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Elevate Aviation Group's Keystone Aviation appoints David Allen Vice President of Operations
Miami, FL – November 16, 2022 — Elevate Aviation Group recently named David Allen Vice President of Operations for Keystone Aviation, a leading provider of aircraft charter and management. Mr. Allen will lead operations and build on the success and growth of Keystone Aviation which was acquired by Elevate Aviation Group in January 2022.
Mr. Allen, who has more than 35 years of aviation experience, joined Keystone Aviation in 2018 as Manager of Air Carrier Safety & Quality Assurance, with responsibility for establishing Keystone’s Safety Management System (SMS). Most recently, he was Director of Air Carrier Safety at Keystone Aviation’s Salt Lake City operations.
“David has an extensive and impressive background working with 121 carriers, 135 operations, leading teams in airline hub environments with responsibility for all below-wing operations and aircraft movement,” said Greg Raiff, CEO of Elevate Aviation Group. , “His operational experience and safety focus make him the right person to deliver benefits at scale to our clients without sacrificing safety or the personal touch.”
Prior to joining Keystone, David ran TAC Air’s Airline Services, leading a team serving airline partners for all below-wing operations, charter operations and refueling. Mr. Allen has held various management positions in both operations and customer service at major airlines including Delta, Northwest and US Airways.
“I’m pleased to work with a highly motivated team focused on the long-term success of Keystone Aviation as well as ensuring 100% satisfaction for our customers,” said Allen, who is based in Keystone Aviation’s Salt Lake City headquarters. He holds a Certificate of Management in Aviation Safety (CMAS) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Elevate Aviation Group’s Keystone Aviation Appoints Colleen McCauley Vice President of Sales & Owner Services
Miami, FL – November 16, 2022, Elevate Aviation Group’s Keystone Aviation, a leader in aircraft management with a fleet of business aircraft located throughout the US, has named Colleen McCauley to the new position of VP, of Sales & Owner Services.
McCauley joined the group’s Elevate Jet sales unit last year with similar responsibilities. In January 2022, Elevate Aviation Group acquired Keystone Aviation’s aircraft management and charter operations plus Keystone MRO and is now consolidating all sales and owner service activities under McCauley’s leadership.
“Colleen is a stand-out talent with the experience and drive to grow all these business lines and maintain the very highest satisfaction levels among our customers,” said Elevate founder and CEO Greg Raiff. The company manages more than 30 business aircraft with plans to add more. It charters aircraft domestically in the U.S. and around the world. Keystone MRO in Salt Lake City offers major maintenance for multiple brands of turbine business aircraft.
McCauley previously was director of charter sales at an aircraft management company for nearly 10 years, helping grow the fleet from 25 aircraft to over 185 aircraft. Prior to that, she was president and director of flight operations at charter firm Jetworks International for seven years. McCauley brings nearly 30 years of Aircraft Charter & Management experience. She has a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice.