Team
All Key Air team members are driven by the desire to provide the perfect flying conditions for each and every customer.

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 the perfect flying conditions for each and every customer.

Alan DePeters
President and Chief Executive Officer, Key Air

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 was also instrumental to Key Air as a Part 135 and Part 91 type rated pilot. He flew many of the aircraft in Key Air’s fleet at that time, from the line of Hawkers to many Gulfstream types including II, III, IV, 450 and V. He built and led the team of highly experienced and professional pilots to ensure a strong foundation for the successful growth of Key Air’s charter program.

Mr. DePeters has remained an “active member” of Key Air’s Advisory Board.

Ada Furano
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Furano joined Key Air in August 2012.  She brings a wealth of aviation experience, specializing in accounting managment, accounting systems and integrations.  Her career in aviation spans over 20 years beginning with the original Wayfarer Aviation Company formed by the Rockefeller family, as their Accounting Supervisor.  Formerly the Director of Accounting for TAG Aviation and its successor companies, Ms. Furano developed and integrated accounting systems streamlining the billing process of over 90 high-profile clients and 250 aircraft.

Jim Bennett
Vice President of Flight Operations

Mr. Bennett joined Key Air in July 2013.  As an aviator and executive with over 40 years experience in the aviation industry, Mr. Bennett's vast knowledge, expertise and dedication are invaluable to the Key Air team and enhances its day-to-day operations.

Currently Mr. Bennett has over 21,000 hours of flight time and holds type ratings on the following aircraftt: Boeing 727, Citation 500/550, Challenger 604, Falcon 50, DC-A26 & DC-3, Gulfstream V, Hawker 800, Westwind, and Learjets. He was also a CAM, GV Check Airman and Standards Captain at Tag Aviation. At Key Air, he will be current and qualified to fly in the Gulfstream 450/550 and V types including Check Airman status.

David Cahill
Vice President – General Counsel

Mr. Cahill joined Key Air in June 2008. He was formerly the Vice President, General Counsel of Kuehne + Nagel Inc., a worldwide freight forwarding and logistics company, for 15 years. Prior to Kuehne + Nagel, he was an associate attorney at Robinson, Silverman, Pearse, Aronsohn & Berman in New York for 7 years.

Mr. Cahill received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of William and Mary. He received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.

 

Jim Calabrese
Director of Maintenance

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.