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Management Promotions Within PenAir

Anchorage – Due to the pending retirement of PenAir’s Chief Operating Officer, Dave Hall, several changes in upper management have been announced. Current Chief Financial Officer, Dave Richards, has been named to replace Hall as C. O. O. Richards has been with PenAir 9 months, and brings experience from Era Aviation where he was V.P. of Finance for six years and Controller with the Municipality of Anchorage for six years as well.
Brian Whilden, Vice President, Safety and Compliance, has been promoted to Sr. Vice President, Flight Operations and Safety. Whilden has held many positions in his 29-year PenAir career starting on the ramp in King Salmon. He also served as station manager moving throughout the PenAir’s routes of King Salmon, Dillingham and Dutch Harbor.Murphy Forner, Vice President, Ground Operations, has been named Sr. Vice President, Ground Operations and Business Development. Forner has held various positions with PenAir over the last 6 years, and spent 11 years with Era Aviation and 20 years at Alaska Airlines, all in the Ground Operations and Station Operations arena.
Al Orot, has been named Vice President, Ground Operations – Alaska. Orot previously held the position of Vice President of Cargo Operations until the sale of the all-cargo Saab 340 fleet. Orot, another long-term employee with the company, has held various services position in his 28-year career with PenAir. Dallas Anthony, Regional Director, Ground Operations—Alaska, has been named Managing Director, Ground Operations, Contiguous U. S. His career includes 4 years with PenAir, including Manager of Safety and Regional Director Ground Operations – AK.
Nick Aderman, Director of Maintenance, to Vice President of Aircraft Maintenance. Nick started with PenAir in September 2003 as a night shift aircraft mechanic. During his 14 years prior to becoming Director of Maintenance he held positions as Lead Aircraft Mechanic, Aircraft Inspector, and Outsource Maintenance Representative for Heavy Check Aircraft. Hall, who has served as C. O. O. for PenAir for the last five years, has been in the aviation industry for 42 years, including a 23-year career with Alaska Airlines beginning in 1975.

About PenAir
Celebrating 60 plus years of service, PenAir began in 1955 in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Today, PenAir is one of the largest operators of Saab 340 turboprop aircraft in the country. PenAir currently serves eight communities in southwest Alaska. They also operate scheduled flights between Boston and Presque Isle, ME, Plattsburgh, NY and Bar Harbor, ME. The Company also operates service out of Portland, OR to North Bend, OR, Crescent City, CA, Arcata/Eureka, CA, Redding CA, & Klamath Falls, OR. In 2016 PenAir started a hub in Denver, CO where they are currently operating to Liberal & Dodge City, KS, and to Kearney, NE, North Platte, NE and Scottsbluff, NE. For flight details and promotions more info can be found at

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