Curt Castagna, C.M.

President and CEO
Project Principal

Executive Summary

Curt G. Castagna, C.M. has a diverse background and more than 35 years of proven expertise in all aspects of aviation and airport consulting and management services.

Castagna is President and CEO of the Aerolease and Aeroplex business entities, which include general aviation and business aircraft centers located at the Long Beach and Van Nuys Airports. He has overseen the complete development, construction, management, leasing, sales, service and promotion of complex and diverse projects. Castagna is a current member of the board of directors for the National Air Transportation Association and a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Castagna has a long history of taking leadership roles in airport tenant and aviation trade associations. He is recognized by his peers and colleagues for establishing collaborative partnerships when negotiating through complex general aviation challenges, while maintaining a focus on compromise and consensus building.

Devoted to mentoring future aviation professionals, he has over 23 years of experience as an adjunct professor, teaching various classes in the Aviation Administration Bachelor of Arts program at California State University, Los Angeles.

A certified private and instrument-rated pilot, Castagna’s background and experience bring great value to every client.

Experience Highlights

Van Nuys and Long Beach Airports, California

Construction and Business Development

  • Completed redevelopment and $3 million remodel of an existing 160,000 square-foot corporate aviation complex at Van Nuys Airport in 2009.
  • Completed site preparation, building design, entitlement, construction and project management of a new $15 million 106,000 square-foot business aviation complex at Van Nuys Airport in 2008.
  • Managed construction of a 25,000 square-foot general aviation hangar development for multiple tenants and uses at Long Beach Airport in 2000.
  • Managed remediation and new construction of a new 100,000-gallon underground storage facility at the Long Beach Airport in 1998.

Lease Negotiation and Management

  • Operating manager of three separate aviation facilities, encompassing over 28 acres of aviation land and 500,000 square feet of various-sized hangars, office buildings and shop spaces.
  • Oversaw the appraisal process of multiple airport facilities at Van Nuys and Long Beach Airports.
  • Managed the communications and negotiation of land valuations and appraisals for several master tenant locations at Van Nuys Airport.
  • Spearheaded the resolution and mitigation of impacts resulting from the complete renovation of the main runway at Van Nuys Airport.

Community and Governmental Affairs

  • President, Van Nuys and Long Beach Airport Associations
  • Board member, National Air Transportation Association
  • Member, National Business Aviation Association Airports Committee
  • Member, National Air Transportation President’s Leadership Council
  • Past member, Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Founder, Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Airport Area Business Council
  • Member, Long Beach Airport Advisory Commission (Mayoral appointment)
  • Chair, Long Beach Airport Advisory Commission Noise and Outreach Subcommittee
  • Member, Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors
  • Past member, LA County Aviation Commission (County Supervisor appointment)

Honors

Recipient of National Business Aviation Association Silk Scarf Award and SoCal Aviation Association Wings Award, among many other industry and community awards.

Education

B.A. and M.A., Public Administration with Transportation Emphasis, California State University, Long Beach
A.S., Aviation Management, Cypress Community College