The Professionals at Elite Airways

John Pearsall

John Pearsall, President

John has over 30 years of aviation domestic and international experience with FAA Part 135/121 Airline operations. Instrumental in the startup of three airlines, John has led the startup teams successfully to FAA Part 121 certification and operations. At Elite Airways, John is also the FAA Director of Operations.

As a Boeing 757-767 Captain/Check Airman, John rounds out his experience with VIP operations worldwide. He has held management positions at America West Airlines, National Airlines, Primaris Airlines, and managed VIP aircraft worldwide. John was instrumental in raising startup capital for Primaris Airlines, establishing strategic relationships with the White House Press Corps charter, sports teams, and Tour Operators.

David Dow

David Dow, Director of Sales

David brings extensive client relations and VIP experience to Elite. David will ensure our clients requirements are met to the exact detail. David has been in sales for over 20 years in the airline and hospitality field.

As a highly tuned customer service and sales professional, David is responsible for our customers flying experience and utmost satisfaction.


Joseph Battistelli

Joseph Battistelli, Director Safety & Security

Joe brings to the Elite team accredited and certified experience working safety & security for airlines, governments, and heads of state.

He has worked with National Airlines, Primaris Airlines, Transportation Security Administration, and Lockheed International . Joe is also a adjunct Professor at Embry Riddle University.


Kara Howard

Kara Howard, Director Corporate Operations

Kara has extensive experience in strategic planning, marketing, and operations. Kara oversees daily operations, customer requirements, personnel, and planning.


Larry Jones

Larry Jones, Director of Quality

Larry, has over 35 years of experience in the airline industry and was previously Director of Maintenance at American Trans Air on Boeing 727, Boeing 737, and Boeing 757 aircraft.

In addition, Larry was in aircraft maintenance and standards with the U.S. Navy.

Phillip Lampron

Phillip Lampron, Director of Maintenance

Phil has over 23 years of experience in the airline industry with CRJ100/200 aircraft.


Robby Lyle

Robert Lyle, Executive Vice President

Robert has over 15 years if experience in the Aircraft Charter industry in sales and operations.


Shawn Actis

Shawn Actis, Chief Pilot

Shawn has over 20 years of experience as a Captain for Mesa Airlines and Chief Pilot for a major NASCAR team.