Posted on: 30 December 2015 by Ross McSweeny
CommutAir has named Captain David Fitzgerald as the airline’s new chief pilot, the appointment becoming effective upon fulfilling the necessary FAA regulatory requirements.Captain Fitzgerald joins from Mesa Airlines, where he was a Captain and check airman on the Bombardier CRJ700. He has flown over 12,000 hours and holds type ratings for Beech 1900D, Bombardier CRJ and Embraer ERJ 145 family aircraft. During his 18-years at Mesa, he also held management positions as regional chief pilot and certificate chief pilot. In those roles, he supervised over 1,000 pilots, helped implement FRMP programmes, and facilitated IOSA and DOD audits.Captain Fitzgerald has a BA in Political Science from DePauw University, a Graduate Certificate in Airline Management from George Washington University, and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He joins CommutAir as it begins implementing significant growth plans with the addition of 40 Embraer ERJ145s to its fleet, the result of a recently announced flying contract with United Airlines, which also introduced the United Career Path Program (CPP) for CommutAir pilots.