ARGUS International names Ed Wandell new VP of Business Aviation

ARGUS International has named Ed Wandell as vice president of ARGUS PROS Business Aviation, a new position within ARGUS International. Wandell previously oversaw the Charter Evaluation and Qualification (CHEQ) Program. Wandell will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Business Aviation division for ARGUS PROS Audits, including ARGUS Rating Audits, ISBAO and more.  Additionally, Wandell will continue to oversee the commercial operator analysis program, TripCHEQ.  He will lead efforts to push the development of the CHEQ program forward while still ensuring all trains run on time.

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TAG Aviation names new Director of Flight Operations

Pete Beilby

TAG Aviation has named Pete Beilby as Director of Flight Operations for the UK and Malta with immediate effect. Beilby joins TAG Aviation (UK) directly from Cobham Aviation Services where he has been the Director of Flight Operations, UK Special Mission, for the last three years. Prior to this role he worked for the organisation as a Type Rating Instructor and Examiner which involved undertaking secondments to the Far East, Europe and Africa where he was responsible for delivering Operational Readiness Training. Beilby’s aviation career started in the Royal Air Force where he trained to become a pilot, spending twelve Read more

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Carsten Spohr new IATA Board Chairman

Carsten Spohr

Lufthansa Group Chief Executive Officer, Carsten Spohr, has assumed his duties as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term effective from the conclusion of the 75th IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Spohr is the 78th chair of the IATA BoG. He has served on the BoG since May 2014. Spohr succeeds Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, who will continue to serve on the BoG.

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Rob Soen appointed as Non-Executive Director to Nasmyth Group

Rob Soen

Rob Soen has been appointed as Non-Executive Director to the Nasmyth Group Board effective from 1 June 2019. Soen’s role will be to continue his support as advisor to the Board providing a strategic view and guidance to ensure compliance as part of the ongoing expansion of the Nasmyth Group. He has a wealth of experience having spent 23 years in Automotive and 16 years in Aerospace working amongst others Dunlop, Tennaco Europe, Unipart and Thyssen Krupp – and more recently he retired from GKN as Senior Vice President Supply Chain.

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CDB Aviation expands Americas commercial team

Luis da Silva

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing has announced the latest addition to its global commercial team; Luís da Silva has been appointed as Head of Commercial, the Americas. Da Silva has over two decades of experience in aviation and aircraft leasing, with his career predominantly focused on marketing and sales activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to CDB Aviation, he served as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Latin America for GECAS. Previously, he held senior sales positions within Airbus, based in both Toulouse and Miami, where he cultivated the manufacturer’s Read more

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Flybe CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener to step down

Flybe has released that Christine Ourmières-Widener has decided to step down from her role as Chief Executive Officer of Flybe Limited on July 15th, 2019, following the successful sale of the business to Connect Airways. The Company expects to announce Christine’s successor before her departure to ensure a smooth handover.

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Macquarie Group appoints Kate Vetch as Head of Compliance in EMEA

Kate Vetch has been appointed as the new Regional Head of Compliance for Macquarie Group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), subject to regulatory approvals. This will take effect from early September 2019. Vetch will join Macquarie as an Executive Director and will sit on the EMEA Management Committee alongside Paul Plewman, the EMEA region’s new Chief Executive Officer.  A qualified accountant by background, Ms Vetch has spent 17 years working in Compliance, starting her career at JP Morgan in Australia and spending time at Citigroup and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Vetch is currently Global Head of Read more

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APOC Aviation appoints Karim Grinate as new Sales Manager

Karim Grinate

Innovative aircraft and engines leasing, trading and part-out specialist APOC Aviation,  has appointed Karim Grinate as new sales manager. Alongside his world-wide sales responsibilities, Grinate will focus on establishing world-class status for APOC’s AOG department in tandem with its enhanced stock inventory of Boeing and Airbus spare parts. Headquartered in The Netherlands, APOC Aviation’s expanding global footprint includes three regional sales offices in Colombia, Lithuania and Miami. It will be Grinate’s role to strengthen ties with existing customers and build new business opportunities for APOC’s aircraft parts division. Previous experience includes senior positions with Qatar Airways Cargo, Oman Air Cargo Read more

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Jet Edge International commits US$100m+ to new aircraft sales consulting division

Kevin White

Jet Edge International, one of the largest full-service Private Aviation platforms, has appointed Kevin White to serve as President of its new Jet Edge Partners division. Established as the premier pre-owned Gulfstream salesperson, White joins Jet Edge International in conjunction with the company announcing the second phase of its capital raise. White will oversee Jet Edge Partners as the division begins its search for aircraft investment opportunities. The new Jet Edge Partners division solidifies Jet Edge International’s commitment to delivering customers and partners a highly sophisticated end-to-end aviation services platform. Kevin White joins Jet Edge from AvPro Inc., an aircraft Read more

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Niki Lauda, former F1 World champion and founder of Lauda Air, Niki and Laudamotion airlines, has died

Lauda Air ©AirTeamImages

The worlds of Formula 1 and commercial airlines are today mourning the sad passing of Niki Lauda. His family announced today (Tuesday) that he had “passed away peacefully” on Monday, May 20. He was 70. Lauda was FI World Champion three time, in 1975 and 1977 while driving for Ferrari, and again in 1984 while driving for McLaren. His achievement in 1977 was even more remarkable as this followed a horrific accident in the 1976 German Grand prix where he suffered extensive burns and life-threatening damage to his lungs but returned to full-time racing just 40 days after the incident. Read more

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