In this role, Simpson oversees day-to-day operations at Elite Jets, which serves affluent business and leisure travelers with its fleet of four Embraer Phenom 300s, one Embraer Legacy 500, one Gulfstream G550 and a Bell 407 helicopter. The director of operations is responsible for regulatory compliance, which includes oversight of aircraft safety and pilot training programs in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines. Simpson had been serving as assistant director of operations.
“We have known Matt for many years, and he officially joined our team last year as a captain and assistant director of operations, and we quickly validated our belief that his wealth of experience as a pilot of worldwide operations in large cabin aircraft, safety officer and business owner would be a tremendous asset to our company moving forward,” said Stephen Myers, CAM, executive vice president at Elite Jets. “The director of operations is a critically important position that involves oversight of regulatory compliance, equipment, maintenance, scheduling and personnel, as well as ensuring our customer experience is second to none.”
The FAA has approved Simpson’s assignment as director of operations after an onsite visit that included flights and oral exams, Myers said.
Simpson, who captains the Phenom and Legacy, has logged nearly 20,000 hours of flight time during his career on mid-sized and large cabin aircraft. He is FAA-rated to fly multiple types of aircraft, including Challenger, Citation, Falcon, Global, Learjet, Legacy and Phenom models. On the ground, Simpson has managed an air ambulance service and owned a jet management company. He also served as an aviation safety officer for a Fortune 500 company and is the appointed lead representative to the FAA’s safety team that covers Southwest Florida. Additionally, Simpson was an accredited auditor through International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), which develops best practices to help flight companies achieve high levels of safety and professionalism.
Simpson completed aviation training and safety coursework at the University of Southern California and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a veteran who served in the Kentucky Army National Guard as a non-commissioned officer.
“Our team has worked their hearts out to achieve accolades and respect within the industry, as well as a strong reputation from travelers,” Simpson said. “Elite Jets has a technologically and mechanically superior fleet of newer jets and an incredibly talented team of pilots and support staff, which combined, make this a dream job at a fascinating company. I take pride in working with this organization.”
About Elite Jets
Founded in 2016, Elite Jets is a premier, safety-focused charter aircraft service that serves destinations across the U.S. and abroad. Elite Jets’ fleet includes four Phenom 300s, one Legacy 500 and a Bell 407 helicopter, as well as management of a Gulfstream G550. The company’s Embraer luxury jets are well-suited for business and leisure travelers while offering an eco-friendly, best-in-class carbon footprint. Elite Jets maintains an Argus Platinum Rating, a prestigious safety and quality designation earned by just 5% of charter operators nationwide. The company also is registered with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (ISBAO), a set of industry-leading best practices, and the WYVERN safety data network, which displays its Safety Intelligence Report and regulatory compliance information. Elite Jets also offers aircraft management services, which include providing pilots, training, maintenance, fleet insurance, scheduling and additional services. Passengers enjoy concierge-level service from Elite Jets’ private terminal at the Naples Airport, 125 Aviation Drive South in Naples. Charter flights and empty leg flights are available. For more information, please visit EliteJets.com or call 239-900-9000.