Avantair, Inc. (OTCBB: AAIR) announced it has named one of the most respected safety and compliance executives in commercial aviation to oversee its maintenance and compliance operations.
David E. Cann is Avantair’s new Senior Vice President of Safety, Quality and Compliance. His appointment is effective immediately. Mr. Cann brings decades of experience at the highest level of aviation safety and maintenance operations.
After serving in Vietnam, working in ground operations, and working as a flight engineer in both military and commercial aviation, Mr. Cann spent 22 years at the Federal Aviation Administration. At the FAA, Mr. Cann was responsible for drafting FAA maintenance program regulations as well as guidance and policy utilized by the major commercial airlines today. For his final seven years with the FAA, through 2008, he was the top FAA executive overseeing maintenance operations.
“David’s qualifications and reputation are unsurpassed in the industry,” said Steven Santo, Chief Executive Officer of Avantair. “Adding him to our executive team will help ensure Avantair runs an unrivaled maintenance and safety operation.”
As previously announced, Avantair also has retained the services of Nick Sabatini, previously the top career official at the FAA, to lead an internal review of Avantair’s aircraft and maintenance operations.
“The hiring of these highly respected and talented experts reflects our unwavering commitment to safety,” Mr. Santo said. “This commitment is unrivaled in our industry.”
Avantair,® the sole North American provider of fractional shares, aircraft leasing and time card programs for the Piaggio Avanti aircraft, and the only publicly traded stand-alone private aircraft operator, is headquartered in Clearwater, FL, with more than 500 employees. The company offers private travel solutions for individuals and businesses traveling within its service area, which includes the continental United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. The company currently manages a fleet of 57 aircraft. For more information about Avantair, please visit: www.avantair.com.
Hugh Drummond, 617-646-1083
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