2012 Top 40: David J. Schubert

Aug. 21, 2012

David J. Schubert

Assistant Airport Director 

Spirit of St. Louis Airport

Date of Birth: 6-13-81

Years in Aviation: 12

David Schubert oversees the day to day operations of the Spirit of St. Louis business aviation airport located in Chesterfield, Missouri. Spirit has more than 500 based aircraft, some 130 being jets, and more than 150 businesses employing 3,000+ people and creating an economic impact of $400 million to the St. Louis region.

Schubert is responsible for maintaining the Airport’s FAA Part 139 certification, airport emergencies, security, maintenance, hangar/land leases, and airport operations during construction and airport development. As the face of the Airport, Schubert serves as the liaison for the day-to-day working relationships with tenants, FAA, mutual aid agencies, the community, and the Missouri Department of Transportation Aviation Division.  

Before joining the Spirit of St. Louis Airport, Schubert attended St. Louis University-Parks College of Engineering and Aviation where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science and Business Administration; he is also a fully rated commercial pilot.

Throughout his career at Spirit, Schubert has obtained numerous accolades for his contributions to airport operations and safety including two FAA Safety Enhancement Awards, and two FAA Part 139 Airport Certification Program Medals of Excellence. Early in his career at Spirit he was responsible for developing training programs that were adopted by the FAA as models for airports in the Central Region as well as an airport emergency plan that FAA uses as a model for similar airports nationwide.

Schubert is extremely active in the business aviation community serving as a member on the Missouri Airport Managers Association, AAAE committees, and has recently been elected to the board of the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association.