You may recognize our Director of Safety as your own pilot, Russ Hodgkins. Russ and many of the other administrative pilots fly the line part-time, toggling office duties with their passion for the skies. This keeps them current on the day-to-day experience of PlaneSense® crew and owners, enhancing their effectiveness in the air and on the ground.
Russ and his team help foster the overall culture of safety at PlaneSense. “From the boss to the newest employee, safety is embedded throughout our organization.” Russ explains. “It comes down from George and sets the tone for the whole company.”
Russ oversees everything from safety training of new and veteran crew members to reviewing the procedures followed by Flight Operations Center personnel; a constant building of the safety culture ensures that our team is thoroughly prepared for anything.
Originally from Quincy, Massachusetts, Russ caught the aviation bug early, with an interest in airplanes since childhood. He started flying in his teens. Russ graduated from the Air Force Academy, and flew for 29 years of active duty, piloting T-38 and EF-111 jets, flying 116 combat missions, and spending 3 deployments in Europe and the Middle East. He counts himself fortunate that most of his career has been in an active pilot role. Russ retired from the Air Force in 2009, and in 2011 he joined our team.
When he is not in the air, Russ and his wife welcome the New England sap run every spring, and enjoy making their own maple syrup. They also have two sons, both in the Air Force.