Airline Avionics Institute: Volare Awards
Three winners of this year’s Airline Avionics Institute’s (AAI’s) Volare Awards were honored in April at the 52nd April Avionics Maintenance Conference (AMC), held in San Francisco. Recipients of the Volare Award for Product Support are Mike Brewer of Smiths Aerospace and Grady Dees of Universal Avionics Systems; the Chairman’s Special Award went to Ed Adelson of ARINC Inc.

Brewer began his career in the avionics industry in 1957 in an engineering apprenticeship program, and then accepted a position in field engineering in support of both civil and military operators. In 1965, he transferred to North America and was responsible for setting up and managing his company’s first avionics repair facility in North America, in New York. He transitioned that facility to a new location in 1969 and subsequently opened two additional support facilities for his company. He has held positions in product support engineering, quality, customer support and reliability.

Dees began his career in avionics in 1971 as a U.S. Navy technician. After leaving the Navy in 1977, he joined Piper Aircraft where he held a variety of positions. In 1991 he joined his current employer as manager-product support, responsible for seven field engineers. He is now director-customer support and engineering services, and directs a staff of more than 40 personnel.

Adelson, former electronics officer in the U.S. Air Force, recently retired as head of ARINC’s Industry Activities Division, after 23 years with the company. Adelson is a graduate of MIT and has held various technical management positions at Martin Marietta, Chrysler and Hughes Aircraft.

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Page Aerospace Inc.: Hayre, VP of Sales
Page Aerospace Inc. has promoted Jiwan Hayre to vice president of sales. In this position, he will lead the activities of the sales team in the Americas. Prior to joining Page in July 2000, Jiwan held numerous management and design positions during his nine years with The Boeing Co. For further information, visit

High Frequency Industry Assoc.: Carmichael, Chairman
William R. Carmichael, a communications systems engineer at Rockwell Collins, was elected chairman of the High Frequency Industry Association (HFIA). Carmichael’s other industry involvement has included industry representation with the NATO HF Radio Ad Hoc Working Group, Mil-Std-188-110B Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and STANAG 5066 Interoperability Cooperative Meetings (ICM). He has held various engineering positions at Rockwell Collins, including communications systems engineer for development of Collins Q9600 modem and HF Messenger. Visit

Evergreen International Aviation: Van Horn, EAC President
Evergreen International Aviation Inc. has named Trevor Van Horn as president of Evergreen Air Center (EAC) in Marana, Ariz. Van Horn has more than 20 years of senior management experience in aviation, airport operations and airport facilities. For more information, phone 201-843-5600.

ITT Industries: Gernitis, VP/Director Engineering
Jeff Gernitis was appointed vice president and director of engineering for ITT Industries, Avionics Division. Gernitis will lead ITT’s engineering initiatives in the areas of systems, software, product design and project engineering. He has been with ITT, Avionics Division, for more than 30 years. Visit for more.

Rockwell Collins: New Officials
Pat A. Zerbe has been promoted to director, strategic communications, at Rockwell Collins. She has worked at the company in public relations since 1998, following14 years in corporate communications at Raytheon Aircraft. Zerbe will manage Collins’ advertising, collateral and trade-show activities.

Collins also hired Kirsti Dunn as its new director of public relations. Dunn served previously as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s public relations officer for the Alaskan, Western-Pacific and Northwest Mountain regions. She also worked for The Boeing Co. Visit

West Star Aviation: Pickett, Sales Representative
West Star Aviation has selected Jerry Pickett as its new service sales representative for the mid-southern United States region, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. He worked previously for Griffith Aviation in Tulsa, Okla. Contact West Star at 800-255-4193, or 970-243-7500 for more information.

Frequentis USA: New Officials
Upon moving to new headquarters in the Washington, D.C., area, Frequentis USA Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Austrian-based Frequentis GmbH, announced additions to its staff. Robert Nitsch comes from the parent company to assume the chief operating officer position in the U.S., and Vincent Campanella was hired as director of engineering. Nitsch formerly managed Frequentis’ activities with Germany’s Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS–air navigation services). Campanella came to Frequentis USA from Litton Denro, which also produces communications switches for air traffic control. Frequentis USA’s new address is 12530 Parklawn Drive, Suite 300, Rockville, Md. 20852-1702. Visit

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