WACO, Texas, May 2, 2012 – Jim Allmon, president and CEO of Blackhawk, the worldwide leader in single- and twin-engine turboprop aircraft performance improvement systems, announced today that the company has appointed Taleb Zeitouny as chief engineer.
Zeitouny will report to Jon Adams, Blackhawk director of Engineering, and help to guide the company’s technology developments as Blackhawk meets growing demand for its aircraft upgrade programs.
“A sophisticated engineering company like Blackhawk that is continuously increasing our product offerings and expanding our footprint in the composites industry will greatly benefit from Taleb’s skills and capabilities,” said Allmon. “Taleb understands the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) process and offers solid knowledge in composite technologies.”
Zeitouny comes to Blackhawk with more than 16 years of progressive engineering and engineering management experience. He served as a senior mechanical structures and systems engineer for The Boeing Company in Wichita, KS, on various upgrade programs for the U.S. Air Force KC/RC-135 tanker, E-6 airborne command centers, and the B-52 strategic bomber. He also worked as a senior engineer for L-3 Communications Integrated Systems and a senior systems engineer for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program for Goodrich Landing Gear and also Eaton Aerospace Company. He later held similar positions for Rockwell Collins, AAR Cargo Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Integrated Mission Systems, and most recently for DRS Technologies – Defense Solutions. His experience involves nearly every aspect of aerospace program engineering management, including planning design, test and validation, finance and administration.
Zeitouny holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University, and is completing requirements for a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also has completed training in composites manufacturing, and holds FAA airworthiness certifications.
Blackhawk, founded in 1999 in Waco, Texas, is a recognized aviation leader in providing engine performance solutions to the turboprop fleet. The company has the largest installed fleet of STC twin-engine turboprop engine upgrades, making Blackhawk the largest non-OEM buyer of new Pratt & Whitney turboprop engines in the world. A worldwide network of approved dealers and service support centers complements Blackhawk’s U.S. facilities. For more information, please visit http://www.blackhawk.aero.
Jon Adams has joined the company as Director of STC Projects, Administrative Designated Engineering Representative (DER), and Micky Bitcon has been named Chief Financial Officer.
The new addition adds 5,000 square feet to Blackhawk’s 13,000 square-foot headquarters building at Waco Regional Airport (KACT).
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