David Davenport

President and CEO, FlightSafety International

David joined FlightSafety in 1996 as Assistant Manager of the company’s Learning Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. David was responsible for marketing and sales at the Center, as well as overseeing the day to day operations of the rotorcraft and fixed wing training programs. David then served as Director, CAA Training, at FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida. He directed all training provided under the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom. This included Center operations, marketing, sales, business development and relationship management.He was named Assistant Manager of the Atlanta Learning Center in 1999. David’s responsibilities included managing FlightSafety’s Regional Airline training programs, and marketing and sales for the Atlanta Center. He also served as Relationship Manager to Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

David became Manager of the Savannah Center in 2005. He oversaw day to day operations, marketing, sales, human resources, business development and relationship management with Gulfstream Aerospace. He became Regional Operations Manager in 2007 giving him responsibility for all Gulfstream Learning Centers worldwide as well as the Rotorcraft training centers and FlightSafety Academy. He relocated to the company’s corporate offices in New York following his promotion to Vice President in September 2012. David most recently served as Executive Vice President, Commercial.

Prior to joining FlightSafety, David was Executive Director of the Florida Division of American Flyers and worked for Computervision Corporation as a Manufacturing Engineer.

He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1982 with a degree in business management. He served as a Squadron Operations Officer and member of the Squadron of the Year for two consecutive years. David piloted the Cessna T-37 and the supersonic Northrop T-38 jet aircraft through the U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training program. He received the Knupius-Simpkins Award recipient for leadership, teamwork and operational excellence.

David serves on the Board of Governors of the Wings Club Foundation and the Air Charter Safety Foundation.


Joined NBAA Board: 2019
Current Term Expires: 2021
Committee Service: Member, Audit Committee


Oct. 23, 2019 Members Re-Elect Directors, New Board Leaders Take Office at NBAA’s Annual Meeting

Last updated Oct. 23, 2019