D & D Aviation
was founded in 1993; it has grown into a dynamic,
customer-focused company. We are experiencing continued
success and growth as D & D expands its service
offerings and operations. Corporate headquarters
are located in the majestic Salt Lake Valley at
Salt Lake City International Airport. Our structure
provides the stability and resources of a large
organization, while preserving our innovative and
entrepreneurial environment of a family business.
Our core customers range from Corporate Executive
Travel, Road Shows, Celebrities, Professional Athletes,
Casinos, Medical Transport, and Family Travel.
The Management Team
Hopkins, Owner and Director of Operations
Dick has over forty years of aviation experience
with the US military and FAR Part 121 and 135 operations;
twenty of those years serving as Chief Pilot and
Director of Operation for FAR 135 operations. In
1993 Dick knew he could make a difference in the
aviation business so he founded D & D Aviation.
His keen eye for business, extensive flight experience,
and his word has helped transform D & D Aviation
in to what is today. Typed rated in, and a check
airman for Learjet and Gulfstream (G1159).
Richard “Tony” Hopkins, Jr.,
Type rated in Learjet and Gulfstream (G1159). Check
airman for Learjet. Has a varied Air Force background
that includes logistics, Research and Development,
Operations, and Acquisitions. As a USAF reservist,
serves as an Air Operations Officer for US Forces
Japan, Headquarters. Responsible for and maintains
pilot records, flight logs, Navigation subscriptions
(Jeppesen and GPS/FMS data based). Also serves as
the TSA Aircraft Operator Security Coordinator (AOSC).
Dennis Olszewski, Director of
Has accumulated over 9,000 hours flying both military
and civilian aircraft. Type rated in Learjet and
Hawker and developed D & D Aviation’s In-House
training and testing program.
Director of Maintenance
Mr. Walker has been with D & D since 1993 and
Director of Maintenance since 1995. Mr. Walker is
factory certified on both Learjet and Gulfstream
aircraft types. An accomplished trouble shooter
and maintainer; was asked by NTSB to participate
in investigation of P&W 305A engine fan blade
David E. Birkley,
Director of Marketing
Starting his aviation career in 1985 with Bloomingdale’s
flight department, Mr. Birkley has held a variety
of positions in aviation ranging from a commercial
airline Station Manager, Vice President of Customer
Service and Director of Charter Operations. Mr.
Birkley has arranged charters for heads of state,
Coast Guard drug interdiction support; NCAA sports
programs, celebrities, musical groups and corporate
incentive group travel.
Our flight crews have a broad base
of experience; flying aircraft as varied as the
C-172, F-117 Stealth Fighter and the B-747-400.
The pilot base has over 141,000 hours of flight
experience, with the majority in high-performance
jet aircraft. Pilots’ backgrounds include: Flight
instructors, FAR 135 Operations (passenger, cargo,
and medical), United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps
and Air Force Aviators, and major airline flight
crews (Delta, American, United, Continental and
All pilots complete computerized
annual training on aircraft systems, aviation weather,
flight physiology, Federal Aviation Regulations,
RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums) and
International operations. Our in-house training
eliminates the need to travel out of state for aircraft
system reviews and check rides, saving money and
allowing greater utilization/availability of crew
members. Crews are also provided with hands-on emergency
All crews are verse in international
operations in North America, including the Caribbean
and Latin America. Gulfstream crewmembers are also
authorized / certified for Pacific Ocean operations.