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Alton facility. Timmons began her career in corporate aircraft interior/exterior modifications more than 20 years ago. The majority of her experience is in the interior and exterior upgrade sector of corporate aircraft, plus overall business management. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Springfield with a Masters Degree, and SIU-Carbondale with a Bachelors Degree. Additionally, Timmons is instrument rated as a commercial pilot. In her new position as Corporate Aircraft Interior Sales Manager, she will be responsible for overseeing all interior and exterior projects at West Star Aviation’s ALN location. West Star also added Mike Sapanara to lead avionics technical sales. Sapanara began his avionics career in the United States Coast Guard and recently retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2007. With more than 38 years of experience, he has held positions as senior field service

engineer and regional sales manager with Rockwell Collins, where he has spent the last 22 years of his career. He holds A&P and FCC licenses. In his new position, Sapanara will initially focus on large avionics projects such as major glass retrofits, complete cabin management upgrades, and Satcom installations at the West Star’s East Alton (ALN) and Grand Junction (GJT) location.

ATP Names Ted Haugner Directorof Sales ATP announced that Ted Haugner has joined the company as

director of Sales, reporting to Rich Marino, president of ATP. In this senior leadership position, Haugner will oversee all aspects of ATP’s extensive sales and customer service channels. “ATP enjoys a strong market position due to its broad offering of fantastic products and its great reputation,” Haugner said. Before joining ATP, Haugner spent 13 years at IKON Office Solutions where most recently he was area vice president. His

responsibilities included directing business activities and coordinating equipment sales.

Ron de Bos Appointed VP Regional Effective April 1, 2012, Ron de Bos will head up AFI KLM E&M’s sales in North America where he will continue to develop the AFI KLM E&M product and client portfolio throughout the region. de Bos has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electronics and started out at KLM’s Flight Operations Department, working there from 1978 to 1995. He moved to KLM E&M in 1995 as a purchasing unit manager. In May 1999, he was appointed to head an engineering unit tasked with the maintenance Program, configuration control, and reliability for all KLM fleet types. From 2008 to 2012, he was director of Integrated Services, where he was responsible, among other things, for phasing in the new A330-300 fleet. During the same period, he chaired the joint Transavia, Martinair and KLM E&M Technical Committee. “I am very enthusiastic about taking up this new challenge. AFI KLM E&M will continue to

Xerox’s Cloud Computing Capabilities to Aid Airline Safety

Xerox recently announced it is blending its cloud capabilities with data expertise of AvFinity to provide airlines with an effective, simpler way to communicate. Built on Xerox’s on-demand cloud infrastructure (IaaS), AvFinity’s patent-pending software technology (SaaS) marketed as AIRS, will allow sharing of important data and key transmissions from airlines to other carriers and flight authorities.

While the rapid advance of technology continues to aid the North American airline industry, those same advancements are making timely and accurate communication challenging for some airlines. The pace of change specifically impacts the continual transmissions that occur during every flight, such as relaying key modifications in flight plans or weather and airport updates.

These technological advancements often involve the use of disparate or incompatible communication formats that can inhibit airlines from efficiently sharing information with key aviation agencies and airline partners around the world. Xerox business cloud services say they are solving this problem by helping airlines share critical information, such as their flight plans and passenger details, with aviation agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection of destination countries. The Xerox and AvFinity agreement facilitates multiple flight- critical services and connects an airline with flight authorities that are continuously updating flight information such as weather and airport conditions.

“Now airlines can draw on the expertise of Xerox and AvFinity to

provide seamless transmission of flight-critical communication,” says Doug Perkins, chief executive officer, AvFinity. “Airlines can transition from legacy systems that cost thousands annually to continually patch and move to lower cost, secure cloud services backed by data communications experts.”

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