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HANGAR TALK


Omniflight Appoints


Thomas Leverton CEO Omniflight Helicopters, Inc.


Kaman Helicopters Delivers 1,000th BLACK HAWK Erosion Protection Coated Main Rotor Blade


Kaman Helicopters has delivered the 1,000th helicop- ter rotor blade protected with Kaman’s erosion-resistant coating system. U.S. Army BLACK HAWK helicopters are utilizing main rotor blades with Kaman’s innovative coating system and have reported significantly improved blade life, increased aircraft availability and reduced maintenance requirements. The latest erosion-resistant blade delivery defines another successful chapter in Kaman’s ongoing support of U.S. war fighters around the world. The program has been in production for more than two years with a flaw- less quality assurance record.


As the only U.S. company certified to apply Hontek sprayable protective coatings to rotor blades, Kaman has improved the operational effectiveness of U.S. Army BLACK HAWK helicopters flying in the harsh desert envi- ronments of Iraq and Afghanistan where sand can cause damage to the leading edges of helicopter blades during rotation. Coated rotor blades operate effectively in rain, sand, gravel and icing conditions, and worn coatings can easily be repaired in the field. After reviewing the system’s proven performance with the U.S. Army, the Naval Air Systems Command is qualifying the coating process for use on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps helicopters. Kaman has invested heavily in infrastructure and equipment at its HeliworX™ subcontracting facility to support the rotor blade protection program and to devel- op its world-class design, development, manufacture and repair of composite rotor blades.


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recently announced the appointment of Thomas Leverton to the role of chief executive officer. Leverton replaces Robert A. Peiser who will be left the company to pur- sue his interests in corporate and not-for-profit board serv- ice. Peiser has served as chair- man and CEO since February 2008. He will continue to serve on the Omniflight Board of Directors.


Leverton joins Omniflight from TXU Energy, the largest electric market retailer in Texas, where he served as chief operat- ing officer. In that role, Leverton had responsibility for operations, marketing, sales and technology. “Tom Leverton is a seasoned leader with whom I have become closely acquainted during the past several months,” said Peiser. “He brings to Omniflight years of corporate experience and is extremely knowledgeable, decisive, inquis- itive and creative. In addition, he is a very quick learner and comfortable with both detailed analytics as well as broad strate- gic issues. We anticipate a smooth transition as Tom settles in to his new role.”


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