Justin Castagna, C.M.

Operations and Project Manager

Executive Summary

Justin Castagna, Operations and Project Manager for Aeroplex Group Partners, LLC, brings high-level experience managing operations and projects at both commercial and general aviation airports.

In his current position, Castagna has completed projects ranging from large-scale fuel farm construction to the buildout of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. He assists with the management of day- to- day operations at three of Southern California’s premier aviation facilities at the Long Beach and Van Nuys Airports, with over 150 based tenants.

Castagna administers contract bidding and oversees construction project management for the Aerolease entities, including the award and management of vendor contracts. He also monitors tenant improvement programs, including technical plan and design review, and inspects properties to ensure compliance with airport lease terms and safety practices.

A private pilot, Castagna builds cooperative working relationships by interfacing with tenants, governmental agencies, airport and city officials, and community stakeholders. He is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and is a member of its Southwest Chapter Planning Committee, where he has served a panelist for the annual Airport Management Short Course.

Castagna is also an active member of the Long Beach Chamber Young Professionals, Airport Cooperative Research Program and Southern California Aviation Association Mentoring Committee. With both public and private sector experience, he brings diverse and essential expertise to the Aeroplex Group Partners, LLC.

Experience Highlights

Aeroplex-Aerolease Group, Long Beach and Van Nuys, California

Operations and Project Manager

  • Assists in management of three aviation facilities at the Van Nuys and Long Beach Airports.
  • Maintains collaborative working relationships with tenants, governmental agencies, public officials, civic organizations and community stakeholders.
  • Administers contract awards and construction project management.
  • Monitors tenant improvement programs, including technical plan and design review.
  • Inspects properties to ensure compliance with airport lease terms and safety practices.
  • Executes consulting contracts for airport management, business development and filming.

Ventura County Department of Airports, Ventura, California

Airports Operations Officer

  • Conducted FAR Part 139 airfield and terminal inspections to maintain federal standards.
  • Ensured operational compliance with airport rules and regulations.
  • Monitored airfield security and coordinated with the FAA air traffic control.
  • Performed operations inspections and monitored airport user activities.
  • Enforced noise abatement policies to help achieve community compatibility.
  • Ensured airport compliance with Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.

Ontario International Airport, Ontario, California; Burlington International Airport, South Burlington, Vermont; Orange County Airport, Orange County, California

Airport Operations Intern

  • Conducted airfield and terminal inspections, administered security classes and exams, and assisted with emergency response drills.
  • Managed daily field condition reports, wildlife depredation permits and emergency contact list updates.
  • Assisted with snow removal operations and developed a safety plan for passenger loading.

Signature Flight Support, Long Beach, California

Line Service Technician

  • Conducted aircraft ramp management operations and towing.
  • Refueled aircraft and managed aircraft storage systems.
  • Handled baggage and provided customer service.
  • Marshaled arriving and departing aircraft.

Education

B.S., Business Administration, Saint Michael’s College
FEMA Emergency Management Institute ICS Training Courses 100, 200, 700, 800
Airport Safety and Operations Specialist School, AAAE
Project Management Essentials Certificate, California State University, Long Beach
Auto CAD Certificate Course, California State University, Long Beach
Community Emergency Response Team Training, Los Angeles Fire Department