In the wake of longtime Global 5000 captain David Paul’s departure from Elite Air, former first officer Rob Kay has stepped into the captain’s chair. New hire Ken Benfield will take over Kay’s role as Global first officer.
Kay will also take over Paul’s capacity as Elite Air’s safety officer. According to Elite Air CEO Gray Gibbs, Kay has quickly taken to the safety officer role, in addition to bringing ideal experience to the left seat of the Global 5000.
“Rob reached out to every pilot immediately upon taking the position and told them about his goals as our new safety officer,” Gibbs said. “David’s are difficult shoes to fill, but Rob has done an admirable job of trying to put his stamp on the position.”
Elite Air’s safety officer is responsible for overseeing aircrew member compliance with the safety management system, which among other things allows pilots to anonymously report anything they see happening in the course of operations that might be considered unsafe.
“Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any safety related issues you may encounter during your day-to-day flying duties,” Kay wrote in his introductory email. “We all know a good pilot is always learning, and we must constantly guard against complacency. As FlightSafety says, ‘The best safety device in any aircraft is a well trained crew.’ And I might add, a well read crew that communicates well is a very good thing...I welcome any suggestions you may have with regard to material that is fit for distribution to our pilot group.”
According to Gibbs, Kay’s email was just the sort of communication that will help keep Elite Air at the top of its game when it comes to safe operations.
“I appreciate Rob’s willingness to jump into a position that doesn’t receive nearly as much recognition as it deserves in making us a world class jet management company,” he said.