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Dave Pflieger

Experienced Aviation Business Leader


Anchorage, AK

About Dave Pflieger

Over the course of three decades in the aviation and airline industry, Dave Pflieger has been a B-52 instructor pilot, B757/767 Captain, led successful corporate restructurings and turnarounds, and served as a senior executive and legal counsel to over six different airlines. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Pflieger began his career as a cross-commissioned officer and B-52 pilot in the US Air Force, earning multiple commendations for his leadership abilities. Dave Pflieger completed both a JD and an MBA from Emory University while serving in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve as a C-130 pilot, going on to accept a position at the Atlanta-based law firm of King & Spalding – one of the country’s top law firms.


Dave Pflieger drew on his unique combination of legal and aviation experience to serve as an operations attorney at Delta Air Lines, concurrently piloting the carrier’s B737 aircraft. Mr. Pflieger later accepted the role of director of flight safety at Delta and graduated from the renowned aviation safety and accident prevention program at the University of Southern California. Following his role in helping Delta achieve one of its safest years of operations, Dave Pflieger was instrumental in the successful launch of the award-winning airline, Song, Delta’s low cost carrier, where he served as vice president of operations. In 2004, Dave Pflieger was recruited to become a founding officer and senior executive at Virgin America, where he led the airline’s launch and successful government certification efforts. At Virgin, then a three-time “best airline” in the U.S. winner, he held the roles of vice president of operations, General Counsel, and senior vice president of legal and government affairs. Since that time, Mr. Pflieger has been selected to be the CEO of three different airlines where he has led successful restructuring, turnaround, and rebranding projects for Air Pacific (which he re-branded to Fiji Airways), Silver Airways, and Hawaii Island Air.


Dave Pflieger has also drawn on his extensive aviation and business leadership experience to serve on the boards of several organizations, including Fiji Airways, Tourism Fiji (the nation’s National Tourism Office), Richmond Ltd (owner of Fiji’s Sofitel Resort & Spa), Silver Airways, Hawaii Island Air, and the California Chamber of Commerce. A dedicated proponent of corporate social responsibility, children’s education, and environmental conservation, Mr. Pflieger was also instrumental in supporting Fiji’s Mamanuca Environmental Society which works to keep Fiji’s pristine reefs and sea life healthy and sustainable He also donates his free time as a coach for youth sports programs.


Experience

2017 - Present, President and CEO, Ravn Air Group

As the CEO and president of Ravn Alaska, Dave Pflieger is responsible for overseeing any and all aspects of the company's operations. Under Dave's leadership, the company has seen major improvements in its processes and profits.

2016 - 2017, Airline Advisor, World Bank Group

Education

7/1981 - 5/1985, United States Naval Academy, BS

8/1994 - 5/1997, Emory University, MBA

8/1994 - 5/1997, Emory University, JD


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Dave Pflieger | Passport Plum: Delta Unveils New Uniforms

Dave Pflieger highlights Delta Airline's newest airline uniform color: Passport Plum.

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Dave Pflieger | Airbus Cuts A330 Production

Dave Pflieger explains why Airbus has cut production of the beloved A330.

Dave Pflieger | IdeaMensch

As a successful professional and entrepreneur, Dave Pflieger has gained a great deal of notoriety in his industry. Because of this, Dave was recently featured in IdeaMensch, a popular website that interviews successful entrepreneurs. Read the interview here.

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Dave Pflieger | Best Gifts For Pilots

Dave Pflieger highlights some of the best gifts to get for pilots.

Dave Pflieger | What You Need to Know About Working in Aviation

Dave Pflieger highlights some of the most important things to know about working in aviation.

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Dave Pflieger | The Future of the European Stealth Fighter

Dave Pflieger highlights the future of Europe's military fighter jets.

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Dave Pflieger | Supersonic Jets May Be Coming Back, But At the Cost of the Environment

Dave Pflieger explains how the resurgence of supersonic jets might prove costly for the environment.

Dave Pflieger | British Airways Skips Cleaning To Remain On Time

Dave Pflieger explains why British Airways is opting to skip cabin cleaning.

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Dave Pflieger | Boeing and Aerion’s Supersonic Jet to Take Off

Dave Pflieger explains how Boeing and Aerion are looking to bring back the supersonic jet.

Dave Pflieger | Goodyear Aero: The Future of Cars

Dave Pflieger highlights the concept tires from Goodyear: the Aero.

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Dave Pflieger | Airline Apocalypse: Failed and Defunct Airlines

Dave Pflieger highlights some of the most popular airlines that fell.

Dave Pflieger | The Bombardier Jet is Breaking Records

Dave Pflieger explains how the Bombardier is breaking major records.

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Dave Pflieger | Boeing’s Blunder: Inspectors of the Boeing 737 MAX were Reportedly Unprepared

Dave Pflieger explains how the recently-failed Boeing 737 MAX  might have been inspected by an improperly-trained professional.

Dave Pflieger | Deciding if ATOL is Worth It

Dave Pflieger explains ATOL and whether or not it's worth it for passengers.

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David Pflieger |How Do Airplane Autopilot Systems Work?

David Pflieger takes a moment to explain how the intricate autopilot systems in today's airplanes work.

Dave Pflieger | Biography Video

Dave Pflieger is a seasoned aviation executive based out of Anchorage, Alaska. Currently, Dave serves as the CEO and President of Ravn Alaska. This video provides a small overview of Dave's professional accomplishments.

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Dave Pflieger is based out of Anchorage, Alaska.

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