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Saturday, November 1, 2003

From The Trenches

Jim Soleo is Savannah Air Center’s new general manager, responsible for day-to-day operations and completions and maintenance activities. Soleo has previously worked at Baker Electronics, Decrane Aircraft Furniture, Bombardier Tucson and Montreal (completions), KC Aviation, and Grumman Tehnical Service.

Raytheon Aircraft Services’s new vice president/general manager is Skip Madsen, former president and COO of Executive Aircraft Corp. The company also announced that Chuck Curry is general manager of Raytheon Aircraft Services–San Antonio.

Avionics repairman Howard Corey, who works at Flightcraft in Portland, Oregon, was honored with the FAA’s Charles Taylor Award, recognizing Corey’s 50 years experience in aviation maintenance. Corey’s aviation career began in the Air Force as a radio technician, and he joined Flightcraft in 1961 after stints at Boeing, Slick Airlines, and Plane Service.

Barry Eccleston is Honeywell’s new vice president, Propulsion Systems Enterprise, in charge of the company’s $1.4 billion engines business. Eccleston joined Honeywell in 1992 and his most recent occupation was vice president, Commercial Aerospace Europe.

Former Gulfstream maintenance executive Gary Dempsey has moved to a new job at Jet Aviation, as senior vice president aircraft maintenance & OEM development. The newly created position includes responsibility for implementing safety procedures and efficiency recommendations at all Jet Aviation maintenance bases, plus promoting maintenance services to manufacturers, operators, and flight departments.

West Star Aviation is preparing for a big influx of RVSM installations for Learjet 35/36 models and made some personnel changes to help with the added workload. Tim Annis is West Star’s new avionics install manager, and Ron Echols has been promoted to avionics repair manager. Denny Cullen, former avionics department manager, is now West Star’s new avionics technical representative.

Superior Air Parts president and CEO Bernie Coleman has resigned to "seek other opportunities." Chuck Dedmon, whose father launched Superior Air Parts in 1967, was appointed to Superior’s board of directors and will serve as interim CEO.

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