David Costa, “RenegadeAV8R”

Our airshow demo pilot is David Costa. He has over 15,000 hours of flight time in almost 100 different aircraft types. David is an Airline Transport Pilot and a flight instructor in high performance aircraft including business jets and former military jets like the TS-11 Iskra he flies at airshows.

From as long as he can remember he wanted to fly. When David was in the United States Marine Corps and selected for the officer program his one wish was to fly. Unfortunately, the United States Marines had other plans for him. David served with distinction, and eventually re-entered the civilian world determined not to give up on his dream of flying fast jets.

David spent decades in the medical device business and owned several companies, then instead of giving up on a dream that has been so much of a part of his life, became an airline pilot while still running his businesses. He figured the airlines only wanted him to work 15 days a month….so that was a part-time job!

But airline flying was not enough. The RenegadeAV8R needed more. He mentored people all the time about setting goals, and thinking outside the box, so through a friend he purchased his first former military jet. The RenegadeAV8R now is living what he dreamed about since he hatched….and loves to share his message of living your life with passion, gratitude and doing it you own way…..being a Renegade is a good thing! We all have been given great gifts in life and we all experience great pains….but through all we have decisions to make. Decisions to be successful in whatever WE choose to focus on.

David is happy to speak to groups, young and old, big and small about aviation, and personal development. We are grateful to be of service to your event and air show!