The best flights start with the best crew.

About AirStart

Our crew strives to increase lift, reduce drag and
maintain a perfect flight record.

Everyone here at AirStart lives and breathes the passion for all things related to aviation and airplanes: the components, the engines, structures . . . and most of all, our clients. We spend a lot of time getting to know each and every client, the economic constraints in which they operate, and the challenges they face each and every day. Client-first thinking sharpens the concept of partnership and entrenches it into everything we do. That is the AirStart difference.

Meet the team to find out what makes each individual a vital part of the engine.

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Rob Wills
Owner and aviation fanatic

Rob was that kid you see at the airport on Sunday mornings with his Dad, filming airplanes landing. His passion for aviation has stretched through his entire life and career, from designing airports as an Engineer, to being a Commercial Pilot, to starting AirStart. His love for aviation is only surpassed by his in-depth knowledge, desire to deliver excellence and to make every interaction memorable for his customers. Rob sets the bar high for himself and the team – as his clients will attest. If you ask him what’s been his best achievement to date, he’ll say its been to build the best Team in the aviation component aftermarket.

Read more about Rob (PDF)

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Anne Vinet

Executive Vice President, Marketing and Business Development

Anne Vinet

Combine Anne’s previous career in TV and Radio journalism with her flair for Finance and Strategy, then mix in her infectious energy – and you have a high performer that brings positive energy and industry insight to the company.

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Sam Cupelli

Vice-President, Sales and Acquisitions

Sam Cupelli

Sam is a proud Western Canadian with a career in aviation that spans three decades. His expertise lies in connecting with customers, vendors and OEMs, and finding ways for his airline customers to reduce their costs per seat mile by offering out-of-the-box solutions for provisioning, consigning, leasing, and AOG support.

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Chandeep Dhillon

Manager, Repairs and Operations

Chandeep Dhillon

Chandeep came to us from IBM. She has years of repair and operations management experience: from scrutinizing every component evaluation to planning global logistics for critical shipments. Chandeep has her finger on the pulse of AirStart and takes care of situations before they are situations!

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Kenneth Shat

Manager, Informational Technology

Kenneth Shat

A seasoned IT veteran, Ken is responsible for all aspects of our IT system, server strategy and analytics. Ken also has a keen interest in aircraft components and is an expert in Component Control/Quantum.

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Nikolas Caballes

Inventory Controller

Nikolas Caballes

Nikko’s vast airline experience gives him the depth of knowledge that makes him the living definition of Inventory Control. Nikko is a fluent speaker of part numbers, serial numbers and certificates. He’s ready whenever you want to have an inventory conversation with him.

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Brian Silver

Warehouse Operations

Brian Silver

Brian is responsible for all aspects of shipping and receiving. You will hear from Brian if you ask for tracking information, or if you have returned an exchange core that requires additional documentation, such as traceability.

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Jason Raymundo

Sales and Procurement

Jason Raymundo

Jason’s friendly attitude and professionalism are the reasons our clients like working with him so much. His Airline experience – coupled with Hi-Tech sales experience – make him one of the industry’s best!

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Raquel Maki

Finance Manager

Raquel Maki

Raquel runs our Finance department. She is responsible for the many day-to-day transactions such as inventory purchasing, cash flow and just about everything else that has a dollar or cent attached to it. From Brazil, Raquel is the Pelé of Team AirStart.

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Jennifer Jiang

Accounts Payable and Receiveable

Jennifer Jiang

Jennifer is our newest addition, you will definitely hear from her if you have sent an invoice to us or we have sent an invoice to you. Get to know her. Her friendly approach to credit and collections is sure to win you over!

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Ritchin Sen

Quality and Process Manager

Ritchin Sen

With a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering and several years of experience in AirStart Procurement and Sales, Ritchin is a natural for one of our most important positions: Quality and Process management.


Partners
Elaine Pantel

Principal, Shimmerman Penn LLP

Elaine Pantel

As our independent accountants and business advisors, we work with Elaine and Shimmerman Penn to enhance the numbers side of our business. A consummate professional, Elaine brings fresh eyes to AirStart’s operations while sharing our passion for service and excellence.