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A Shared Admiration

Flexjet Owners and their Pilots oftentimes connect on many levels. There’s a mutual appreciation between cabin and cockpit that is rarely found in private aviation. For starters, Flexjet pilots are among some of the most accomplished men and women in the industry, hand-selected by their background and experiences. Outside of their day job, they are pioneers, explorers, world-travelers, adventurers, veterans and above all, servant leaders. Quite often, they share more in common with their passengers than meets the eye.

Red Label by Flexjet provides a dedicated crew, where Owners are flown by the same familiar faces each and every flight. With that, comes a certainty and confidence. The Captain and his crew know their aircraft and can anticipate their passengers’ requests better than anyone.

This dedicated model gives Owners and Pilots a unique opportunity to establish genuine human connections in the air, which inspires us to go above and beyond for our Owners. Call it respect, admiration, or just human. We call it Red Label by Flexjet.

Flexjet Owner
Mr. Parker

Robert Parker personifies characteristics that are not unlike many Flexjet Owners. Among them, he is a self-made entrepreneur with an insatiable sense of adventure and philanthropy. He started out with little more than a bit of advice once passed down to him by his father: Never expect to be the best or the brightest, but instead be the one who works the smartest. The rest will take care of itself.

After putting himself through college, Robert earned an internship on Wall Street. To many, he possessed an uncanny ability to predict market changes. Truth be told, he worked into the twilight hours each night absorbing earnings reports and market data. Driven by his father's wisdom, he soon became the youngest partner in the firm's history.

With Robert at the wheel, his funds recorded spectacular returns. But while finance was his gift, his passions lie elsewhere. He soon began a new venture: an exclusive winery. What began with a taste for expensive wine and a bit of wanderlust, eventually evolved into the most talked about wine exporter on the East Coast. But not without passionately following his heart and is father's sage advice.

Flexjet Pilot
Captain Reynolds

Life-long world traveler who's fluent in five languages, has flown for royalty and has a pressing curiosity for exploring new places and cultures. In his youth, he spent two years backpacking across Europe and Southeast Asia before serving 12 years as an airman in the military, where he visited his twenty-ninth country and left as a distinguished Major. Captain James Reynolds personifies many of the characteristics that are the very epitome of the highly accomplished men and women who command Flexjet aircraft.

His quiet confidence and well-earned wisdom keep him calm under pressure while his approachable demeanor and giving nature are an inspiration to his passengers and his crew.

Over the years, he's built a reputation as someone who can make the seemingly impossible, possible. Whatever an Owner requests, no matter how obscure, Captain Reynolds and his infinite resources somehow make it happen.

In nearly every country he visits, he befriends a local, or two, or twelve, who he can later call upon (often in their native language) for assistance. His vast network of friends, colleagues, and former travel companions is one facet among many that allows Captain Reynolds to provide Flexjet Owners with a truly exceptional travel experience.

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One of Many Inspirations Behind Capt. Reynolds
Meet Captain Marty Cavato

The only thing more impressive than our aircraft are the people who fly them. As one of our pilots with a military background, Capt. Marty Cavato had a decorated military career. He received the Top Gun award for the F-4 and flew the same aircraft in 310 combat missions (you can see one of the F-4s he flew at Orlando Executive). Cavato received three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 27 Air Medals. He continued his service as an air combat instructor pilot in the Air Force Aggressor Squadron flying the T-38 and F-5E and became an operational test pilot for the F-5 at Edwards AFB. After the Air Force, he piloted over 1,500 transatlantic crossings as a Delta 767 and 777 pilot. Today, he captains a Challenger 350 in our Red Label by Flexjet program. You may have seen him fly in two of Flexjet’s air-to-air photo shoots. We thank him and all of the Flexjet pilots with military careers for their service to our country.

One of Many Inspirations Behind Capt. Reynolds
Meet First Officer Ken Rizer

Our pilots have had the honor of serving many distinguished people, including the President. First Officer, Ken Rizer, a retired Air Force Colonel, was an F-16 pilot who once in 2008 re-enlisted his crew chief in-flight near the DMZ between North and South Korea. During his 25 years of military service in the Air Force, Rizer worked his way up to become base commander of Andrews Air Force Base from 2010-2012. His duties included overseeing the largest helicopter squadron in the Air Force, overseeing Air Force funerals at Arlington National Cemetery and providing security to President Barack Obama during visits to the base. Before joining Flexjet in 2018, Rizer continued serving his country as an elected representative to the Iowa State Legislature. Today, he flies the Phenom 300 for Flexjet.

One of Many Inspirations Behind Capt. Reynolds
Meet Captain Patrick Whitt

An experienced pilot, Capt. Patrick Whitt (left) has accumulated just over 10,000 flight hours. He has been flying with Flexjet since 1998 and has 7 different type ratings, including the Global Express. He started his career in aviation as a line service tech while he learned to fly, then he became a flight instructor, was contracted for aerial imaging, and then flew freight for DHL and UPS before joining Flexjet. On the side, he used to own his own airstrip and likes to race motorcycles and cars off-road. He has participated in the Baja Rally Moto three times and the Sonora Rally once. Today, you can find him flying the Gulfstream G650.

One of Many Inspirations Behind Capt. Reynolds
Meet Captain James Sands

James Sands served 12 years in the Navy and was a skilled helicopter pilot. During the end of the Cold War, Lieutenant Sands flew anti-submarine H-2 helicopters and skillfully completed landings on a moving 100-foot by 40-foot frigate flight deck – that’s less than half the size of a football field.

A self-described “language enthusiast,” he has studied several languages including German, Russian and Biblical Greek. He has flown several aircraft at Flexjet, but today captains a Challenger 300. Sands just celebrated his 19th anniversary with Flexjet this month.

One of Many Inspirations Behind Capt. Reynolds
Meet Captain Sean Bodkin

Our pilots’ experience extends beyond aviation. Capt. Sean Bodkin spent 8 years of his career managing and cooking at a French restaurant on Long Island, called Péché Mignon in addition to training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. His restaurant was one of the first to embrace the “Farm to Table” concept, centered around sourcing local ingredients. A typical day would have Bodkin driving his classic Citröen to the Fulton Fish Market at 3:30 am for the day’s catch, import warehouses for cheeses, and local farmers for chicken, quail and pigeon.

He turned to flying when he moved to Colorado and discovered his passion for aviation, going from his first solo flight to being a Certified Flight Instructor in just a year and a day. He joined Flexjet in 2000, and has flown over 20,000 hours during his flight career including stints flying commercial and transport. Today he flies a Red Label by Flexjet Challenger 350. You can find him still driving a Citröen (he’s now a small collector of Citröens) and occasionally making recipes from his restaurant. When you fly with him, make sure to ask about his famous Poulet à la moutarde de Meaux.

One of Many Inspirations Behind Capt. Reynolds
Meet Captain Frank Woelke

Flexjet pilots are some of the most experienced travelers including Capt. Frank Woelke who has travelled to over 25 countries and all 50 states. He says one of the hidden gems is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

When he was a Sergeant in the Army, Woelke was an Aeroscout Observer and flew several unusual missions. Pictured here (left in hat) during the First Gulf War, Frank helped this Iraqi Bedouin chief herd his sheep away from an active minefield with his helicopter so mines could be neutralized without injuring the sheep. He served 8 years in the Army, attaining Top Secret clearance and helping train Special Forces.

He served in the National Guard from 1993-1997 and was chosen for select charter flights with former President Gerald Ford in the mid 90s. throughout his Flexjet career, which began in 1999, Frank has flown several aircraft in our fleet, recently becoming the first Red Label by Flexjet pilot to fly our first Gulfstream G650.

When he is not flying, Frank and his family host foreign exchange students. On his last trip to Tokyo, Woelke had the opportunity to reconnect with a former exchange student and show him the new G650.


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