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Highly Experienced Leadership Team

Ed Wegel, Chairman & CEO

  • Over 30 years of commercial aviation experience
  • Founder – Republic Airways
  • CEO and director of BWIA International Airways (“BWIA”)
  • Founder/CEO – Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc.

Ryan Goepel, EVP/CFO & Board Member

  • Over 20 years in Senior Finance Roles
  • Significant LCC narrowbody CFO experience
  • Multiple successful startups
  • Key role in the first Burger King IPO

David Dow, VP of Charter Sales
  • Successful startup launch of Elite Airways
  • Developed diverse total revenue portfolio for PART 121 regional air carrier resulting in successful operations for over a decade
  • Measurable achievements growing revenue, developing sales teams, creating marketing plans, and negotiating numerous program contracts successfully

George (Mike) Hambrick, Chief of Staff
  • FAA Operations Inspector on legacy, startup and charter airline certificates (retired after 10-year career)
  • FAA SME on new SMS Safety Management System
  • 40+ years piloting military and commercial aircraft

Varun Nandlal, VP of Cargo and Security
  • Air Cargo SME with over 17 years’ experience
  • Project Lead in Cargo certification at 21 Air, LLC
  • Held management roles in Cargo Operations & Compliance with several 121 all cargo carriers
  • Extensive Loadmaster experience (DC10-30F, MD11, A300, 767-200/300F, 747-400F)

Indyara Andion, General Counsel-Legal
  • Over 10 years in Senior Counsel & Partner roles and 15 years in the aviation/transportation sector
  • Extensive experience supporting multinational companies
  • Assistant General Counsel at Amerijet International

119 Team

John Coomes, VP & Director of Operations
  • Over 20 years in Pilot and Captain roles
  • Experienced negotiator and litigator handling employment and aircraft management
  • Extensive Contract and Labor Law experience

  • 35 years maintenance experience, 20 years’ experience as 119
  • Program Director for SIAED AAR Gulf Air Project in Bahrain
  • Held roles at FedEx, Polar Air Cargo, EOS Airlines, Commercial Jet, Inc, Maxjet, Heavy Lift International Airlines, Thales, and Falcon Air Express

Brian Garhammer, Director of Safety
  • Over 20 years of Pilot and Captain experience
  • 12-year A320 captain at Spirit airlines
  • Extensive experience working with safety programs, including ASAP and FOQA

Sean Lyons, Chief Inspector
  • 20+ years of maintenance and aviation experience
  • Held Maintenance Supervisor roles at Alaska and American Airlines
  • Quality Control Manager at GlobalX for over a year

Alfredo Armas, Chief Pilot
  • Over 20,000 total hours of flight time
  • 11,000+ hours A320 PIC at GlobalX, Virgin America/ Alaska
  • Certified and rated on A320, B737, B757, B767, EMB170, EMB190, CL65, FK28, SA227

Non-Management Board of Directors

T. Allen McArtor – Vice Chairman

  • Former SVP - FedEx
  • Former Administrator FAA
  • Former Chairman, Airbus Group (North America)

John Quelch

  • Former Chairman of the Board – Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Dean – University of Miami Herbert Business School
  • Former Board Member – Reebok, Easyjet PLC

Cordia Harrington

  • Serves on the boards of Ascent Global Logistics, Broadcrest Capital and Belmont University
  • Founder and CEO of Crown Bakeries

Deb Robinson

  • Board member – Via Rail Canada
  • President/Founder – Bay Street HR, outsources human resource services to start up companies

Alan Bird

  • Former Advisor to CEO, Canada Jetlines and Board Member
  • Former CFO Viva Aerobus; leading A320 low cost carrier in Mexico
  • Senior Advisor – Irelandia Aviation, major investor in Ryanair, Viva Colombia, Viva Peru (leading A320 LCC’s)
  • Former CFO Tiger Airways; leading Asia A320 LCC