About Coastal Aviation Technologies
Coastal Aviation Technologies was founded in 2001 as Coastal Aviation Software, with a focus on developing sophisticated applications for the emerging Air Taxi Industry. Coastal has evolved over time from the original Coastal Technologies Group, which provided call-routing optimization and other functions to the telecommunications industry. Coastal’s software specialized in handling very large numbers of events (hundreds of millions of calls per hour) and utilizing advanced mathematical algorithms to find more efficient call routings and avoid system bottlenecks.
Coastal’s founder, Richard Kane, an accomplished pilot himself, realized that many of the elements which made the telecommunications software valuable would translate over to aviation. With the anticipated emergence of the Air Taxi industry, Coastal Aviation spent the next several years developing an integrated platform of software applications that would drive maximum efficiency of operations by leveraging the network effects of airplane schedules, as well as establish an online, easy to use web portal for quoting and booking the air taxi flights. A number of other features were developed in close cooperation with air charter operators, providing benefits in trip accounting, Customer Resource Management, and flight crew optimization. Among Coastal’s initial customer base were operators in both the U.S. and Europe, giving Coastal the ability to handle various international operations.
Following the economic downturn of 2009 and beyond, the Air Taxi industry began to encounter increasing difficulty and most of the operators began to run into financial difficulties. Coastal continued to market it’s software and services to traditional air charter companies. Seeking to find new ways to leverage Coastal’s unique technologies, the Board appointed David Hackett as CEO in late 2011. With a long career in commercial aviation, particularly with respect to business development and strategic planning, Hackett was tasked with finding new growth areas for Coastal.
Since that time, Coastal has focused it’s resources on providing fleet schedule optimization services to large charter and fractional operators, as well as PERSONIFLY.com, it’s open charter quoting and booking portal. PERSONIFLY makes sourcing air charter flights substantially faster and easier than existing distribution channels available to the industry, not only through instant (and accurate) quoting of flights but also through searching available fleets for the best values as a result of empty legs and other means. PERSONIFLY is made available without charge to retail customers and brokers/intermediaries alike.
Our team of management and investors brings many years of experience in aviation and technology, along with an entrepreneurial spirit that continues to work towards changing the way private air travel is sourced, purchased and flown.
Coastal’s systems are well suited for companies with only a few aircraft all the way up to fleet sizes in the hundreds of aircraft. The applications are entirely scalable, affordable for companies of all sizes, and our network and computing centers are build to provide very fast, intelligent results regardless of size and scope of the operation. Our mission is to make private air travel more accessible, more efficient and more transparent.
We appreciate your interest and look forward to assisting you in the future.
Management and Board Members
Coastal brings a management team with many years of experience in both aviation and technology, with extensive track records of industry transformations and innovations.
David Hackett – President & Chief Executive Officer
Richard Kane – Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Phil Bakes – Director Peter Diamandis – Director
Naveen Jain – Director Dale Klapmeier – Director