Captain Ivan Klugman has nearly 35 years of aviation experience. He has managed the jet and helicopter acquisitions for individuals with some of the highest net worth in the country, and has overseen the complete structuring of their flight departments. Previously, Klugman served as Captain and flight department manager in corporate flight departments for over 10 years. In addition, he has worked as an international Boeing 767 Captain for a United States global airline flying in the Far East, South America, Middle East,and Europe. He has placed many different kinds of aircraft in service, from corporate jets to large twin engine helicopters.
Captain Klugman holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilots license for both Jets and Helicopters to include ratings on Boeing 777, 767, 757,737, Falcon Jet, Bell 206, Bell 222, Sikorsky S76, and Super Puma.
VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Captain Peter Wendt has had a distinguished career as a military aviator as well as a senior manager for large commercial operations. He has held key positions and served as director for commercial airlines managing 50 aircraft and more than 100 pilots. He recently completed a successful assignment in Saudi Arabia for the RSAF. Captain Wendt also enjoys sharing his knowledge with new aviators as a simulator instructor and examiner on jet aircraft at CAE.
Peter is a certified IS-BAO safety auditor in addition to an FAA ATP with many jet and helicopter type ratings.
Michael J. Bonventre
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
With 37 years of aviation experience, Michael Bonventre has served as an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic for both rotary and fixed wing military and civilian aircraft. He also worked for 8 years as a final assembly/first flight/flight development inspector with a major aircraft manufacturer. In last 16 years, Bonventre has been a technical consultant for airlines and commercial aircraft leasing companies. In addition,he worked with a number of Air Authorities in both the United States and foreign countries importing, exporting, applying for, and obtaining ferry permits. Bonventre has put numerous aircraft on operating certificates for various domestic and foreign airlines. He has also managed the return to service of long-term storage aircraft to be ferried to heavy maintenance facilities.
Michael holds FAA Airframe & Powerplant and FAA Airworthiness Inspector licenses, and is a Senior NAAA Appraiser with USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) endorsement.
DIRECTOR OF SAFETY AND SPECIAL PROJECTS
Over the past 35 years, Captain Rick Wilken has held the Key FAA/DGCA/CAA positions of General Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Safety, Director of Maintenance, Chief Pilot, and Civil Aviation Safety Officer. He has managed or had safety oversight responsibilities for the flight operations and aircraft maintenance departments of Army Aviation Assets during 8 years of active duty and 26 years in the National Guard and Reserves. Captain Wilken developed and implemented the accident investigation program for a major insurance company. He has performed serious injury and fatal accident investigations, testified as an expert in accident reconstruction, and has extensive experience in claims management and risk analysis/safety engineering of international manufacturing operators and airlines.
Ric’s FAA ratings include an ATP both fixed and rotor wing, Airframe & Powerplant license, FAA designated Airworthiness Inspector, and FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR).