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Pentastar Aviation Announces New Chief Pilot

Published on 15 May 2012

Waterford, Mich. – Kip Catlin has joined Pentastar Aviation as Chief Pilot for the organization.  With over 12,500 flight hours, Catlin was most recently a captain at Northern Jet Management, flying Citation Bravo and Lear 40/45 aircraft. 

“We at Pentastar Aviation are extremely fortunate to gain a consummate professional of Kip’s caliber to fill our Chief Pilot position,” said Danny Clifton, Vice President, Flight Operations.  “His vast experience in all aspects of commercial aviation will extend our proud heritage of uncompromising safety and customer-focused service. Given the breadth of Pentastar’s flight operations, Kip’s experience in Parts 91, 121 and 135 make him the perfect fit to ensure our continued compliance and industry leadership.”

“I am very excited to join Pentastar Aviation,” said Catlin. “Pentastar’s long-standing reputation for excellence was a powerful factor in my decision to become part of this dedicated, passionate and experienced team.”

Catlin’s experience includes assignments as a corporate pilot, airline captain, charter pilot and Director of Operations and General Manager of an on demand air charter operation in northern Michigan.  In his new position, he is responsible for overseeing the activities of roughly 60 crewmembers.

For nearly 50 years, Pentastar Aviation has been a leader in the world of business aviation. Pentastar Aviation provides award-winning aircraft maintenance, aircraft management services, aviation advisors, avionics design/installation/repair and aircraft charter through Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc.  Pentastar’s repair station received Airframe Class 3 and 4 Ratings from the FAA in January 2009 and boasts one of the most expansive and well-equipped facilities in the nation.  Pentastar’s world-class FBO at Oakland County International provide exceptional customer service and amenities to regional, continental and global travelers.  Pentastar’s Oakland County (PTK) location just received the Number #1 ranking among more than 1,600 FBOs in both the Aviation International News (AIN) 2012 FBO Survey and the Professional Pilot Magazine 2012 PRASE Survey.

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