Atlas Air Appoints Lillian Dukes SVP, Technical Operations

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings announced that Lillian A. Dukes has been appointed senior vice president, Technical Operations. Dukes will lead the company’s Technical Operations, overseeing all maintenance and engineering activities at the company, and report to James A. Forbes, executive vice president and COO. She will have responsibility for management of the total technical operations…

Trenchard Aviation Group Appoints New COO

Trenchard Aviation Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Smith as its new chief operating officer. With more than 25 years senior management experience in airline engineering and MRO, Smith will be responsible for all operations across manufacturing, parts and repairs, and on-wing services. The company says Smith has extensive knowledge of Trenchard…

THOMMEN Welcomes New CEO

THOMMEN AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT Ltd. announced Daniel Grosch has joined the THOMMEN team on March 10th 2020 as their new CEO, based at the headquarters in Switzerland. Grosch previously served as company director and director of Business Development at MSI Defence Systems and vice president Global Sales at Arktis Radiation Detectors with a proven track record…

ITS Appoints Sean Myers VP of Engines

Sean Myers is joining ITS as vice president of enginnes. He will be responsible for leading the development and execution of strategic planning and global asset management within the ITS Engine Group. Serving most recently as Asset Manager with MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V., Myers has more than 13 years’ experience in Engine Leasing &…

AVMATS Leader and Co-Founder Butch Giessman Dies

Longtime AVMATS leader and co-founder, Arthur “Butch” C. Giessman II, passed away on March 29, 2020. Giessman graduated from Parks College and worked as an A&P at Rockwell International moving through the ranks to service manager. In 1974, Giessman left Rockwell to help start the Technical Services Department at MidCoast Aviation, where he worked until…

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson on Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson is voluntarily self-quarantining after a short meeting with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart just before a House hearing on March 11. Diaz-Balart has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, Dickson quarantined. So far the top FAA executive and former Delta Air Lines SVP says he feels fine. “For…

AAR elects H. John Gilbertson to its Board of Directors

AAR announced that H. John Gilbertson, Jr., retired managing director of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has been elected to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. The addition of Gilbertson increases the size of the Board from 11 to 12 directors.  “We are very pleased to welcome John to our Board of Directors and look…

IBA Announces Changes to its Senior Leadership Team

IBA Group announced the appointment of Ian Beaumont to chief executive officer (CEO) of IBA Group effective from 11th March 2020. Phil Seymour, IBA’s former CEO will continue to serve as company president. For the past five years the business has been successfully led by Phil Seymour and has seen a period of rapid growth…

Crawford Steps into Top Job at SOLJETS

SOLJETS announced the promotion of aviation professional Ryan Crawford to chief technology officer (CTO). In his new role, Crawford will be charged with further advancing SOLJETS’ cutting-edge technology, ensuring an enhanced client experience. In this role as CTO, SOLJETS says Crawford will utilize his expertise to “usher in and inspire a new technology vision and…

West Star Aviation Announces Promotion of Midwest Regional HR Manager

West Star announced the promotion of Amber Kasting to human resource manager, Midwest region. Amber will be responsible for managing Alton, IL (ALN), and the Perryville, MO (PCD), satellite locations along with their Mobile Repair Teams (AOG/MRT). Kasting has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology with an emphasis in Organizational Development and has played an instrumental…