Mike Newberry

Michael Newberry

Founder

Mike has been a pilot for 40 years, starting as a commercial pilot for his family’s private company in the 1970’s. Although very passionate about aviation, most of his career has been spent in senior management roles in the corporate sector or managing several successful businesses. After recognizing the aviation talent around him and with a renewed passion for the industry, he decided to launch New River Aviation. As Founder and Strategic Partner, he oversees the leadership team and helps them set the strategic direction for the organization.

Chad Newberry

Chad Newberry

CEO

Chad has over 15 years of aviation experience in airport operations, sales and marketing with Delta Airlines, Qantas Airways and Qatar Airways. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCF and received an MBA from Pepperdine University. With an emphasis on global business, he examined most aspects of the airline industry during his MBA studies, including a comprehensive analysis of airline strategy. That passion and industry curiosity led to his commitment in leading New River Aviation into a national aviation leader in private jet service.

Jose Leyva

Jose Leyva

Director of Safety

A passion for aviation with a focus on air safety has led Jose becoming an expert in many aspects of aviation. Beginning in 2005, he has worked as an aerospace engineer and as a pilot with multiple legacy carriers including First Officer for United Airways.

As Director of Safety, Jose ensures the safety and airworthiness of aircraft, engines and related components operated by New River Aviations and our associates. He also coordinates daily with flight operations concerning aircraft availability, flight scheduling and maintenance projections.