People on the move - November 2011

StarPort, a subsidiary of Cambata Aviation International, LLC, announces its addition of aviation industry veteran Bruce Van Allen as director of marketing for the full-service fixed-based operator (FBO) located at Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).   

Van Allen will lead StarPort’s efforts to market the aviation business’ specialties in aircraft maintenance, avionics, aircraft paint and interior refurbishment for a broad range of business aviation aircraft, such as Gulfstream, Global Express/Challenger, Falcon Jet, Hawker Beechcraft and Cessna, as well as StarPort’s first-class FBO facilities, fueling, storage and line services. Previously, Van Allen held a number of senior operating executive and group level positions  for BBA Aviation, plc.

FlightSafety International announces that Steve Phillips has been promoted to vice president, communications.

“Steve is most deserving of this promotion,” says Bruce Whitman, president & CEO. “Steve is a great asset to our company and is recognized by all of us and the industry as a true professional. He continues to contribute to FlightSafety’s success.” 

Phillips is responsible for the design, development and distribution of FlightSafety’s internal and external communications programs. He supports the wide range of industry-leading training services and advanced technology simulation equipment FlightSafety provides the aviation industry and government and military agencies worldwide.

This includes promoting, protecting and enhancing FlightSafety’s brand, through advertising, marketing programs, collateral materials, and the company’s participation in trade shows and industry events around the world. He is also responsible for FlightSafety’s public and media relations activities and serves as the company’s spokesperson.

Phillips joined FlightSafety as director, communications in 2005 and has helped to launch and support many of FlightSafety’s innovative products, services and programs. He was with Bombardier Aerospace for over 25 years prior to joining FlightSafety and held a number of positions with increasing responsibility. They included director of advertising and promotions for Bombardier’s Learjet, Challenger and Global Express aircraft programs and director of marketing for Bombardier Flexjet.

TWC Aviation, Inc. announces that it has hired industry veteran Richard Thompson as director of aircraft management sales, and established a new office to better serve the company’s growing client base throughout New England. Thompson will engage with individuals and corporations to identify, analyze, and achieve their ownership and travel objectives through a custom tailored program. 

 Thompson has more than 17 years of aviation experience spanning Part 91, 121, 135 and 145 operations. Before joining TWC, he was vice president of the Technical Services Group for Aviation Management Systems. Previously he was president of MV Air Group and director of maintenance for various operators.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company announces the appointment of Michael “Willy” D. Andersen as Vice president and program director for of the V-22 Osprey and deputy director of the Bell-Boeing Program office. In this dual role, Andersen will report directly to Mitch Snyder, executive vice president of military programs at Bell Helicopter and to John Rader, executive director of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Program. 

Andersen is a retired Air Force Colonel with 27 years of service and a unique blend of experiences in product development and business operations, having directed and managed product portfolios for aircraft, weapons, avionics and cyber and international sales.  

In his new role, Andersen will represent Bell Helicopter in all Bell-Boeing Program Office (BBPO) decisions and initiatives, working directly with customers and Boeing in the overall contracting and execution of the program.  

During his Air Force career, Andersen served as director, chief engineer and deputy lead for Mission Systems for the F-35, squadron commander, operations officer, flight test engineer, and chief engineer and at Air Force installations across the country as well as Air Force Deputy Division Chief at the Pentagon. 

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the largest, independent provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, announces the addition of industry veterans and Rolls-Royce engine experts, Edward Baillif as product line specialist, and Zane Cox, as technical advisor.

Ed Baillif joins JSSI with fifteen years of experience at Rolls-Royce in a variety of technical positions. A former Jet Engine Mechanic for the United States Air Force, Ed graduated with an Aircraft and Powerplant certificate from the Teterboro School of Aeronautics, where he spent four years teaching jet engine theory. 

Zane Cox joins JSSI with more than twenty-five years of experience in the aviation industry, having spent the last ten years with Rolls-Royce engines in Tucson, AZ. In his role as the Regional Customer Service Manager, Zane was the key project support contact for Rolls-Royce corporate operators at service centers throughout the west coast. Zane is an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic from Northrop University in Los Angeles, CA.

“Ed and Zane are experts when it comes to Rolls-Royce turbine engine maintenance, and we are delighted to add them to the biggest and best team in the hourly cost maintenance business,” says George Kleros, vice president, technical services for JSSI.  “Their reputations throughout the Global and Gulfstream operator community are outstanding, and we are proud to have them on board,” adds Kleros.

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