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Gone West:  Celebrating the Life of Max Halliburton

Aviation safety suffered a major loss on Nov. 23, 2019, when The Giles Group’s senior associate Loyd Max Halliburton passed away.  Max was a long-time consultant for The Giles Group as well as for our predecessor the FJ Leonelli Group. Max was a consummate aviation professional who brought extensive experience from the military, commercial aviation, and the FAA to his safety work. Among his most notable safety contributions was his work at the FAA developing the first DFW certificate management office and overseeing the integration of five part 121 airlines into one American Eagle airline.

Just as valued as his deep knowledge, Max was a class act and a true gentleman with a heart as big as his home state of Texas. As my colleague Tom Kenny said, “When you worked with Max you became a friend, not just a work associate.”

Farewell, good friend.

Asian Aviation Aviation News in Brief: Oct 16, 2019

“The Giles Group Expands Team — International aviation consultancy The Giles Group announced that it named Mark Rudo as a senior associate. Rudo was recently vice president Quality, ODA, and Product Support at ALOFT AeroArchitects. That position followed a 25-year career in US Airways’ maintenance and engineering organisation where he held progressively more senior positions. The Giles Group performs safety assessments and regulatory compliance audits, assists operators and repair stations to incorporate Safety Management Systems, and also develops and delivers training programmes. Clients include air carriers and business aviation operators, maintenance organisations, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, and foreign civil aviation authorities.”

Press Release: September 18, 2019

THE GILES GROUP NAMES STEFAN KELLER CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Silver Spring, MD, Sept. 18, 2019 – International aviation consultancy The Giles Group announced today that Stefan Keller was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

Keller has been with The Giles Group for five years, most recently as Senior Associate where he led and coordinated projects across the country and world. His focus has been on providing FAA certification support to aeronautical repair stations worldwide, implementing safety risk management assessments of safety management and quality systems, and using data collection tools to gather and analyze safety and compliance data. Prior to joining The Giles Group, Keller worked for the FJ Leonelli Group for 12 years and was instrumental in writing operations and maintenance manuals, helping applicants comply with regulatory requirements, and performing safety audits of foreign and domestic airlines.

“Stefan Keller, whose technical and regulatory knowledge is unmatched, has been crucial to the success of The Giles Group,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Carol Giles. “With Stefan leading day-to-day activities and his strong project management background, we are positioning our firm to grow and expand our capabilities.”

The Giles Group performs safety assessments and regulatory compliance audits, assists operators and repair stations incorporate Safety Management Systems, and develops and delivers training programs. Clients include air carriers and business aviation operators, maintenance organizations, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, and foreign civil aviation authorities.

Article: Summer, 2019

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It really isn’t your father’s FAA anymore. Anyone reading this remember when a certain term, which included a reference to hard-toed footwear, was used to describe aviation’s favorite regulator? That one doesn’t fly so well any longer.

Check out my article in the new issue of Aviation Business Journal on The FAA Compliance Program: Moving from Beat Cop to Community Policing.

Article: December, 2018

Check out my article  We Can Do It: Combating Aviation’s Workforce Challengesin the 2018 4th quarter issue of the National Air Transportation Association’s Aviation Business Journal. 

There’s a lot to do to make sure we have a steady supply of aviation maintenance technicians and pilots and NATA is taking a lead role.

Press Release: November 29, 2017

THE GILES GROUP ASSISTS SOUTHERN SKY AVIATION WITH “EXTREMELY EFFICIENT” INITIAL FAA CERTIFICATION

Silver Spring, MD, Nov. 29, 2017 – International aviation consultancy The Giles Group announced today that it successfully worked with Southern Sky Aviation of Birmingham, Ala., to support the repair station receiving its initial FAA part 145 certification.

“In all my experience inside and out of the FAA, this may be the quickest and most efficient repair station certification,” said Carol E. Giles, president of The Giles Group.

In early August, Southern Sky contacted The Giles Group for assistance. An agreement covering the necessary tasks to support an initial FAA certification, including submitting a part 145 application and producing manuals and other documentation, was reached between the two parties. The work began in September in earnest; the FAA issued the certification on November 16.

“What made the process so smooth,” Giles added, “was the leadership and professionalism of the FAA’s Alabama and Northwest Florida FSDO, our team’s depth of knowledge and experience in certifications, and Southern Sky stepping up with dedicated personnel to get the job done.”

“It really helps to bring in experts who understand the regulations and the importance of following proper procedures,” said Bo Andrews, president, Southern Sky Aviation. “As for the FAA, in every contact we had, it was clear they wanted us to succeed and to succeed on behalf of safety.”

The Giles Group performs safety assessments and regulatory compliance audits, assists operators and repair stations incorporate Safety Management Systems, and develops and delivers training programs. Clients include air carriers and business aviation operators, maintenance organizations, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, and foreign civil aviation authorities.

Press Release: June 26, 2017

The Giles Group announced today that it named Steve Boyd and Tony Janco as Senior Associates,

“Steve Boyd has extensive experience in airplane and systems design and certification , while Tony Janco’s background is in aircraft maintenance, technical support, and document production,” said President Carol E. Giles. “They both bring critical capabilitiesy to help meet the safety and operational needs of our growing global customer base.”

Press Release: June 6, 2016

The Giles Group announced on June 6, 2016, that Michael (Mike) Anderson is the new director of business development. “Mike’s distinguished 30-year career in aviation management, his deep knowledge of safety regulation and processes, and his commitment to best practices makes him a perfect fit for our business,” said President Carol E. Giles. Early in his career he worked for Boeing Commercial Airplane Group and then Lockheed Aircraft Company. Before serving as Vice President / General Manager for the HAECO Americas (formerly TIMCO Aviation Services) Greensboro, NC, MRO facility, he was Senior Vice President Operations at Mobile Aerospace Engineering. A graduate of Wichita State University, Anderson holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate.

Article: July-August, 2015

Aero Safety World CoverCheck out my article on “The ABCs of Aviation Maintenance Manuals” in the July-August 2015 issue of AeroSafety World, the flagship publication of the Flight Safety Foundation. I talk about the importance of accuracy, balance, and clarity in maintenance manuals — principles that certainly apply to operations manuals. Just as important as the ABCs is execution, which means using the manual, the prescribed procedure, every time.

The magazine is on the Flight Safety Foundation website. FSF members have access to the new issue. Non-members can download the article here.