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DEA appoints Director of Engineering

January 2015: Gerald Cooper is appointed as Director of Engineering for DEA (Diamond-Executive Aviation) responsible for DEA’s Part M, Part 145 and Part 21 activities.

Gerald joins DEA from a multi discipline 25 year career in global aerial survey, freight and passenger operations where he has held almost all EASA/CAA post holder approvals. In addition, in his spare time, Gerald has represented the UK at the World Aerobatic Championships.

Gerald’s primary roles are to develop DEA’s own Part 21 design capabilities to allow DEA greater flexibility and capability to meet a wide variety of customer and partner requirements whilst developing further DEA’s ability to provide a wide range of airworthiness management and maintenance capabilities across multiple continents and across different regulatory environments.

Furthermore as a secondary role, Gerald will function as a deputy post holder for flight operations providing operational input and oversight into DEA’s survey based operations in Europe and the Middle East.

Gerald who also is an EASA licenced engineer qualified on DA42s has held posts including head of flight operations, head of quality, AOC accountable manager, Part 145 accountable manager and Part 21 accountable managers.

Gerald spent over 20 years operating survey aircraft globally for his family’s business.

Peter Bondar, DEA’s CEO commented “we are absolutely thrilled to have such an accomplished and experienced individual join DEA’s senior management team. With DEA’s focus on long range and foreign operations, Gerald’s operational experience is a major asset to DEA. Given that we have an extensive and ongoing requirement to adapt our fleet of Diamond DA42s to meet the ever evolving needs of our partners, the ability for DEA to manage this in house is a key strategic imperative”


Gerald looking cool..


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DEA appoints former Red Arrow leader to augment DEA flight operations

February 2015:  Dicky Patounas joins DEA’s senior management team to help take DEA to the next level as the deputy head of flight operations with special responsibility for overall flight /ground operations co-ordination.

Dicky Patounas joins DEA after a 25 year eclectic and wide ranging flying career in the RAF latterly overseeing the introduction of Typhoon into both UK and Saudi operational service and previously two tours of duty with the Red Arrows, latterly as ‘Red One’ aka the most senior operational manager of the squadron.

DEA appoints Director of Engineering

January 2015: Gerald Cooper is appointed as Director of Engineering for DEA (Diamond-Executive Aviation) responsible for DEA’s Part M, Part 145 and Part 21 activities.

Gerald joins DEA from a multi discipline 25 year career in global aerial survey, freight and passenger operations where he has held almost all EASA/CAA post holder approvals. In addition, in his spare time, Gerald has represented the UK at the World Aerobatic Championships.

DEA and DA42 MPP mentioned in ThinkDefence Article

There is a general and widespread assumption that unmanned ISTAR is cheap ISTAR but I think the best that can be said of this assumption is that the jury is still out. Taking into consideration loss rates, bandwidth costs and other factors there is still a demand for manned ISTAR in high or low threat environments.

An example of this in a UK context is.. the continued use by the British Army of Diamond DA42’s in the fast jet/RPAS surrogate role for training support, contracted to the Army through 3DSL

 
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