The team at Journey Aviation is comprised of seasoned management experts who have decades of collective experience. They share an in-depth understanding of the evolving private aviation industry, a passion for flying and are committed to exceeding customers’ expectations – with emphasis on safety, luxury and service.
Fabian Bello attended the University of Miami, Florida with a Bachelors in Business Administration in preparation for his management career.
Prior to aviation, Mr. Bello came from the logistics industry, working for a globally known worldwide logistics company with 2.7 billion USD in yearly turnover. Throughout his 10 year tenure, he served as Marketing Manager, Project Manager, IT System Implementation Manager, Director of Operations, Business Processes and Quality with his role spanning throughout the Americas Region, making him the youngest Director ever appointed at the time in a company of over 15,000 employees. Mr. Bello was also asked by the International Executive Board to simultaneously serve on the Global Business Process Management Team with the task of implementing processes that would streamline operations while reducing costs, increasing efficiency and ensuring overall quality output.
Since he joined the aviation industry, Mr. Bello has held various positions such as Executive Vice President, and President/CEO of an international division as well as President/CEO of other related aviation companies.
In addition to his extensive business knowledge, Mr. Bello has vast experience working with and uniting a plethora of Worldwide cultures, particularly Hispanic, European, Asian and of Arabic regions. He has an innate ability of bringing and keeping individuals working together in pursuit of a common goal. Getting things done effectively, efficiently and with the buy-in of all related parties is most certainly one of the strongest attributes to his management style.
Richard Peck is a graduate from the State University of New York with a BS in Aviation Technology and the University of Southern California – Institute of Safety with a Masters in Aviation Safety.
Mr. Peck received his FAA Pilot’s Certificate in June of 1966. Mr. Peck currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with six additional aircraft ratings, Flight Instructor with Gold Seal, Ground Instructor – Advanced and an ATC Control Tower Operator certificate. Mr. Peck has logged over 20,000 hours of flight time worldwide.
Prior to joining Journey, Mr. Peck’s management career with the FAA spanned 33 years. Today, Mr. Peck is considered an ‘expert witness’ and is called upon by prestigious law firms throughout the country to provide testimony based on his vast aviation acumen. His special experience in Flight Program Coordinator, Air Operator Certification for FAR Part 121 and 135 Airlines, Certification and Operation of FAR Part 139 airports, Air Traffic Control and extensive experience with Federal Regulations Title 14 – Aeronautics and Space Subchapter D FAR Part 1 to Subchapter K FAR Part 171, compliments the management staff and expansion plans of Journey Aviation.
Nicholas Reinardy earned a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and was a qualified FlightSafety International Simulator Instructor.
Mr. Reinardy has been flying Part 135 on demand charter since 1999 as a First Officer, Captain, Assistant Chief Pilot, and currently as Chief Pilot and Check Airmen. After accumulating over 8,000 hours of flight time and global airman experience, Mr. Reinardy is instrumental in training flight crews to achieve the highest level of safety and cockpit standards.
Toni Huddleston received her Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University including the NATCO B747-400/B-727 ERAU Honors Course in Minneapolis, MN. She attended FlightSafety® International where she completed her Learjet 35 Pilot Initial and Recurrent training and maintains her FAA Commercial Multi-Instrument Pilots License.
Ms Huddleston transitioned into the position of Divisional Manager for a Part 145 Repair Station after receiving her FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics License.
Her extensive maintenance experience serves to complement Journey Aviation’s fleet of worldwide aircraft.
Brandon Abbey studied economics at Corning College, and FlightSafey Academy where he received his FAA Pilot Certificates and Ratings.
Mr. Abbey is Vice President of Business Development for Journey Aviation. In this role, Mr. Abbey is responsible for accelerating the business' growth through strategic acquisitions and joint ventures across Journey Aviation’s aircraft management, worldwide charter operation and aircraft sales divisions.
Prior to joining Journey Aviation, Mr. Abbey held the VP position of Business Development for a FAA Part 135 worldwide operator. Mr. Abbey’s professional entry into aviation started as a Pilot flying Learjets Part 135 in 2003, that led way into globally operating various model Gulfstream and Challenger aircraft. Ultimately being Type Rated in Boeing 757 and 767 airliners, he has operated directly for the U.S. Department of Defense and United Nations since 2007 under a Part 121 Air Carrier. Mr. Abbey’s brings substantial aeronautical and international cultural experience to Journey Aviation amassed through over fifteen years of extensive worldwide operations and exposure in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.
Jennifer Thorup graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology earning a Bachelor degree in Aviation Management. Mrs. Thorup also holds a Certified Flight Instructor rating as well as a commercial pilot's license.
Mrs. Thorup has over 10 years of experience working in the private aviation industry. Jennifer started with Journey Aviation as the Director of Charter in which she was responsible for overseeing the charter sales and flight coordination offices and personnel located across the United States and throughout the world.
In her role as Director of Quality and Client Relationship Management, Jennifer is responsible for working closely with Journey Aviation’s clients and Journey’s department managers to ensure that the passengers have the best experience possible.
Michael Sands graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor in Business Administration with a major in Finance. He spent 20 years in the financial services and insurance industry, specializing in Aviation Insurance.
Along with maintaining currency as a line Captain, Mr. Sands holds the title Director of Safety. In this roll Mr. Sands chairs our in-house Safety Management System or SMS program. This internal safety assurance program is an essential element in ensuring our crew, aircraft, practices and polices are inline with Journey Aviation’s commitment to safety above all.
Prior to joining Journey Aviation, Mr. Sands acted as Chief Pilot and Operations Manager for a Part 91 Operation of eight corporate aircraft. Mr. Sands is a seasoned Part 135, on demand Captain currently flying the Gulfstream IVSP.