Elite Air Says Goodbye to Former Chief Pilot David Paul

David Paul has been in Elite Air cockpits since 2003, when he started in the Lear 31.

David Paul has been in Elite Air cockpits since 2003, when he started in the Lear 31.

David Paul, a Global 5000 pilot and former Elite Air chief pilot, left the company in February to pursue another opportunity in Texas. He’s been with Elite Air for the past 11 years.

“David gave us so many years of great service,” Elite Air CEO Gray Gibbs said. “He did so many good things for this company, and we’re going to miss him.”

Paul joined Elite Air in 2003 as a Lear 31 pilot. He has since graduated up through the Lear 60 to the Global. Paul’s ability to multitask and his legal background also made him perfect for the role of chief pilot at Elite Air, a job he held for six years before beginning the process of handing it over to Captain Bill McLaughlin in 2012.

After transitioning out of the chief pilot role, Paul took on a variety of specialized positions in addition to his flying duties. He excelled as Elite Air’s safety officer, implementing the company’s existing safety management system, and later worked closely with FAA and other partners to bring iPads into Elite Air cockpits.

“David could take on any role and do a good job at it,” Gibbs said. “When he would get passionate about a project, there was no stopping him until the job was done.”

Paul first soloed in an aircraft when he was 16 years old. He then launched a successful legal career that lasted into his late 30s, when his passion for flying called him again. He’s been flying professionally for nearly two decades since the move. Paul’s latest job has taken him to Dallas, where he’ll continue to pursue his lifetime passion for aviation while being closer to his kids.

“I’m excited for his new opportunity flying another Global 5000, and I know he’ll do just as good a job for them as he did for us,” Gibbs said.