Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft has hired two individuals to fulfil key roles within its management team. John Kochel has been hired as the director of parts and logistics business unit. He has an extensive aviation background; having begun his career with GKN in the International Leadership Development Program, he assumed various leadership roles including programme manager for HondaJet, business development for GKN's transparency systems and general manager of the transparency aftermarket services business unit in Garden Grove, California. Most recently, he managed the western territory for GlobalParts.aero.
Russell Crouch has been selected as Gulfstream service manager. Having served in the US Army as an aircraft mechanic, Crouch furthered his aerospace career with Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, Georgia. During his more than 25 years with the company, he has served in a variety of roles there including mechanic, crew chief, crew lead, mechanical team lead, operations manager, service team manager, senior internal sales manager and most recently as senior PS sales programme analyst. He is airframe and powerplant licensed.