Avionics Technicians

Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport has appointed John DiMattei as avionics engineer and Patrick Daniel as a technician installing avionics systems and components. DiMattei is responsible for design and engineering services for avionics installations and upgrades for turbine-powered business aircraft. This includes producing computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, ensuring the proper integration into exiting aircraft systems and checking compatibility between new and existing avionics. Daniel is qualified to work on all types of avionics equipment, including communications, navigation, DME, radar and packages such as enhanced vision systems and head-up displays. Visit www.banyanair.com.

Robert Mehmel

Parsippany, N.J.-based DRS Technologies Inc. has promoted Robert Mehmel to executive vice president and chief operating officer. He will oversee the company’s domestic and international operations. Mehmel was previously executive vice president of business operations and strategy for DRS. Prior to joining the company, he was director of corporate development at Jabil Circuit Inc. of St. Petersburg, Fla. Visit www.drs.com.

Executive Changes

Christophe Bernardini is the new chief executive officer and president of the board of directors of TAT Industries, a European aircraft maintenance provider. He was previously president and managing director of Sabena Technics and assistant managing director of TAT. The appointment comes after the company’s recent creation of a supervisory committee and board of directors, following TAT’s acquisition of Sabena in July 2005. Alain Corbel, formerly CEO of TAT Industries, will chair the committee. Visit www.tat-industries.com.

Joseph Howell

Stevens Aviation, an avionics and refurbishment provider in Greensville, S.C., has named Joseph Howell as general manager of its facility at Donaldson Airport. He was most recently service manager for Raytheon Aircraft Services in Tampa, Fla. Visit www.stevensaviation.com.

Kevin Buckley

Col. Kevin Buckley has assumed command of the U.S. Air Force’s C-130 Systems Group within the Mobility System Wing. That group is part of the Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He takes over from Col. Kevin Harms, who now leads the B-2 Systems Group at ASC. Buckley previously served as director of special operations mission training and preparation systems at Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla. Visit www.wpafb.af.mil.

New Appointments

The board of directors of Aviareto, a Dublin, Ireland-based registrar for the air transport industry, has appointed Niall Greene as managing director and Rob Cowan as head of operations. Greene was formerly with GE Capital Aviation Services, where he was managing director and senior vice president of business development. Cowan comes from the Irish Aviation Authority, where he was part of its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) department. Visit www.aviareto.aero.

Donald Goff

Elbit Systems Ltd. of Israel has appointed Donald Goff as vice president of government relations for its U.S. subsidiary. He will further develop legislative, regulatory and user activities relating to commercial aviation and the Department of Defense. Goff comes from Boeing, where he directed legislative efforts in support of U.S. and international commercial aerospace programs. He is also a former vice president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Visit www.elbitsystemsofamerica.com.

Nissim Hadas

The board of directors of Elta Systems Group, a subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), has appointed Nissim Hadas as president. He replaces Israel Livnat. Hadas was formerly general manager of Elta’s Radar and IMINT (Image Intelligence) division. Visit www.iai.co.il.

Saket, Thorell

Amir Saket is the new director of operations for Sabritec, a connector and cable device manufacturer in Irvine, Calif. The company also has named Fredrik Thorell as applications engineer. Saket will develop and maintain manufacturing business plans in support of customer requirements. Thorell will serve as a liaison between customers and the engineering department. Sabritec specializes in coax, triax, filtered and high-speed interconnects and fiber optic connectors, contacts and cable assemblies. Visit www.sabritec.com.

John Micheletti

The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), San Antonio, Texas, has promoted John Micheletti to assistant director of the Advanced Technologies department within its Training, Simulation and Performance Improvement division. He will help oversee a group of engineers focused on developing advanced simulation technologies. Micheletti joined SwRI in 1990, and has been involved with the analysis, design and evaluation of training and simulation software for the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps. Visit www.swri.org.

Stephen Lynas

UK-based Nallatech has named Stephen Lynas as vice president of marketing. His responsibilities include strategic, channel and product marketing. Lynas comes from Freescale Semiconductor, where he led that company’s European marketing efforts. Visit www.nallatech.com.

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