B N Unnikrisnan Aviation Operations

Unni has over four decades of experience in aviation, between the Indian Air Force as a commissioned officer and as a pilot in commercial aviation.

In his 20 year career with the IAF, Unni flew the MiG 21 FL, MiG 21M, MiG 29 and Su 30K aircraft. As a A2 rated Qualified Flying Instructor, Unni trained many a military aviator, and as a certified Fighter Combat Leader, he led frontline squadrons as Flight Commander and Commanding Officer. His stint at the Air HQ gave him perspective of military aviation operations from both tactical and strategic perspectives. He was also part of the core team that inducted the Su-30 MKI aircraft into the IAF, from requirements definition stage till operationalization of the fleet.

In commercial aviation, he flew the Boeing 737, the Airbus A320, A330 and the A350, holding Examiner ratings on A330 and A350 aircraft. He was one of the founding members in the setting up of Kingfisher Airlines in India.

Unni’s experience and knowledge of best practices in military and commercial aviation is what he brings to LAMINAAR as the Chief Knowledge Officer. A certified Gallup Coach and IOSA Auditor, Unni holds a master’s degree in Science from the University of Madras and has undergone The Wharton School’s Advanced Development Course.

David Huntzinger Aviation Safety Security & Quality

David Huntzinger is an accomplished safety expert in the aviation industry. Prior to joining Laminaar Americas, David was Director, System Safety for Ornge, a President of AeroSSQ and a GM Safety, Security & Compliance for Air Pacific. David has held various aviation safety leadership positions, e.g., with Korean Air as Vice President – Safety, Security & Compliance and with Eurocopter as Vice President – Fleet Safety.

David’s expertise includes all aspects of aviation safety, security, quality and emergency response. He has been a Subject Matter Expert with ICAO, a Vice President of Safety for America West Airlines, and served as an accident investigation team leader for Boeing Commercial and Bell Helicopter.

David has a PhD in Safety from the Union Institute and University, a Master’s of Science in Safety from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Hawaii. David served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and is an accomplished pilot with over 50 different types of aircraft flown throughout his career. David holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with a helicopter rating as well as a Commercial Pilot certificate with a multi-engine land rating.

Gp Capt Anand Krishna (Retd) Air Navigation & Traffic Services

Andy served for 31 years as an Administrative Officer with specialization in Air Traffic Services, attaining the highest rating of Category ‘A’ controller and was among the youngest to have achieved that distinction. His two instructional tenures including one as a Chief Instructor at the Air Traffic Control Officers Training Establishment, saw the centre being adjudged as a C of E by the then Chief of the Air Staff. Andy has also been an ATC Examiner for 14-years. Currently, he leads the department tasked with ensuring accurate and time bound services compiling aerodrome / ATS route data through AIP and other authorized sources; route structuring; filing of flight plans and obtaining clearances. The team also provides NOTAM services and issues warnings related to critical information affecting operations.

Andy has Masters of Science degree from the Benares Hindu University.

Gp Capt Pradeep K Nigam (Retd) Aviation Weather

Pradeep is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and has served in the Indian Air Force as a commissioned officer for 36 years as an Aviation Meteorologist. Pradeep was a participant at the International Monsoon Experiment (MONEX 79). He took formal training in Satellite Meteorology in the 1980s, along with computer programming, completing the Senior Forecaster’s Course in 1989. He leads the Meteorological team, which acquires, validates and calibrates weather data from multiple global sources, which feed into the parent ARMS® system with uninterrupted supply of accurate and near real-time weather information, that is critical to the quality of output by several sub systems.

Mark Thoreson Aircraft Maintenance & Quality

Mark Thoreson’s career in aviation spans 42 years. After eight years of decorated service in the US Navy, he joined United Airlines as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, growing to positions of responsibility in Line Maintenance and Quality Assurance. While leading several Quality, Fuel management and Operations programs, Mark was responsible for ensuring efficiency and compliance with regulations and standards. His strength in process re-engineering and causal analytics helped him develop internal and external oversight programs in his quality assurance roles. As part of the United Airlines Accident Site and Aircraft Recovery Team, he gained deep experience in investigation and recovery operations.

Mark has been an independent consultant with equipment manufacturers, airlines and fuel service providers. His various other roles include: Vice-Chairman of the IATA Fuel Quality Pool, licensed FAA Part 65 Aircraft Maintenance Technician, qualified IOSA Maintenance Auditor, Certified Quality Auditor and Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence in the American Society for Quality, and IATA Fuel Quality Level 2 Inspector

At LAMINAAR, Mark is a Director of Project Implementation for the Americas region.

Bharathan Seetharaman Technical Publications & Documentation Management

Bharathan’s experience in the Airline and Aerospace domain spans over 25 years out of his 33 years career in information technology.  Starting with software engineering in Oracle and Unix, Bharathan shifted his focus to Airline M&E implementation and delivery in 1995 when he migrated to Singapore.  Since then, he has been actively involved in developing and delivering product-based bespoke CAMO & FTM solutions and services to various scheduled and non-scheduled airlines and maintenance providers.

Having been in client facing roles throughout his career, providing business and consultancy services and relationship management, Bharathan brings to the table valuable insights of the operators’ side of MRO ops.

Bharathan holds a Master of Science degree in Physics.

Vijay Subramaniam Aviation Mobility Solutions

Vijay leads the Mobility Engineering team of developers, domain experts and project managers, at LAMINAAR, managing R&D, design, development and delivery of current and future generation aviation mobility solutions for clients.

Prior to joining LAMINAAR India in 2018, Vijay was a Manager Aircraft and Ground Technologies – Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) – at Etihad Airways, where his role demanded managing technology rollouts across the airline’s Airbus and Boeing fleets.  Vijay has 12 plus years of experience administering the publication and control of aviation operations publications and manuals across Policies & Procedures, Regulatory Compliance, EFB Operations, Flight Operations LSAPs for e-enabled aircraft.

A certified programmer on Java, HTML, XML technologies and an Airbus certified XML authoring professional, Vijay brings to the table his expertise in SGML, FrameMaker SGML, XML from OEMs and Integrated Content Management System (ICMS). He is additionally certified on Less Paper Cockpit (LPC) Flight Crew Operating Manual and consultation tools for A330 and A340 aircraft, from Airbus.

A Commercial Pilot’s License holder from CASA Australia, as well as, DGCA India, Vijay is also a certified ISO 9000:2000 Series & Lead Auditor, plus, a Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).

Vijay holds a BBA degree in management.

A S Gopinath Aircraft Performance & Flight Operations Engineering

Gopi brings 35 years of experience in aviation to LAMINAAR. Between joining Air India (AI) as a Technical Officer in 1982 and retiring in 2010 as a General Manager Operations(Tech), his 27 years in AI was a rich mix of program management, solution delivery, specialized services in new aircraft acquisition & induction, delivery & acceptance at OEM facility and all aspects related to Flight Operations Engineering.

With expertise in Performance Engineering for multiple aircraft types, Gopi brings sound knowledge of aircraft performance methods for Boeing (B747-200/300/400, B777, B737-800) and Airbus (A310-300, A300-B4) aircraft types. He was trained at the Boeing Flight Training Center, on, General performance, Weight & Balance, B747-400 and B737-800 aircraft Performance. He attended A310 Aircraft performance and Weight & Balance training at the Airbus Training Center in Toulouse. He completed Safety Management Systems (SMS) course conducted bv Airbus.

In AI, Gopi implemented various fuel conservation measures; initiated Re-Dispatch SOPs for A310s; conducted Performance Training for Flight Dispatchers; developed Load & Trim charts for Boeing and Airbus type aircraft. He initiated special Operations approval process and liaised with Aviation Regulators for the same.

After Air India, Gopi provided consultancy and technical services to Air Costa, Air Pegasus, Flyeasy, QuiKjet, SpiceJet, Regent Air and US-Bangla Airlines in areas of Aircraft performance, Operational documentation, Special operations approvals, Load & Trim chart development.

Gopi has a First-Class Degree in Electrical Engineering with Distinction from the University of Mysore, Karnataka, India.

Ashok Nandi Flight Support & Dispatch Services

Ashok Nandi has set up and leads LAMINAAR’s Flight Support & Dispatch Centre (FSDC) in Bangalore, India. This center of excellence (CoE) for Flight Dispatch Services performs a range of flight planning and briefing activities, particularly for complex flight planning scenarios, such as, ETDO (Extended Diversion Time Operations), NATS and PACOTS.

FSDC services also include Runway Performance Analysis and Preparations for Take-off and Landing Performance Charts with 1EO-SID (One Engine out SID) of Runway, in addition to Decompression and Engine Failure Procedure in High Terrain Operations and providing Aerodrome Operating Minima (AOM).

Ashok served in Air India for 30 years, retiring as a Deputy General Manager. From an Asst. Manager Flight Control and coming back a decade later as Asst. General Manager Flight Control for Europe, he has spent two tenures at London Heathrow. He has also served as a Supervisor for Flight Dispatch at Gulf Air, Bahrain.

Ashok is a certified Flight Despatcher on B747, B777, B737, A310. He is also ETOPS and Flight Dispatcher trained by Boeing Flight Operations Engineering; Flight Crew trained on B777-200/300; ETOPS trained by Singapore Airlines and RVSM Operations by Air-India. He holds a Flight Radio Telephony Operators (FRTO) License from the UK Civil Aviation Authority and a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) from DGCA India.

Steve Mineck Flight Support & Dispatch Services

Steve Mineck leads the Laminaar Americas project implementation team. He brings over 40 years of experience in commercial airline operations, business aviation, aircraft manufacturing and FAA government contract work. Most recently, he served as Manager of Flight Dispatch Operations at United Airlines, based in Chicago. Steve brings to Laminaar a wealth of experience in managing cross-divisional group dynamics, directing process improvements and presenting technical reports, briefings, proposals and presentations. Steve has spent most of his career in the airline system control environment, including line maintenance, aircraft routing, flight dispatch, charter operations, military contracts and fleet technical training.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Luther College and has completed post graduate coursework in Aviation Safety at the University of Southern California. He holds FAA Mechanic and Dispatcher Airmen’s Certificates and is PMP certified.