Jet Aviation Dubai appoints Prabhat Gummadi
Jet Aviation Dubai names Prabhat Gummadi as its new maintenance director.
Jet Aviation Dubai has named Prabhat Gummadi as its new maintenance director.
Gummadi will be responsible for overseeing operations at the Jet Aviation Dubai maintenance and AOG facility. He will report to Hardy Bütschi, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Dubai.
Gummadi begun his professional career with Air Works India Engineering based in Mumbia, India, where he served as senior/avionics engineer from 1998 through 2005.
Gummadi has numerous AME licenses and significant experience with Beechcraft, Cessna, Dassault Falcon, Boeing, Gulfstream, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft. He holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and is currently completing a master’s degree in aircraft maintenance management with City University in London, England.
Bütschi says: “Prabhat understands the needs of our clients and has demonstrated a strong commitment to upholding the highest industry standards. He is a dedicated leader and welcome addition to our management team in Dubai.”
Corporate Jet Investor: What do you think will be the biggest challenge in your new role?
Gummadi: “Jet Aviation has built up a global network of business aviation facilities over almost half a century and is globally reputed for its excellent service standards. The challenge for me is to ensure consistent, reliable support for multiple aircraft types, compounded by the inherently cyclical maintenance rhythm at Jet Aviation Dubai and the fact that the service bench mark is set at much larger AMOs within the Jet Aviation family, such as in Basel and St. Louis.”
CJI: How did you end up in business aviation?
Gummadi: “Like most things in life, I sort of wandered into it and got hooked. I was working as a technician for a regional airline when it suddenly ceased operations. I was then offered a position at a Business General Aviation (BGA) MRO that specialised in light jets, turboprops and helicopters.
“This placed me in a very interesting environment where I was given the opportunity to learn a great deal, and I basically became a life time convert to the BGA maintenance domain. I consider myself very fortunate to be part of the Business Aviation industry. It offers many exciting growth opportunities, diverse experiences and has provided me a very satisfying career.”
What most excites you about your new role?
“I am very eager to learn more about the less obvious intricacies of the maintenance business, such as financial aspects, business development, customer relations management (CRM), team building and mentoring the next generation of aircraft maintenance professionals. And, of course, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with and lead a small but hugely multinational team (i.e. more than 10 nationalities!) to support a variety of business jets, including Gulfstream, Dassault Falcon, Hawker and the Big Iron – BBJ and ACJ aircraft.