LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Helinet Aviation, one of the largest and most respected helicopter operators on the West Coast, announced today the appointment of Jim McGowan as President. Jim brings over 28 years of aviation experience and is formerly from FLIR Systems Inc. While there, Jim held various management and leadership positions for FLIR's government and commercial focused segments. Most recently, he served as Vice President within the surveillance segment and was responsible for domestic business development for government airborne, maritime, land and man-portable systems and radar solutions. Jim also oversaw the development and execution of the company's commercial sales and distribution strategy for outdoor and tactical enforcement handheld and weapon-mounted thermal imaging products.
McGowan held a variety of leadership positions within the aviation industry before joining FLIR. Jim's previous experience includes developing and managing the fleet and special mission aircraft market at Pilatus Business Aircraft, and leading aviation system engineering and field service operations at Envirovac Inc. Prior to that, Jim performed in aircraft engineering and FAA Repair Station roles at Alaska Airlines and McDonnell Douglas respectively. "Jim brings a wealth of experience from all facets of the industry, and I look forward to having him be a key contributor to the continued growth and expansion of Helinet," said CEO Kathryn Purwin. "He understands our culture, commitments, and disciplines and I feel fortunate to bring him on board as we expand upon our nearly 30 year legacy of providing superior service." Helinet provides a multitude of services ranging from VIP charter, emergency patient and organ transport, electronic news gathering (ENG), to film and television production. Its technology division is a leading provider of surveillance solutions for law enforcement agencies throughout the country.