2012 Top 40 Under Forty: Jason Morgan

Jason Morgan

Chief Pilot

University Air Center

Date of Birth: 5-29-82

Years in Aviation: 12

Jason Morgan has been the chief pilot for University Air Center since 2010. He earned his degree in Microbiology in 2004 from the University of Florida with intentions of pursing a degree in medicine, but decided to pursue a career in flying while earning his ratings on the weekends as a hobby.

In 2005 he became a CFI for University Air Center and soon after was hired to fly blood products for LifeSouth Blood Bank flying a C310 on a nightly route throughout the Southeast. In 2006 Morgan had built enough flight time to become a first officer with University Air Center’s charter department and began flying in the right seat of a Citation 550. Within a year a captain slot became available and he was upgraded to captain on the Citation 550.

In 2008 Morgan was asked to assist the former chief pilot with his duties and through experience gained was asked to be the chief pilot in July of 2010 at the age of 27. During his initial tenure Morgan re-wrote many of the company’s manuals including the GOM, MEL, RVSM and Training Program for University Air Center’s Part 135 operation as they were lacking and outdated. He also became compliant with TSA’s TFSSP.

Morgan manages 17 pilot’s, two crew bases (KGNV and KCRG) and eight aircraft including a Citation I, Citation II, two Citation SII’s, Citation V, two Eclipse EA500’s, and a Cirrus SR-22.

University Air Center specializes in the medical transport of human organs for many of the hospitals in Florida as well as patient transport for Shands Hospital at The University of Florida. Morgan is currently working with FAA on implementing iPad’s in the cockpit and is actively working on an SMS program to enhance the safety of operations as most of its missions are at night.