Director of Technical Services
Rick Sylvia is a Licensed Aviation Professional with extensive experience leading corporate flight departments to ensure safe and efficient operations. He brings a hands on approach to inspections and technical problem solving. After 35 years in corporate aviation Rick has decided to step out and start his technical consulting business.
Most recently, Rick was promoted from Director of Maintenance to lead the CVS Health Flight Department where he was accountable for maintaining four airplanes, managing 12 pilots, 4 maintenance technicians, a busy flight schedule, and ensuring regulatory compliance. In this role, Rick managed all facets of the Corporate Aviation Department including flight operations, aircraft maintenance, budgetary planning/finances, purchasing, and hangar administration. He served as point person for airplane acquisitions and divestitures, partnering with brokers on strategies and execution, and managed aircraft completion and refurbishment. He also ensured safety management and compliance with IS-BAO standards, all Federal (FAA), State and Local regulations.
Prior to CVS, Rick spent 20 years as the Director of Maintenance for Textron. There he lead a team of technicians in maintaining a diverse fleet of airplanes and helicopters.
Rick has served on the MSG3 Industry Steering Committee for New Model Cessna Aircraft for over 15 years and is the Chairman, Citation Sovereign. He was previously a member of the NBAA Technical Committee/Cessna Citation Large Cabin Aircraft for 22 years.
Rick has extensive experience with Cessna Citations Models II through X, Falcon 2000 LXS, Falcon 20, Merlin, Challenger 600, Bell Helicopters 206L, 222, 230, and 430.
He earned his Degree in Aviation Maintenance from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.