David Pettet — Executive Director (Minneapolis, MN)
David’s passion and dream to be a pilot started at a very young age, when his parents would take him to CLE (Cleveland Hopkins Airport) to B concourse observation deck and watch airplanes. That passion and determination to fly never stopped and upon graduation, David left direct to Florida to embark on his dreams.
David excelled through his aviation education quickly, becoming a flight instructor at the age of 18, and then flying for his first Part 121 air carrier at 19 years old, becoming one of the youngest airline pilots. Through out his first 5 years of flying, and several regional aircraft and airlines due to the economic downturn, he landed his break at the age of 23 as a First Officer on the 757/767 at Omni Air International, fulfilling a childhood dream of piloting his favorite airplane. In 2012, at the age of 25 David joined the Hawaiian Airlines ohana (family) where he was a First Officer on the Airbus 330 and Boeing 717 based in Honolulu, HI. In late 2016, he returned to the mainland full-time to join American Airlines as a First Officer.
David Pettet joined NGPA in 2008 while attending his first Winter Warm-Up in Palm Springs, CA, and quickly became involved serving on committee’s and joining the Board of Directors in 2010. In 2014, David served as Vice-Chairman of the board along side Chairman Scott Shatzer, and was elected as NGPA’s Executive Director late 2014. During David's tenure at NGPA, the membership has nearly quadrupled, and with the help of the leadership and volunteers, has brought on dozens of sponsors to support the vision and mission of NGPA.
David resides in Minneapolis, where his partner of over five years, Brandon Richards, primarily lives and works as a Senior IT Consultant.