Editor's Note


By Jonathan Ray | April 1, 2011
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Don Embt

CSSI, an engineering, IT and applied research company based in Washington, D.C., promoted Don Embt to program manager for the company’s System Engineering 2020 (SE2020) contract.

Embt has more than 20 years of experience in engineering and project management. For more than 15 years, he has supported FAA technically and as a manager and supervisor of various projects and contracts.

CSSI was awarded a SE2020 prime contract in 2010 to provide systems engineering and program management of several Next Generation Air Transportation System projects.

Doug Murri

Doug Murri has joined inflight entertainment supplier Row 44, of Westlake Village, Calif., as director, Airline Solutions.

Murri was most recently with Southwest Airlines. In his 16 years with the airline, Murri designed, led and implemented several key business-system and technology initiatives, including the airline’s implementation of mission critical aircraft messaging for both airborne and ground systems. He designed and deployed Southwest’s first remote server infrastructure at airport locations.

Murri also was instrumental in developing Southwest’s Onboard Performance Computer, an early electronic flight bag.

Jerry Bemis

Nextant Aerospace, of Cleveland, appointed Jerry Bemis vice president of manufacturing. Bemis has more than 25 years of aviation experience. He has led worldwide maintenance efforts for commercial carriers United and Delta Air Lines in addition to the fractional aircraft provider Flight Options.

Capt. Jaime Engdahl

Capt. Jaime W. Engdahl was named head of the Naval Air Systems Command Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration Program, UCAS-D (PMA-268). Engdahl, who was previously the deputy program manager for the E-6B Mercury Block I/IA program, succeeded Capt. Jeffrey R. Penfield, who was recently selected for promotion to rear admiral.

Engdahl completed flight training in Pensacola, Fla., and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1984. His operational assignments include Electronic Attack Squadrons 129 and 130. He has flown more than 80 combat sorties and logged 250 flight hours over Iraq and Bosnia. Engdahl also served as an acquisition professional in PMA-265 and in the E-6B program.

Mark Andrews

Metron Aviation, of Dulles, Va., appointed Mark Andrews weather principal subject matter expert.

Andrews has more than 30 years of experience in meteorological activities, including planning, budgeting and operational execution and improvement of U.S. aviation-related services.

Andrews joins Metron Aviation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he was the assistant director, Department of Commerce, NextGen Joint Planning and Development Office. He facilitated the creation and evolution of all foundational weather documents related to NextGen, including a weather concept of operations, integrated work plans and policy development.

Moshe Tal

Aitech Rugged Group, based in Chatsworth, Calif., named Moshe Tal as CEO, succeeding Roger Rowe, who retired in 2010.

Tal has been with the company since 2009 working in several departments, including business development, engineering and and marketing. He has more than 25 years of product design and engineering experience, principally associated with analog and digital signal processing technologies.

Previously, Tal was vice president of AudioCodes USA, a Voice over Internet protocol company. He joined AudioCodes USA in 2004 in connection with the acquisition of Ai-Logix.

Alan Norman

Alan Norman was named chief test pilot for the F-35 Lightning II program. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1999, Norman served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years as a fighter pilot and test pilot. In 1999, he left active duty and became an experimental test pilot for Lockheed Martin on the F-22 program. He is also Lockheed Martin’s chief pilot for the T-50 program.

Stuart Harvey

Integrated Microwave Technologies, of Mount Olive, N.J., appointed Stuart Harvey international sales director.

Harvey was most recently divisional director for Synetics Surveillance Technology, a U.K. provider of security systems. He previously worked for L-3 Communications TRL Technology, Zener Designs and Motorola GSM Systems, Swindon.

Rick Stine

StandardAero named Rick Stine senior vice president of its Components Sector in Cincinnati. Stine comes to StandardAero from HEICO, where he was senior vice president, Technical Operations.

Previously, Stine worked for GE Aircraft Engines, where he served as team leader and design engineer for advanced exhaust systems and hot section components for the Advanced Tactical Fighter demonstrator program and civil aviation programs.

Jeff Miller

Landmark Aviation named Jeff Miller general manager of its Dallas, Addison and Wichita Falls, Texas, locations.

Miller started his aviation career in the U.S. Air Force. He spent time with Miller Aviation and Trajen Flight Support before making the move to Atlantic Aviation in 2007, where he was general manager of its El Paso, Texas, location.

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