DONALD CESTARI is a retired Air Force Lieutenant
Colonel, a CASS Senior Partner and Chief Operating Officer. He also
serves as the CASS Chief Counsel, brings thirty-plus years of experience
spanning all segments of the Aerospace/Aviation Industry: Military,
Defense, Major Airframe Manufacturers, Airlines and Corporate/VIP Operations.
Don's experience spans all segments of the Aerospace/Aviation Industry:
Military, Defense, Major Airframe Manufacturers, Airlines and Corporate/VIP
Operations, including Grumman, McDonnell Douglas, the USAF including
Air Force One, American Airlines including its SABRE Division and CITGO's
Corporate Flight Department.
His assignments also include a lengthy track record with the USAF, Boeing,
AIRBUS, British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce among others.
He developed and managed an international aerospace consulting practice
with American Airlines/SABRE for seven years and then with his own firm
before joining Consolidated Air Support Services, LLC ("CASS")
as a founding Partner. The areas of his consulting practice included
Maintenance & Engineering, Flight Operations, FAA and Foreign Regulatory
Compliance, Audit and Certification, Technical Training, English Language
Schools, Aviation Facilities Planning and Construction, Legal Contracting
and Supply Chain Out-sourcing, Procurement, Supply and Warehousing.
Don served on active USAF duty in various positions in maintenance support
and material worldwide. For 1975-1980, he was competitively selected
to be Air Force One's Maintenance and Material Support Officer, which
also included supporting the assorted VIP fleet of 43 other aircraft.
During the period of 1980-1991 he served as a reservist in the United
States Air National Guard in various operations support positions in
a tactical fighter group.
He has also participated as a founder, board member and officer in several
start-up firms involving new technologies for applications in wire testing,
non- destructive testing, bio-fuels, medical isotopes and cell phone
tower maintenance & repair services.
He received an MBA degree in Management and Finance from Southern Illinois
University, a JD Doctor of Law degree from the University of Tulsa and
a BS degree in Management Science from St. John's University.
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