Saul B. Thompson
Saul B. Thompson is the founder of Aviation Advisor, Inc. In his role as President, Saul draws on 3 decades of business and military aviation expertise to deliver exceptional programs, service levels and experiences to all aircraft management, aircraft charter and consulting clients. Saul served in the U.S. military where he became a test pilot for various types of military aircraft including experimental models. During his service, Saul achieved both advanced aircraft and special operations qualifications and directed Joint Service Special operations programs.
Saul has been involved internationally in aircraft operations and leasing since leaving the military. He also directed one of the largest diversified aviation services companies in the Midwest. The operation consisted of 115 associates, held FAA Part 135 and Part 91 aircraft management certifications, operated 18 turbine powered aircraft ranging from a Cessna Citation© light jet to a Falcon 900© wide-body executive jet and featured a Part 145 repair station specializing in helicopters and business jet aircraft. As an architect in building this operation, Saul commanded a multi-million dollar budget, purchased and integrated two FBO’s, conducted strategic business acquisitions and developed airport real estate.
In 2000, Saul took the best practices developed over 3 decades in aviation and forged a new aircraft management, executive charter and consulting company known as Aviation Advisor, Inc. Today, Saul leads what has become the industry standard for private aviation management and services. Saul is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics. Saul has completed numerous specialized training courses both in the military and civilian sectors. Saul is type rated in multiple aircraft and helicopters and is also seaplane rated.
As Aviation Advisor’s Chief Pilot, Eric leads a team of professional pilots and continually enhances and improves the safety and service levels provided to clients. Eric directs the development of operational policies and procedures, establishes recruitment processes, and coordinates crew scheduling and training curriculums. He works closely with the Director of Operations and FAA to ensure operating policies are consistent with the highest safety guidelines and helps disseminate these policies within the organization.
Eric is a 4,900 hour Airline Transport Pilot with 18+ years of flight experience. In addition to being a Certified Flight Instructor, Eric is type rated in the CE525S (Citation Jet Single Pilot), CE680 (Citation Sovereign) and CE750 (Citation X). Eric graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a B.S. degree in Chemistry.
Vahé’s responsibilities at Aviation Advisor include management of the comprehensive Safety Management System and Domestic and International Security Program. He coordinates and establishes internal safety policies and works directly with the Director of Operations and Chief Pilot as liaisons with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other governmental agencies. Tasks include flight risk assessments, development and execution of safety procedures, and oversight of open communication between employees to provide the safest work environment possible.
Vahé has an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and is type rated in the Cessna Citation CE550, C525 and C510 series aircraft. Vahé is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Sciences. Additionally, Vahé has been active in the aviation industry for 25 years.
Jason’s objectives at Aviation Advisor revolve around corporate growth, relationship management and new business development. Jason has a diverse background in the aviation industry which began after earning a B.S. in Aviation Technology from Purdue University. He then focused on an aviation insurance career involving risk management and insurance placement for many sectors to include airlines, municipalities, product manufacturers, fortune 500 organizations and high net worth individuals.
From managing the aviation insurance practice for a large Chicago–based financial services firm, Jason followed his passion to become involved with aircraft from an operational perspective. He then became responsible for all aspects of business development for a national provider of air transportation services, managing in excess of (30) aircraft. Jason’s responsibilities include client management, aircraft procurement/consulting and development of third party charter programs. Jason strongly believes in the importance of service delivery and growth of client relationships.
TJ is an industry veteran focused on the value of creating long term relationships by providing solutions through listening, followed by delivery. TJ’s experiences of directing a full service Part 135 charter organization, participating in client account management and creating value in an organization are attributes welcomed by Aviation Advisor. TJ understands the complexity of aircraft operations and places focus on the clear communication clients deserve when partnering with an organization such as Aviation Advisor.
TJ graduated from the University of Dubuque with a B.S. degree in Aviation Management, and currently holds a private pilot license.
As Flight Operations Manager, Sean is responsible for the coordination of interdepartmental communication among flight operations, maintenance, business development and accounting. In addition to internal communication, Sean assists in the delivery of customer service by providing solutions and processing required details for customers and colleagues. Charter management, aircraft/crew coordination and vendor relations are also important facets of Sean’s role as Flight Operations Manager.
Sean graduated with a B.S. in Business Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and holds a Private Pilot and Instrument Rating.
Mitch Tucker brings 30+ years of experience in aircraft maintenance to Aviation Advisor. With over 20 years in the capacity of Director of Maintenance for Part 135 charter operations, Mitch’s experience is valued by many within the industry. His knowledge of aircraft ranging from single engines, helicopters to heavy jets is a culmination of hands on repair and service experiences and his dedication to safety and reliability.
Mitch is a graduate from Kirtland College for Aviation Technical Science and his technical qualifications include, Aircraft Mechanic-A&P/IA-Inspection Authorization as well as licensed airplane multi-engine and rotorcraft pilot.
Zenaida is responsible for all billing and accounting operations at Aviation Advisor. Her direct involvement in the daily accounting function allows for an expedited invoice process, along with a completely transparent approach to customer service. Zenaida draws on an extensive accounting and account management background, and provides client and owners with customized reporting solutions.
Prior to joining Aviation Advisor, Zenaida served in an accounting role for a large private aviation company in the Midwest.