Schmidt, Deputy Director

Kevin Petersen, director of the Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), has named Steven Schmidt as deputy director. Schmidt has been the special assistant to the NASA administrator since January 2002 and currently serves as the executive director for the President’s Space Commission. He joined NASA in 1994. Schmidt brings 27 years of aeronautics experience to the job. Visit

New Officers

Northrop Grumman has promoted Chineta Davis to vice president of the Norden Systems business unit. She succeeds Ivory Tucker, who was named vice presi-

dent of material program management operations for Northrop’s Electronic Systems sector in Baltimore. Davis, who joined the company in 1976, was previously the director of strategic sourcing in the Procurement and Material Management organization. Northrop Grumman also has named Alexis Livanos vice president and general manager of its Space Systems Division. He previously held the same position in the company’s Navigation Systems Division. Visit

New Officials

FlightSafety International has appointed Geoff Bloss to the newly created position of director-business application development. He reports to Chris Weinberg, director of business systems. Bloss previously was a consultant with Verizon’s eCommerce and Call Management Systems. Other recent appointments include Barbara Taylor, corporate director-customer support; Derek Maeer, general manager of the Simulation Systems Division; Craig Newell, manager of the Learjet Learning Center at New York’s La Guardia airport; Tony Ossipov, assistant manager of the Teterboro (N.J.) Learning Center; and Ted Grimsley, assistant manager of the Orlando (Fla.) Learning Center. Visit

Kunz, Vice President of MRO

Keystone Helicopter Corp. has named Ralph Kunz to the new position of vice president of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Kunz previously worked as vice president of marketing and sales for ACRO Aerospace in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Visit

Stedman, Vice President

Jeppesen, Englewood, Colo., recently promoted Sandy Stedman to vice president-quality, standards and industry relations. She will oversee quality programs and establish standards for the development of aeronautical information. Stedman began her career at Jeppesen in 1973 as a copy editor and most recently served as the director of flight information development. Visit

Goglia, Senior Vice President

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) has named John Goglia as senior vice president of government and technical programs. Goglia’s new appointment follows his retirement from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He was the first and only airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic to receive a presidential appointment to the NTSB. Visit

Conklin Retires

Alan Conklin, founder of Conklin & de Decker, Orleans, Mass., an aviation research, consulting and education firm, has announced his retirement. He founded the firm in 1984 and partnered with Bill de Decker in 1993. Under Conklin, the firm developed business aviation’s first true relative cost database, the forerunner of its Aircraft Cost Evaluator. Conklin has been in aviation for 62 years, starting in 1942 with the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following his retirement, he will become president emeritus and serve in an advisory role. Visit

Board Member and Honoree

The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) recently added Linda McGeary to its board of directors. McGeary is student administrator for Pratt & Whitney’s Customer Training Center. Also, AWAN recently awarded Mary Feik the Richard C. Wellman Award for championing the cause of women in aviation maintenance. Feik’s maintenance career began in 1942, and her experience includes writing training manuals for the B-29, as well as logging 6,000 hours on the bomber aircraft as a flight engineer. Visit

Michael, Senior Marketing Mngr.

Magdy Michael has been hired as senior marketing manager of TECOM Industries, Thousand Oaks, Calif., a developer of custom antenna systems. He will be responsible for finding new commercial and government business opportunities. Michael, who brings more than 17 years of experience to this position, was previously the senior director of worldwide sales and marketing for California Amplifier’s satellite division. Visit

New Executives

Stevens Aviation, Greenville, S.C., has added new executives to its management team. Don Doty has been named general manager of the Stevens Donaldson Center facility in Greenville. He was previously the general manager of Stevens Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Hiott Daves, who has been with Stevens since 1963, was promoted from director of maintenance to director of military operations. Mike Fitzgerald, a 25-year aviation veteran, was moved from manager of engine services to director of maintenance. Visit

Tennyson, VP-ePublishing

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has named Elizabeth Tennyson vice president of ePublishing. Tennyson will oversee AOPA’s electronic communications, including AOPA Online, the AOPA Flight Training Web site, and the association’s weekly e-mail newsletters. She was most recently the vice president of publications and executive editor of AOPA Pilot magazine. Visit

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