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Our Team

MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM

Each member of our team is highly qualified and passionate about what they do

Aitheras Aviation Group, is more than a professional group of pilots and healthcare professionals, it is a multidisciplinary team that is part of a horizontal, customer-driven organization that understands that we are just a part of the chain that will get our customers closer to his/her destination.

Our organization is formed by distinctive passionate professionals in each of the following areas:

  • Finance

  • Accountants

  • Schedulers

  • Pilots

  • Flight Dispatchers

  • Physicians

  • Paramedics

  • Physician Assistants

  • Respiratory Therapists

  • Nurses

  • Marketeers

  • Procurement

  • Managers

  • Maintenance Personnel

  • Aircraft Maintenance

Our management team:

GEORGE KATSIKAS

Founder / Owner / CEO

Over the years, he has served in a variety of roles, including flight instructor, aviation consultant, chief pilot, director of operations, executive vice president of business development and CEO of a multi-million-dollar, full-service aircraft management corporation. 

 

He left all of that behind to start Aitheras Aviation Group in 2005.  In his current position as president and CEO of Aitheras, George has the ability to craft a culture that matches his vision of meeting the highest industry standards for safetyquality and 

performance and creating the Aitheras experience

TIM DIXON

Chief Finance Officer

Tim joined Aitheras Aviation Group as Chief Financial Officer in July 2019, bringing to Aitheras the skillset he developed during an extensive career within the financial services industry. His functional experience includes financial management, strategic planning & implementation, project management, merger integration, sales management, business development, and executive leadership. 

 

Tim has an avid interest in aviation, having learned to fly at age sixteen and he has been an FAA Certified Flight Instructor for over 35 years. Tim is a native Clevelander and he and his spouse have two grown children

RICARDO SANABRIA

Director of Marketing & Sales

Ricardo grew up in a family of pilots in Venezuela. He became a pilot when he was 18 flying a Cessna 206. He flew for passion while helping indigenous people in the Amazon Jungle by flying medical teams and medicines to their remote and isolated communities. Ricardo studied Civil Engineering at Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela and years later an MBA at the University of Sydney, Australia. His entrepreneurial background leads him to take the Director of Marketing and Sales position at Aitheras aiming to expand the company's presence into other regions of the world.

CLYDE CRUSE

Director of Safety

Clyde Cruse is the Director of Safety at Aitheras Aviation. Clyde has a background in the Air EMS industry which involved flying Lear Jets both internationally and domestically. This experience helps to provide insight into any of the safety issues that are mitigated for the company. As the Director of Safety, Clyde is responsible for ensuring that safety policies, processes, and regulations are followed.  He serves as the primary point of contact with the FAA for the agency’s Safety Management System Voluntary Program (SMSVP). 

JESSICA MILLER

Director of Scheduling

Jessica came to Aitheras Aviation with over 10 years of management experience, a Marketing BA and an Associate in accounting. With a brother and grandfather in the aviation world, Aitheras was a natural fit. She started with Aitheras Aviation as a scheduler and advanced to the Director of Scheduling, a position she has held for four years. 

MARY ANNE ZUBAREV

Accounting Manager

Mary Anne is an Accounting Manager at Aitheras.  She joined the company 8 years ago. Mary Anne brings her 30 years of accounting experiences as well as the challenges of owning and running a successful small business for 20 years. Her focus at Aitheras is accounts receivable, accounts payable, critical care transport claims, payroll and human resources. 

MITCH STANALAND

Director of Medical Services

Has over 30 years of experience in air medical transports as both a Flight Paramedic and Flight Nurse.  He has developed and managed several medical flight departments.   He has been with us almost 10 years, his in-depth understanding of air ambulance operations allows him to provide our medical department with the support and direction needed to be an industry leader.

RICH NEWENHISEN

Director of Operations

As director of operations at Aitheras, Rich not only continues to pilot aircraft for air medical and charter services, but he also has administrative responsibilities, overseeing pilot operations, training, and internal communications.   His primary focus is to ensure that the various Aitheras departments work in harmony toward one common ultimate goal—achieving the safest flying experience possible.

RICH REID

Director of Maintenance

Richard brings 30 years of aviation maintenance experience to the Director of Maintenance position at Aitheras

MARGE PACINO

Controller

It’s been about “numbers” for Marge her entire career.  Her background consists of 15 years in the accounting department of an international manufacturing company along with 15 years of experience as Controller and co-owner of one of Ohio’s largest food production companies.


As Controller, Marge regulates the financial pulse of Aitheras.  She oversees all accounting functions including A/P, A/R, P/R, and the general ledger.  Marge supervises all accounting personnel and is responsible for directing funds for daily operations.

JAMIE HOCUTT

Chief Pilot

His career in aviation has taken several turns before joining Aitheras.  Through the years, he has served as a flight instructor and has piloted everything from freight planes for UPS to corporate jets and has even spent some time flying passenger planes around Jamaica.  It was in 2010 that he joined Aitheras as its chief pilot logging, to date, more than 10,000 flight hours.

In his capacity, Jamie oversees all pilot training, hiring and scheduling, ensuring that the crews have the knowledge and experience, as well as the rest, they need to perform their duties to the highest standards in the industry.  As an active pilot, Jamie can also be seen on many Aitheras flights in the captain’s seat safely transporting critically ill patients or business executives to their destinations.

Aitheras Aviation Group is the parent company of Acute Air Ambulance, LLC, an authorized Indirect Air Carrier (IAC) utilizing the services of its parent company Aitheras Aviation Group, a licensed Part 135 air carrier, to meet your air ambulance transportation needs. 

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