David Rimmer is a veteran business aviation executive and entrepreneur. He is CEO of the AB Aviation Group and serves on the Board of Advisors at Hopscotch Air. Based in New York City, David is the former President of ExcelAire, Alerion and Talon Air, three prominent aircraft management, maintenance and charter providers.
He is a battle tested leader with an intense focus on high standards and safety. In 2006, David was one of seven survivors of a major midair accident between a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an Embraer Legacy 600 business jet. The accident was the deadliest in Brazilian aviation history at the time, killing 154 people on the airliner, while the occupants of the smaller jet landed safely.
As a result of the accident and its aftermath, he became a leading aviation safety proponent, speaking about his experience to groups around the world. David has also incorporated this experience into his professional responsibilities, serving as both an Emergency Response Manager and Accountable Executive.
Before beginning his aviation career, David was a media professional. He has served in programming and marketing positions at several national radio networks and local radio stations, including ABC, NBC, Sony and Bloomberg LP and has written for Business and Commercial Aviation, Resilient Aviation/Blue Sky News, Airliners, Airways and FORTUNE Custom Publishing.
David remains committed to personal and professional growth. He became an NBAA Certified Aviation Manager in 2020, is a Fellow at the Royal Aeronautical Society and previously served as Chairman of the NATA Air Charter Committee, on the Air Charter Safety Foundation Board of Governors, and as a member of the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee.