Frédéric Fourciangue has been appointed CEO of Turbomeca UK, replacing Christian Hamel. Fourciangue began his career in military support at Dassault Aviation. He joined Turbomeca in 2006, becoming head of the service management department within the customer and sales support division in 2008. His predecessor remains with Safran Group, Turbomeca's parent company.

Gulfstream Aerospace has named Derrick Zimmerman to the new position of vp product support materials. He had been Piper Aircraft's vp supply chain and aftermarket development since 2009.

Cirrus Cofounder Dale Klapmeier (L) has been appointed CEO at Cirrus Aircraft following the company's purchase by CAIGA, a Chinese GA conglomerate. Brent Wouters (R), who held the post since 2009, has left the company. Cofounder Alan Klapmeier, who served as CEO until 2009, now runs Kestrel Aircraft in Maine.

Jamie Fields is now Gulfstream's dir repair and overhaul services—a newly created position. A 26-year Gulfstream employee, he was most recently senior mgr MRO. He is responsible for expanding and improving Gulfstream's repair and overhaul capabilities worldwide, particularly for components.

Colleen Kelly has become vp client and talent relations for Aviation Personnel Intl (API). A former director at Levi Strauss, she joined API in 2007 as director of candidate services.

Last Flight

Karl Kasparian, senior customer support manager at GE Aviation, died unexpectedly on Sep 2 in Cincinnati OH at the age of 57. Kasparian joined GE in 1973 and spent many years in business aviation in a variety of roles, including engine assembly, testing and field service engineering in the US, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany. He assumed his current role at GE in 2004. Karl Kasparian is survived by his son, 2 daughters and grandson, as well as a brother and sister, his girlfriend and his ex-wife.

Mort Brown, Cessna's first chief test pilot, died in his sleep on Sep 10 at the age of 103. He became chief pilot of production flight test in 1937 and held that position until 1972. During that time, he personally logged more than 14,000 test flights and was responsible for releasing more than 85,000 airplanes through production flight test. Brown joined the US Marines in 1927 with the intent of becoming a pilot, but wound up as a seafaring Marine stationed in Nicaragua to prevent a threatened coup. He received his transport pilot's license in 1933 and spent several years as a flight instructor and utility pilot. At the age of 102, he flew right seat in an Embraer Phenom 100.


Nov 1–3: 64th Annual Intl Air Safety Seminar, Singapore. Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Flight Safety Foundation, 703-739-6700 or visit

Nov 1–3: ALEA Central Regional Safety Seminar, Austin TX. ALEA, 512-887-7328 or visit www.alea. org/events.

Nov 13–17: Dubai Air Show, Dubai, UAE. Dubai Airshow, 971-4286-7755 or visit


Jan 15–18: NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, San Diego, CA. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit www.

Feb 14–19: Singapore Airshow 2012, Changi Exhibition Centre, Changi North. Singapore Airshow & Events, 656-542-8660 or visit

Feb 12–14: Heli-Expo 2010, Dallas TX. HAI, 703-683-4646 or visit www.

Feb 17: NBAA Regional Forum, Boca Raton FL. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit

Mar 10–12: 23nd Annual WAI (Women in Aviation Intl) Conference. Hilton Anatole, Dallas TX. Contact WAI or visit

Mar 12–15: 39th Annual Intl Oper­ators Conference, San Diego CA. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit www.

Mar 27–29: Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre. Contact NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit www.

Apr 3–6: AEA (Aircraft Electronics Association) 55th Annual Convention & Trade Show, Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center National Harbor, Maryland. AEA, 816-373-6565 or visit


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