Service Team & Board of Advisors

FDS relies on its Service Team, Board of Advisors and network of highly experienced professionals to select the right team for every client engagement.

Service Team

Dave Weil, CEO and Founder

Dave is the CEO and Founder of Flight Dept Solutions, LLC. During the past 20 years he has held senior executive positions with prominent business aviation companies, including seventeen years at TAG Aviation USA and its predecessor company, Aviation Methods. During his tenure, he played a key role in growing the company into the largest aircraft management company in the United States. He led TAG's expansion into Asia and served as the first Managing Director for TAG Aviation Asia, which is now the largest manager of business jets in Hong Kong. Dave also served as the first President of AMI Jet Charter, TAG's charter affiliate. He has assisted numerous clients with the acquisition, startup and operation of business aircraft throughout the U.S. and Asia. Dave earned a CPA while at Ernst and Young, holds an MBA from UCLA and is a past Chairman of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Tax Committee.

John Cosenza, Senior Advisor

John serves as Senior Advisor for FDS services. In addition, John is the Managing Partner for BizJet Security LLC where his work includes aviation consulting and furthermore, he has managed numerous aircraft transactions for corporate and individual owners, involving all types of new and pre-owned aircraft. Prior to BizJet, John had a successful 29 year career at Citigroup where he was Executive VP and Managing Director of Corporate Services. In this capacity, John was responsible for developing and managing Citiflight, Citigroup’s Business Aviation Unit. In addition, he was responsible for all security, investigations and safety for over 300,000 employees in 105 countries. John was also VP for Global Security and Business Aviation at Siebel Systems. He currently serves on the NBAA Security Council and is a past Co-Chairman of the Overseas Security Advisory Council at the U.S. Department of State.

Len Liotta, Special Advisor

Len acts as Special Advisor to FDS. He brings more than 20 years of maintenance, business development, aircraft transactions and financial management expertise to Flight Dept Solutions. Len is particularly strong in the maintenance management area, having been VP of Aircraft Maintenance and Facilities for 8 years at Citigroup and Director of Maintenance Services (U.S. Fleet) for 3 years at Jet Aviation Business Jets. Len has managed over 70 new and pre-owned aircraft transactions. Len holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance from St. John's University.

Cheryl Cosenza, Senior Business Development Advisor

Cheryl serves as Senior Business Development Advisor and Celebrity Spokesperson for Flight Dept Solutions. She is based in Los Angeles and New York City and is responsible for developing new client relationships with a primary focus on the entertainment industry. In addition to her FDS role, Cheryl is a model and actress who you will recognize from Feature Film, TV and Commercial performances, as well as billboards, magazine ads and fashion events. Cheryl is an active member of both the NBAA and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild). She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a law degree from Fordham Law School.

Board of Advisors

Flight Operations

Chris Broyhill, Transportation Director, Exelon Corporation

Phil Gibson, Director of Aviation, Stratus Management

Don Hitch, VP Flight Operations, Paramount Citrus

James Moore, Consultant, former Director of Aviation, Citiflight

Mike Penrose, Consultant, former Director of Operations, Polaris Aviation

Chris Purkey, Aviation Manager & Chief Pilot, 150HM Partners, LLC

John Swaney, Founder and President of NCBAA, former Chief Pilot, HP & EDS Corp

Andy Weigand, Consultant, former Chief Pilot of numerous flight departments (large and small)

Maintenance Operations

Charlie Beaton, Consultant, former VP Technical Services, Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI)

Dave Colbert, Senior Vice President, Flight Operations and Director of Maintenance, XOJet Inc. & former VP &  General Manager, ACM Aviation

Crew Staffing and Operational Support

Marla McGatlin, Business Development Manager, Flight Crews Unlimited

Flight Coordination and Aircraft Scheduling

Daniel Fluss, Senior Aircraft Dispatcher, large established flight department

Lee Medlin, Flight Operations Manager, Chevron & winner 2014 NBAA Achievement Award

Success Story Examples

  • Advised client as to the most appropriate aircraft type for his mission; acquired the large cabin aircraft; selected most appropriate management/charter company; negotiated the agreements and successfully transitioned the client to the management company
  • Revamped flight department organization structure and hired an Aviation Manager and Senior Flight Coordinator for a client with multiple aircraft, resulting in much improved service and technical competence
  • Moved a five aircraft flight operation from an aircraft management company to an in-house flight department, resulting in a significant cost reduction and a higher service standard
  • Analyzed flight department employment options and implemented a new alternative to reduce costs, minimize potential employment-related liabilities and greatly improve benefits
  • Evaluated the maintenance management program for an older aircraft, resulting in revised procedures to better control the client’s maintenance costs
  • Established and staffed an affiliate company in Hong Kong, thereby enabling the full-service management of Asian-based aircraft