BAE Systems has named Aaron Penkacik as the chief technical officer (CTO) for its Information & Electronics Systems Integration sector. Penkacik remains the CTO of the Information and Electronic Warfare Systems sector and vice president of the Advanced Systems and Technology organization. In addition, BAE Systems North America’s Platform Solutions sector has named Mike Austill the managing director of its Avionics Systems Division. He was formerly the vice president of the Aerospace Controls Division and has held several positions with Lockheed Martin and General Electric. Visit www.baesystems.com.
Blanding, Vice President-Operations
SimAuthor Inc., Boulder, Colo., a provider of data analysis and visualization application software for aviation, has announced the hiring of Barry Blanding as its vice president of operations. Blanding has more than 30 years of experience in flight simulation engineering, operations and management. Visit www.simauthor.com.
Newell, Director-Military Sales
EMS Technologies Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, has announced Stephen Newell as the director of military sales for its satcom division. He has over a decade of experience in airborne satellite and military communications systems and has spent the last two years as a senior account manager for EMS’ aeronautical group. In his new position he will be based out of Washington, D.C. Visit www.emssatcom.com.
Rosa, Senior Technical Support Specialist
Sandel Avionics, Vista, Calif., recently hired Arthur L. Rosa Jr. for the newly created position of senior technical support specialist. In the position Rosa will facilitate the installation of the company’s ST3400 TAWS/RMI (terrain avoidance warning system/radio magnetic indicator) in aircraft that must comply with the Federal Aviation Administration’s TAWS mandate. Visit www.sandel.com.
Capeci, VP and Director
The Avionics Division of ITT Industries recently promoted John Capeci to vice president and director, business development. Capeci’s 30 years of experience in defense and aerospace electronics includes positions at Honeywell International, Smiths Industries and Bendix Corp. (now part of Honeywell). In his new position he will be in charge of both domestic and international business development. Visit www.itt.com.
Vice, VP-Business Development
Thomas Vice was named vice president of business development for Northrop Grumman Corp.’s Integrated Systems sector. Vice was most recently the vice president of operations for the Integrated Systems sector. He began at Northrop Grumman in 1986 as an engineer of the B-2 stealth bomber program. Visit www.northropgrumman.com.
Mahone, Assistant Vice President
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has named its current director of space policy, Bruce Mahone, the assistant vice president of technical operations. Mahone’s new position will require him to coordinate the activities of AIA’s Technical Operations Council, which develops policy, requirements and standards for technical and operations issues. Visit www.aia-aerospace.org.
Peraus, Head of Air & Naval Defence
Franz Peraus has been named the new head of Air and Naval Defence for the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co.’s (EADS’) Defence and Communications Systems business unit in Ulm, Germany. He succeeds Bernhard Gerwert who was promoted to president and chief executive officer of EADS Defence Electronics. Peraus was formerly the company’s head of human resources. Visit www.eads.com.
Pentastar Aviation, Waterford, Mich., has chosen Randall Stroud as vice president of new business development. Stroud has held several positions at Pentastar, including airframe/powerplant technician, maintenance control manager, maintenance scheduling manager, and invoicing department manager. Pentastar has also named Lauran Weiner as the new marketing manager. She will be responsible for the company’s marketing plans, special events, media relations and cooperative marketing opportunities. Visit www.pentastaraviation.com.
Rosser, Senior Manager
Jacqueline Rosser, manager of flight operations for the National Air Transport Association (NATA), Alexandria, Va., was recently promoted to senior manager of regulatory affairs. In her new position Rosser will be involved in NATA’s regulatory agenda and will oversee the organization’s activities involving air charter and fractional ownership programs. Visit www.nata-online.org.
Wing Aviation, Conroe, Texas, has promoted and hired new officers. Frank Zimerman was promoted from director of operations to vice president of John Wing Aviation Inc. In his new position he will oversee the maintenance of John Wing Aviation aircraft and managed aircraft, and assist with charter sales. Wing Aviation also promoted David Perez from paint and interior manager to director of operations, where he will be in charge of all of the company’s production efforts. Wing Aviation has also hired Matt Hubert as the new manager of financial planning and analysis. Visit www.wingaviation.com.