Appleton, WI (PRWEB) January 11, 2013
Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation today announced it has named Gary Pratt to the position of managing director of maintenance, reporting directly to Vince Portaro, senior vice president and chief operating officer. In his new role, Pratt is responsible for all decisions relevant to airworthiness, serviceability and flight safety, and serves as Air Wisconsin's primary maintenance liaison with the FAA and other regulatory bodies. Additionally, he is responsible for monitoring and measuring Air Wisconsin’s maintenance operations to maximize cost effectiveness while ensuring operational reliability.
“During his tenure with us, Gary has performed at an exceptionally high level, and he’s developed strong and positive relationships with Maintenance’s internal and external customers,” noted Portaro. “Gary has demonstrated the ability and passion to execute on continuous improvement focused on maintaining our great momentum on delivering and sustaining top operational performance and building on a high-achieving and efficient maintenance team.”
Pratt brings a unique combination of leadership qualities and operational experience to the role. Prior to joining Air Wisconsin, Pratt’s career spanned more than 20 years with Delta Airlines. He started his career at Delta as an aircraft technician and assumed increased responsibilities in the positions of lead technician, fleet analyst/maintenance coordinator, shift manager, FAA Liaison – regulatory programs, regional manager and station manager of Delta’s line maintenance operation in Cincinnati, OH. He joined Air Wisconsin in July 2010 as director of maintenance, and in that role was responsible for decisions relevant to our maintenance operations in PHL, MKE, ORF, and CAE.
Pratt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University, and an Avionics Certification from Salt Lake Community College. He also holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant License.
Air Wisconsin operates as US Airways Express, scheduling nearly 500 departures per day to more than 70 cities in 26 states and three Canadian provinces. The fleet includes 71 Canadair Regional Jets. Additionally, Air Wisconsin performs ground-handling services for several carriers in 20 locations including United Airlines’ United Express hub operation at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Additional information can be found at http://www.airwis.com.
Contact: Corporate Communications