People on the move - October 2011

Duncan Aviation has promoted Monte Reeves and Tony Leitschuck to leadership positions in customer service support at the company’s Lincoln, NE facility.

As manager of customer service, Monte Reeves will lead the customer service and line service team members as well as develop customer service goals and strategies. Reeves began his career with Duncan Aviation in 1991 in the avionics installations department. He later became an airframe mechanic, inspector and airframe structures team leader. He has spent nine years as a project manager in Lincoln, being promoted to assistant manager before his most recent promotion to manager. Prior to Duncan Aviation, Reeves was employed at BF Goodrich Aerospace in Everett, WA.

Tony Leitschuck will support Reeves as assistant manager of customer service. Leitschuck started as an airframe mechanic in 1989.  He was promoted to lead mechanic and team leader by 1996 and became a project manager in 2000. He has served as team coordinator in that role. Before starting with Duncan Aviation, Leitschuck served in the Marine Corps as a structural mechanic and as a line manager for two local airports.

“In these new roles, Monte and Tony will continue to positively impact the ‘customer experience’ at Duncan Aviation,” says Jeff Lake, Duncan Aviation-Lincoln Chief Operating Officer. “They have both shown great commitment to our customers and teams over the years and I am confident that with them leading, our great reputation for customer responsiveness and support will continue to lead the industry.”

Comlux Aviation Services LLC announces the promotion of Stephen Law to the maintenance supervisor position.

Law has more than 23 years of aviation sales experience and held prior positions of A&P Mechanic for AMR Combs, project supervisor for Bombardier Aerospace and maintenance supervisor for Indianapolis Jet Center. His education includes a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology and a degree in Aircraft Maintenance Science, both from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Law is also a licensed A&P Mechanic.

Comlux Aviation Services also announces the promotion of Gary Newport to the Program Manager position.

Newport joined Comlux Aviation Services (formerly Comb Gates) in 1979 after 8 years of service in the United States Navy whereas he participated in Viet Nam on board the USS Coral Sea and the USS Ranger as an Aviation Machinists Mate. Over the next 32 years, Gary has been instrumental to the Indianapolis operation by serving in various roles that make him an ideal choice for the Program Manager position.


Comlux Aviation Services also announces the appointment of Don Salisbury to the Director of Maintenance position.

Salisbury has more than 23 years of aviation maintenance and management experience and held prior positions of director of the Structural Repair Center for Dassault Aviation Services, director of Corporate Aircraft Services for King Aerospace Commercial Corporation, VP of Aircraft Services for Precision Jet Management and service center maintenance manager for Cessna Aircraft Company. He holds an FAA Airframe & Powerplant license.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has named company veteran Jamie Fields to the newly created position of director, Repair and Overhaul Services.  Fields reports to Barry Russell, vice president, Customer Support.

In his new role, Fields is responsible for expanding and enhancing Gulfstream’s repair and overhaul capabilities worldwide, particularly for components.

Fields, a 26-year Gulfstream employee, was most recently senior manager, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul.  In this position, he oversaw and managed the infrastructure and support of Gulfstream Product Support’s business office, tooling and ground support in Savannah. His responsibilities included managing several back shops at the 679,000-square-foot Gulfstream Savannah Service Center, including the auxiliary power unit, engine, composite, hydraulic component repair, landing gear overhaul and windows/wheels/brake shops.

Fields began his career at Gulfstream as a member of the GIII production line. He has also been an avionics installer, systems test technician, service center maintenance planner, service center mechanic, avionics technician, business office manager and a customer program manager.

Fields holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Coast University and is a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has also promoted three veteran employees to help manage its growing Savannah service center. Darrell Frey, James Kelley and Jeff Kilgore were each named director, Savannah Service Center Operations.  All three men report to Charles Celli, vice president, Gulfstream Savannah Service Center Operations.

Frey, Kelley and Kilgore oversee and direct operations at the Gulfstream Savannah Service Center, which comprises the 679,000-square foot main facility and the 175,000-square foot satellite site, Gulfstream Savannah Service Center South. Each director will be responsible for a specific series of Gulfstream aircraft models. An estimated 1,400 to 1,500 aircraft are expected to visit the Savannah facility in 2011 for maintenance. 

Frey, a 24-year Gulfstream employee, was most recently general manager, Gulfstream Savannah Service Center. Kelley is a 25-year Gulfstream employee. Before being promoted to director he was the senior manager, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, in Savannah. Kilgore, a 23-year Gulfstream employee, was senior operations manager in Savannah.

Each of the new directors is a licensed airframe and power plant mechanic.  Frey also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Trinity University.

JetFlite International (JFI) announces that veteran aircraft technicians Joe Cupaiolo and Adam Delhotal have joined the organization as maintenance managers overseeing all maintenance of JFI’s Farmingdale New York based aircraft.

JFI has ramped up its maintenance staff in anticipation of our pending FAR Part 145 certification.”

Cupaiolo and Delhotal will share responsibilities including the maintenance availability of JFI aircraft, including scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, maintenance control and planning, quality control and quality assurance and the inventory and logistics supporting the Farmingdale maintenance operation.

Cupaiolo has more than 30 years experience in aircraft maintenance.  For 18 years prior to joining JFI he was a crew chief at Excel Airways working on Gulfstream,  Embraer, Hawker, and LearJet aircraft.

Prior to joining JFI, Delhotal worked for JetBlue Airways as an aircraft technician working on the Airbus A320 and Embraer E-190 aircraft. Before that he was the lead technician for D&K Aviation in Farmingdale where he worked on Challengers, Gulfstreams, Learjets and Hawkers.  Early in his career he was a maintenance technician with Garrett Aviation on Long Island.

Atlantic Aero of Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc. announces the hiring of Jerry Tindel, Jr. to oversee the company’s Falcon maintenance services. 

An aviation veteran, Tindel has more than 30 years maintenance experience, 14 of those years serving as a lead mechanic on Falcon aircraft.  Atlantic Aero has been servicing F10, F20 and F50 operators for more than 10 years and recently expanded its Falcon maintenance services to include F900 and F2000 aircraft. 

Tindel is factory trained on the Falcon 50, 2000, 2000EX and the 900EX and holds more than 320 hours of documented engine run and taxi experience on Falcon aircraft.  He previously worked for Lockheed Martin, Northrop, DynCorp and most recently Duncan Aviation.

Francis Lee has joined Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul Group (ERO) company, as general manager of the company’s new Regional Turbine Center opening in early 2012 in Singapore.

Lee spent the past 12 years as general manager at a competing provider’s Rolls-Royce 250 AMC and Turbomeca service center. Prior to that time he spent 14 years with the Hawker Siddeley Group in a variety of roles centered on engine MRO services. He holds a degree in Business Management from the Singapore branch of Bradford University (UK).

Lee will be heavily involved in the startup process of the new Dallas Airmotive Regional Turbine Center (RTC) which will be based at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park. The Dallas Airmotive Asia-Pacific Pty LTD facility is scheduled to open in Q1 2012. As general manager, Lee’s duties include day to day operation of the RTC which specializes in Honeywell TFE731 engine repair including Major Periodic Inspection (MPI) services, line maintenance on CFE738, HTF7000 turbofan engines and Honeywell APUs including GTCP36 series, RE100 and RE220. The Singapore RTC will also serve as the hub for regional technical field support and coordinate field service technicians in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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