. Bowles previously served as GAMA’s manager, maintenance and engineering.
Bowles’ responsibilities will include technical policies pertaining to avionics certification, production procedures and quality assurance programs. He leads GAMA’s Avionics and Electronic Systems Committee and serves on the RTCA Program Management Committee.
Prior to joining GAMA in 2005, Bowles was responsible for certification and validation program planning for aircraft modifications at Keystone Helicopter. He also spent several years with Cessna Aircraft Co. as group leader for systems design, certification and airworthiness support engineering.
ACSS, an L-3 Communications and Thales company, promoted Cole Hedden to vice president and chief operating officer (COO). Most recently, Hedden was vice president and leader of the Business Innovation and Execution Group for ACSS.
As COO, Hedden will have the day-to-day responsibility for ACSS business operations. He previously served as director of networked systems for the Honeywell Defense and Space market segment and director of strategy and emerging markets for Honeywell Defense Avionics Systems.
Garmin Sales Appointments
Garmin International, Olathe, Kan., is reorganizing its aviation sales and marketing team to expand the company’s presence in the general aviation market.
Roger Dykmann was promoted to director of aviation OEM sales, Americas. Dykmann joined Garmin in 2006. Before that, he held positions in engineering and marketing at Honeywell.
Jim Alpiser was promoted to director of aviation aftermarket sales, Americas. Alpiser, who has been with Garmin for nearly a decade, was most recently with Garmin’s consumer and aviation sectors.
Tim Casey was named sales manager of the portables, light sport aircraft and experimental aircraft markets. Casey has been with Garmin for more than 16 years. Prior to joining Garmin, he held senior positions at Northstar Avionics.
Dave Brown is sales manager of integrated flight deck retrofit programs. Brown will focus on sales and marketing for Garmin’s King Air C90 and King Air 200 retrofit programs.
He will work with Garmin’s G1000 retrofit dealers to educate customers about the retrofit program.
Sandel Avionics, Vista, Calif., hired Heidi Parfrey as a marketing coordinator. Parfrey has more than 10 years of experience in the embedded computer technology sector, working with small form factor modules, advanced blades, standard systems and custom design solutions. Her initial responsibilities will include assisting with the launch of several new Sandel products scheduled for introduction in 2008.
Avidyne Corp., Lincoln, Mass., named David Copeland vice president of sales and marketing.
Most recently, Copeland was vice president of sales and marketing at Mooney Airplane Co. Before that, he was vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Raytheon Aircraft. Previously, Copeland managed marketing and sales at Cessna.
RADA Electronic Industries Ltd., based in Netanya, Israel, named Shiri Lazarovich chief financial officer. Lazarovich, who was most recently the company’s controller, joined RADA from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Israel as a manager in the accounting, assurance and business advisory services department.
RADA Electronic manufactures avionics systems, including digital video recorders, ground debriefing stations, stores management systems, flight data recorders, and inertial navigation systems, trainer upgrades, UAV avionics, and electro-optic cameras for aircraft and armored vehicles.
Vision Systems International, a joint venture of Rockwell Collins and EFW based in San Jose, Calif., named Fred Munic vice president of Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programs.
Since joining Vision Systems International in 2002, Munic served as director of JSF Helmet Mounted Display programs. Before coming to VSI, Munic was the new business manager for Rockwell Collins Display Systems Advanced Systems Group, leading both commercial and defense business pursuits.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics named Dawn Johnson site leader of its Redmond, Wash., location, which designs and manufactures microelectronics and power conversion for aerospace, defense and medical applications.
Johnson joins Crane with more than 10 years of experience in manufacturing management with a strong emphasis in lean manufacturing. Her most recent experience was working for SKF USA as plant manager.
Her other previous roles include director of operations at WABTEC, operations and plant manager at Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership, and business unit manager at ArvinMeritor.
Neal J. Keating
Kaman Corp., Bloomfield, Conn., named Neal J. Keating president and chief executive officer. He succeeds Paul R. Kuhn, who retired.
Keating, who joined Kaman as president and chief operating officer in September 2007, previously was chief operating officer of Hughes Supply, an industrial distribution business. Prior to that he was managing director and chief executive officer at GKN Aerospace. He started his career with Rockwell Automation, rising over a 24-year period to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rockwell Collins Commercial Systems.