Editor's Note


By Jonathan Ray | September 1, 2011
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ICG Appointments

International Communications Group (ICG), based in Newport News, Va., promoted Kieran Kennedy to senior director, OEM sales. Kennedy has more than 20 years experience in the aviation industry and most recently was manager, OEM sales.

The company also named Todd Ellison director, OEM sales in its Dallas office. Prior to this, Ellison was satcom sales manager for Cobham/Chelton and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

GE Appointments

GE Aviation Systems named Alan C. Caslavka vice president, Avionics Systems. Caslavka was most recently with Rockwell Collins as vice president and general manager for its Precision Strike Platforms and Navigation Products group. During his more than 25 years at Rockwell Collins, he held various manufacturing, operations, engineering and program management positions.

Additionally, GE Aviation named Anthony J. Aiello vice president Assembly, Test and Overhaul. Aiello will lead all development, manufacturing, testing and overhaul facilities operated by GE Aviation around the world. Aiello began his career with GE in 1986, most recently serving as generation manager of the GE90 product line. Before that, he held several leadership positions in manufacturing, assembly and testing at both GE Transportation and GE Aviation.

Dennis Hildreth

Aircell named Dennis Hildreth manager of OEM sales. In his new role, Hildreth is responsible for managing the company’s ongoing relationship with business aircraft manufacturers and will be an active participant in the company’s strategic growth.

With nearly 30 years of broad-based aviation and technology experience, Hildreth joins Aircell from Rockwell Collins where he was principal marketing manager-flight information solutions. Prior to that, he held roles of increasing responsibility during a 27-year career with Hawker Beechcraft.

Scott Kaczor

West Star Aviation named Scott Kaczor regional sales manager for the Southeast territory, based in Tequesta, Fla.

Kaczor has nearly 30 years of corporate aviation sales experience with 15 years in management.

William L. Ballhaus

SRA International, based in Fairfax, Va., parent company of Era, named William L. Ballhaus CEO, replacing Stanton D. Sloane, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Previously, Ballhaus was CEO, president and a director of DynCorp International, as well as president of BAE Systems Network Systems, National Security Solutions and Mission Solutions businesses.

Ken Gordon

CSSI, based in Washington, D.C., appointed Ken Gordon chief operating officer.

Gordon has more than 20 years of private and public sector experience and most recently was president and founder of Antelum Capital Partners, a consulting and investment capital firm focused on government products and services markets. Before that, he worked in a number of roles, including directing the strategic planning process for a $700 million line of business at Raytheon; supporting a number of senior government officials at the Pentagon and in Congress; and working as an engineer at The Aerospace Corp.

Capt. Randall J. TeBeest

Capt. Randall J. TeBeest assumed command of the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) in Tampa, Fla. The center is home to most of NOAA’s 11 research aircraft, including the agency’s WP-3D Orion and Gulfstream-IV.

TeBeest joined the NOAA Corps in 1990 and has served in a variety of operational capacities aboard several NOAA and U.S. Navy aircraft and two NOAA ships. As a career aviator, he has spent a majority of his service assigned to AOC supporting hurricane research and reconnaissance, remote sensing, snow survey and air chemistry missions. He also served as maintenance branch deputy chief, flight management section chief and executive officer.

John W. Gallman

Mid-Continent Instruments, of Wichita, Kan., appointed John W. Gallman division director for the company’s True Blue Power division.

Gallman has more than 20 years experience in business aviation and most recently was principal engineer for technology development at Cessna Aircraft. He began his career at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Larry R. Flynn

General Dynamics appointed Larry R. Flynn president of Gulfstream Aerospace.

Flynn joined Gulfstream in May 1995 as vice president of aircraft services, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in managing aircraft service facilities. Before joining Gulfstream, he was vice president, location based services, for Stevens Aviation.

Tom Lieser

Duncan Aviation named Tom Lieser manager of Duncan Aviation-St. Paul, the company’s avionics satellite facility in St. Paul, Minn.

Most recently Lieser was crew lead for Duncan Aviation’s Chicago avionics satellite shop, moving there from the St. Paul location as an avionics technician.

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