Mr. Gibson is a valued member of the aviation community. He is a highly accomplished aviation professional with extensive experience in financial, operations, safety, and regulatory compliance. He has held the positions of Director of Flight Operations/Aviation, Chief Pilot, Director of Safety and Check Airman, senior consultant/lead auditor. He currently serves as Director of Operations of Leviate Jet Management. Phil’s distinguished career as a pilot and manager include more than 38 years of experience in the FAR Part 91, 135 and 121 environments. He has amassed more than 23,500 flight hours and is type rated in the Gulfstream G450/GV/G550, the Falcon 900 B/C/EX series, Boeing 737/757/767, the Learjet 20/30/50 series and the Fokker F28.
He has previously held positions at numerous aircraft management companies throughout the US. Phil holds an Airline Transport Pilot license with Aircraft Single and Multi-Engine land rating and holds a Certified Flight Instructor rating for single and multi-engine aircraft with advanced ground instructor and instrument ground instructor ratings. Phil is also a licensed Dispatcher and holds a Flight Engineer (turbojet) license.
Phil has worked with aviation auditing companies ARGUS and Wyvern as an operations auditor and conducted safety evaluations of both commercial and non-commercial aircraft management companies. His duties also involved consulting with multiple aviation operations where he was focused on devising strategies for new and existing operators to improve management, leadership, training, and financial functions. Phil has conducted ARGUS “Platinum” rating and IS-BAO audits to charter operators, corporate flight departments, helicopter and utility resource operators as a lead auditor.
Under an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University program, Phil teaches the National Business Aviation Association’s approved Corporate Aviation Management Certificate (CAMC) Professional Development Program (PDP), which serves to provide continuing education for aviation professionals in both the commercial and non-commercial arenas. His core competencies are in the areas of finance, accounting, and budgeting. He developed the Finance and Budgeting course, and teaches 7 core courses.
Phil serves on the NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Committee (BAMC), which is one of twelve standing committees. BAMC’s goal is to raise the bar for all segments of the business aviation community with objectives that include general guidance for the membership with a specific focus on leadership and management. These efforts are orchestrated through professional and educational development through the annual Leadership Conference, the NBAA’s Management Guide and the Compensation/Benchmarking Survey. Phil holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Mercer University as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.