The Best Team in the Business
Motivated, dedicated, professional…these three words sum up our entire Key Air team. All of our employees have a single goal: to provide safe, reliable and personalized air transportation. Key Air's success is directly attributed to the fact that the company attracts and retains the best people in the industry. In fact, 55% of our employees (including pilots) have been with us for more than 5 years and 15% have been here for more than 10 years. All are driven by the desire to provide perfect flying conditions for each and every customer.
Mr. DePeters founded Key Air in February 1986 along with two of his business partners and served as Key Air’s first President. At its inception, he successfully guided Key Air’s expansion and that of its sister FBO Company, Keystone Aviation Services – also founded by the same group – to quickly change the landscape of the Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Oxford, Connecticut. Through his leadership, Mr. DePeters built a strong infrastructure enabling Key Air to grow from one aircraft managed account to seventeen accounts within his 20 year tenure. With the success of Key Air’s aircraft management model, the airport transformed from primarily servicing personal twin engine turbine and small aircraft to basing several midsize and heavy long-range business jets.
Mr. DePeters has remained an “active member” of Key Air’s Advisory Board.
Mr. Hand joined Key Air in December 2014. He brings a great deal of 91 and 135 experience having worked with flight departments of Fortune 100 companies and other charter operators. Mr. Hand has held various and diverse positions throughout his career including Lead Pilot, Training Officer, Check Airman, Chief Pilot and Director of Operations overseeing 28 aircraft and 40 pilots. He has over 11000 flight hours in a wide-range of different makes and models of aircraft and is currently type-rated in the Hawker 800, Falcon 50, Falcon 900, Falcon 2000, BBD 700 Global Express and the Gulfstream G650.
Mr. Hand started his aviation career as a Lead Flight Instructor at the University of North Dakota where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Science and a Minor in Meteorology.
Mr. Calabrese joined Key Air in August 2009 and is responsible for maintaining the company’s aircraft and equipment to ensure continuous safety, airworthiness, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Calabrese was formerly Director of Maintenance at Wayfarer Aviation, a Part 135 operator in Weymouth, MA. His management responsibilities there included employee direction and guidance, as well as establishing procedures for purchasing and repair of materials and other aircraft products.
Over the years, he has held a number of positions in general aviation that demonstrate his experience and expertise—Director of Maintenance Planning, Manager of Maintenance Control, Supervisor of Maintenance Control and Line Mechanic.
Mr. Calabrese has extensive technical and licensure training and attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.