AirDialog is a new cargo feeder operator, commencing operations for FedEx in June 2022 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our world-class leadership team holds extensive strategic and operational experience in the air cargo industry. We are building a high performance team and hiring at all levels within the organization. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, stock options, Flight Safety International professional training and unique growth opportunities

Safety is a team effort — AirDialog is fully and unconditionally committed to operating at the highest level of safety. The AirDialog team embraces a top-down culture of safety that brings together our four key Safety Management System components: Safety Policy, Safety Assurance, Risk Management, and Safety Promotion.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Tom Klassen

President and Director of Operations

Klassen began his diverse aviation career as a 19 year old helicopter pilot spotting tuna from a Mexican fishing boat in Central America. His experience spans several continents and includes Part 135, Part 121, and Part 91 operations in helicopters, turbo-prop and turbine aircraft, and he has flown Cessna 208 Caravans. Klassen’s management and regulatory background includes his most recent role as CEO and Director of Operations for 12 years for HALO-Flight, a helicopter air ambulance service. He has held Director of Operations and Chief Pilot roles, managing upwards of 50 pilots. Klassen has also been a national airshow pilot, flying a Sukhoi SU-26 aircraft and a supersonic MiG-17 fighter jet with sponsorship by Harley Davidson. In his effort to increase safety in aviation operations he has served on two Federal Aviation Administration rulemaking committees and believes that safety is not proprietary . As a leader, Klassen is focused on building a culture of safety and inclusivity.

 

David DeRose

Director of Finance

DeRose has spent much of his career in aviation including 25 years at Ameriflight. He became a co-owner of the airline, and in his roles as executive vice president and chief financial officer, DeRose provided strategic vision and established formal policies, procedures and reporting metrics for all operational departments across 700 employees. Notably, he led the acquisition and integration of airlines, and he was key in the company’s management buyout and subsequent sale. Ameriflight became the biggest 135 cargo carrier in the world, operating 175 aircraft in the U.S. and Puerto Rico for the largest logistics integrators and all overnight shippers. DeRose also has significant aircraft purchase, lease and financing experience, participating in over 100 transactions.

 

Jeff Drees

Director of Cargo Strategy and Recruiting

Drees spent 40 years in the aviation industry starting as a pilot and spanning all aspects of airline operations. Drees served as chief commercial officer for Ameriflight and oversaw more than 1,500 domestic and international departures per week while the company was flying over 75,000 hours per year. He managed customer relationships with FedEx, UPS and DHL, a large bank consortium and nuclear medicine organizations with time-sensitive deliveries. During his 35-year tenure, Drees became a co-owner of the company and also held the position of Executive VP of Operations.

 

Michael Hill

Chief Pilot