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Sunday, July 1, 2012

People July 2012

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman has selected John DeLisi as director of the Office of Aviation Safety (OAS). DeLisi replaces the retiring Tom Haueter. DeLisi has been with NTSB for 20 years and served as the OAS deputy director since 2007.

Brad Pedersen has succeeded Donald Harlan as president and CEO of Breeze-Eastern. Pedersen was formerly the president of Airborne Systems Group in New Jersey, and prior to that served as the Canadian maritime helicopter project program manager, UH-60M program manager and director of advanced programs (R&D) during a six-year stint at Sikorsky Aircraft.

Canada-based CAE has appointed Gene Colabatistto as group president for military simulation products, training and services. Colabatistto replaces retiring 16-year veteran Martin Gagne, who will stay on as a consultant for CAE. Colabatistto, a former Marine who served in Operation Desert Storm, was previously the senior vice president for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Brig. Gen. Timothy Edens has assumed responsibilities as the director of Army safety and commander of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center in Fort Rucker, Ala. Edens, who joined the Army in 1981, assumed command from Brig. Gen. William Wolf. During his three-decade tenure, he led the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry, 11th Regiment (Attack), V Corps through a Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow Unit fielding and training program in preparation to be the first Apache Longbow unit stationed in Europe.

Latitude Technologies has named Peter Parrish as vice president of operations. Parrish will oversee corporate communications, marketing and production, as well as customer service and other corporate responsibilities. Prior to this new position, Parrish had consulted with Latitude and served as interim general manager.

San Diego, Calif.-based Helicopter Links, an online helicopter directory, has appointed a six-member advisory board. The group of pilots and marketing specialists includes Eric Post, an attorney with commercial/CFI helicopter experience and Mike Muenich, a pilot and owner of Florida-based Rotor and Plane Aircraft Appraisals. Both Muenich and Post are A&P mechanics. The board also consists of Tom Interval, writer, editor and marketing specialist; Jennifer Schumaker, journalist and editor; Tim Hughes, president of eMerchant Marketing and graphic designer/social media professional John Evangelista.

Ornge has named Wayne Howard vice president of finance and appointed Robert Giguere as an aviation special advisor. Giguere previously worked with Air Canada and Skyservice Airlines. Prior to joining Ornge, Giguere worked as an independent aviation consultant. Ornge also brought Bruce Farr on board as special advisor for operations. Farr formerly was with Toronto Emergency Medical Services in various roles before retiring 2011.

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