Vito Cutrone President and Chief Executive Officer, Board Member
Vito Cutrone began his career in the private sector with Pan Am Airways in 1964 and progressed in positions with increasing responsibility with the company over the following 25 years. In 1980 Mr. Cutrone centralized Pan Am's training and flight simulation facilities in Miami, and managed the facility for two years. In 1982 he was promoted and relocated to the New York headquarters to serve in various roles in Flight Operations. During this period his various responsibilities included negotiating union contracts with the pilots, directing Flight Operations and all flight crew bases throughout the Pan Am system.
Mr. Cutrone was eventually promoted to Vice President of Flight Operations, a position in which he was responsible for over 2,500 Pan Am employees and a budget of over $330 million. Following the Pan Am bankruptcy, Mr. Cutrone returned to Miami to run the training center which continued operations. He served as COO of the facility for two owners, eventually being promoted to Chief Executive Officer where he continues to serve. Mr. Cutrone received a B.S. degree from City College of New York, and spent four years in the Marines as a pilot on various types of aircraft.
Eric FreemanExecutive VP, Board Member
Eric Freemen has been in the flight simulator industry for over 15 years. Mr. Freeman joined Pan Am International Flight Academy in his current position in 1999. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Freeman worked at Northwest Airlines' flight simulation academy in Minneapolis where he oversaw pilot training activities. For a short period in 1993 Mr. Freeman ran his own flight training service that provided instruction and purchased Dry Simulator time from Northwest Airlines, and saw the company successfully purchased by Northwest and absorbed by Northwest's training operations.
From 1990 to 1993 Mr. Freeman was Director of Admissions of the Aviation Career Academy, where he was responsible for sales and developing curriculum. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Freeman was a commercial airline pilot with multiple large carriers. Mr. Freeman began his career by taking over his family's business in the early 1970's. The business required frequent travel between locations so Mr. Freeman obtained his pilot's license and purchased a plane to travel.
Mark JohnsonVP Technical Service
Mark Johnson began his aviation career with Cessna Aircraft Company where he worked in Avionics Integration and Automatic Flight Control Systems on the Cessna Citation and twin engine aircraft. He joined FlightSafety International at the Gates Learjet Training Center in 1976 as a Simulator Engineer working on flight simulators for the Learjet Corporate aircraft.
In 1978 Mark joined Redifon Simulation in Arlington Texas working on simulator visual systems and overseeing field engineering, modification and installation programs on various simulators for military, airline, corporate and aircraft customers. He worked extensively with international regulatory authorities in gaining acceptance of new generation computer generated visual systems for pilot training and checking approval. In 1983 Mr. Johnson joined the management team in the launch of Simuflite Training International at DFW Airport. Key accomplishments at Simuflite included the first FAA qualification of a corporate aircraft simulator under the FAA Advanced Simulation Program. In 1989, Mark joined British Aerospace Incorporated (BAe) in Washington DC. He was responsible for simulator acquisition and engineering for the corporate jet and regional aircraft sales support for BAe in North America. In 1999, he joined Pan Am International Flight Academy where he oversaw simulator acquisition and expansion plans to five locations in the USA. In 2002 Mr. Johnson was promoted to Vice President, Technical Services and General Manager of the Pan Am – Dulles Training Center where he was given the additional responsibility for overseeing customer training programs and operation of the Center.
Greg DarrowSenior Director of Sales
Gregory Darrow has a long history of pilot training beginning with South Pacific Island Airways in the early 1980's. Mr. Darrow has worked for Wings West, American Eagle, Aloha Airlines and American Airlines. A pilot with over 17,000 hours of flight time, he has flown and been an instructor on many regional and mainline aircraft as well as an FAA training center examiner on the Boeing 737 and 757/767 aircraft.
Mr. Darrow also has an extensive sales and marketing background. He worked in sales and marketing at American Airlines, IKON Office Solutions and Flight Training International. After 10 years with Flight Training International where he rose to Vice President, Mr. Darrow resigned in 2007 to accept the position with Pan Am International Flight Academy. Mr. Darrow has assisted airlines around the world in recruiting, training and retaining flight crews.
Gary AndersonSenior Director of Operations
Gary Anderson has been involved in aviation training as a Pilot Instructor for over 25 years, in Transport Category Training, and Test and Ferry for over 13 years. Trained at Northwest Airlines on the A320 in 1997, he provided contract training for many airlines and individuals at the Northwest Aerospace Training Corporation facility (NATCO) operated by Northwest Airlines in Eagan, MN.
Originally joining Pan Am International Flight Academy as an A320 Pilot Instructor and Program Manager in 1999, he was offered the position of Minneapolis Center Director in 2002. He was then promoted to Senior Director of Operations in 2006 with oversight of both the Minneapolis, MN and Memphis, TN Training Centers. He worked closely with AFS 210 in Washington and with local FAA Inspectors to create the model and job aids for adding Dallas and Miami Satellite Training Centers to the Minneapolis 142 Training Certificate.
Carmen Von LippkeDirector of Operations
Carmen began her aviation career working with Alert Management Systems, a subsidiary of Pan Am World Airways. In Security operations, she worked as Director of Training and Quality Control at PAA airline bases throughout Europe, and South America. From 1993 to 2003 she served as Director – Customer Services and Building Facilities for Pan Am International Flight Academy. With over 20 years of aviation related experience , Carmen was promoted in 2003 to her current position as Director of Operations and Training with responsibility for managing the Miami, Cincinnati and Las Vegas Training Centers which encompasses operational functions including scheduling training, developing training programs, flight standards, and ensuring regulatory compliance with foreign and regional civil aviation agencies. Has additional responsibility for the European training programs headquartered in Gatwick, U.K.
She also helped grow the network of training centers by contributing to the building, furnishing, and servicing of many of the facilities in the Pan Am network. Carmen is a valuable part of the Pan Am management team, speaking four languages, with extensive international experience.