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Executive Committee


Voting members of the airline.
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EJ Davis
Chief Executive Officer
EJ is the co-owner of American Airlines Virtual and the spokesman for the airline. He has over a decade of experience in flight simulation, and is responsible for General Staff Management and external airline relationships. Member of Executive Staff
Brad Smith-Lynch
Chief of Operations
Chief of Operations at AA Virtual, Brad is responsible for the continued operation of AAVirtual.net, and the management of personnel within.

Brad is currently studying Engineering at college with the intentions of gaining employment in aerospace engineering.
Luke Kakert
Vice President of Human Resources
Hi, my name is Luke Kakert. I am currently an analyst for customer experience applications for the world’s largest airline. I have been flying since FS98 and been a member of VATSIM since 2008. In the real world I hold a commercial single/multi engine rating, but in the sim you will normally find me flying the A320 or B777. In the past I have previously served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Fly Delta Virtual, Air Traffic Manager and Training Administrator for ZTL on VATSIM, and multiple advisory roles to many other ARTCCs and VAs.
Michael O'Halloran
Vice President of Fleet and Routing
My name is Michael O'Halloran and i'm the Vice President of Fleet & Routing here at AA Virtual. I've been a Pilot with AA Virtual since 2013 and have accumulated almost 2000 hours. I will ensure that AA Virtual has an accurate and up to date routing database. If there is any information you think might be useful or you have any questions about our routes or fleet then please don't hesitate to contact me. Happy Flying!
Chris Robison
Vice President of Flight
A graduate of a major collegiate aviation program in Ohio, Chris is very familiar with the inner workings of a flight department and being a pilot (Commercial Multi/CFI & Aircraft Dispatch License). In the real world, he works in the Flight Department of the second largest fractional company in the world. In his spare time, you will see him on TeamSpeak or Discord flying the virtual skies. Chris is a previous Chief Pilot for AAvirtual for the Chicago Hub and a long time pilot of AAvirtual.
Steven Allen
Human Resources Manager
Bio coming soon!

Domicile Team


Regional Operations Directors
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Domestic Leaders


Localized Operational Management
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Charlotte Chief Pilot
Vacant, apply at jobs.aavirtual.net

John F. Kennedy Chief Pilot
Vacant, apply at jobs.aavirtual.net
Chase Freeman
Miami Chief Pilot
Chase is a certified flight instructor at a major university flight program. He has been using flight sim since FS9 and is currently building a 757/767 home cockpit. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Chase is a huge fan of barbecue and sweet tea! With his commercial multi, instrument rating, and CFI, Chase is on pace to be moving up to the regional airlines soon after graduation. If you have any questions about the MIA hub, AAVirtual, or real world flying, he`d be happy to talk. Shoot him an email or just catch him in teamspeak. And by the way: WAR EAGLE!

Dallas/Fort Worth Chief Pilot
Vacant, apply at jobs.aavirtual.net

Los Angeles Chief Pilot
Vacant, apply at jobs.aavirtual.net
Matt Whitaker
Chicago Chief Pilot
Hello there. I am Matt Whitaker, the Chief pilot for our Chicago Hub. I have been interested in aviation since I was 6 and made my first flight (that I could remember). Since then, I have been hooked. I grew up a Navy brat all over the U.S and after high school I joined the Air Force. During that time, I was stationed in Nebraska, Texas, South Carolina and Portugal with plenty of deployments throughout the world. After 8 years I left the Air Force and went back to school. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and then a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a focus on airport operations and safety. I have been flight simming since the age of 12 with some of the old ms-dos games. I've flown for multiple Virtual Airlines and have experience in everything from military fighters and cargo aircraft to small props to the 747 and thousands of hours on VATSIM. I currently reside in the Omaha, Nebraska area with my fianc� and my son. When I am not flight simming you can usually find me either coaching my son's little league team or at my camper along the Missouri River where I am either sitting around a fire or out fishing.
Nate Shedlock
Philadelphia Chief Pilot
Nate Shedlock has been an avid sim pilot since the days of FS4, 3.5 floppy disks, and monochrome CRTs. At age 14, Nate took his first 'real-world' flight in a Piper Cherokee out of KAVP and was hooked. At age 24, he achieved his Private Pilot`s Certificate in single-engine aircraft. Nate has always attributed his success in real-world flying to the realism offered through flight simulation and VATSIM, as well as an incredible real-world flight instructor that taught him how to fly the aircraft like creating a work of art while maintaining a working knowledge of the science. Nate currently resides about 45 minutes outside KPHL. In the real world, Nate is a certified Emergency Medical Technician with goals to achieve his Paramedic rating within the next two years. Nate has years of managerial experience, including training and empowering his employees to be the best they can be. He remains humbly grateful for the opportunity to be Philadelphia`s Chief Pilot and hopes he can serve his staff well. Nate maintains a `virtual open-door policy`, as he has with any managerial position he`s had. So feel free to contact him at any time with questions, or to find out more about making Philadelphia your home HUB.
Robert Reid
Phoenix Chief Pilot
My name is Robert Reid, I'm a Wisconsin resident 20 minutes from Eaa airventure KOSH. I`ve been into simulation ever since I was 10 years old and I`m currently attempting to finish my PPL. My current simulator is P3D V4/Xplane 11, My setup is a Thrustmaster warthog with TPR Rudder pedals. If you have any questions feel free to DM me on Discord "Dusky#9000" or email me.

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