Akshar Patel graduated summa cum laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He also studied at the University of Oxford in England.
As Iron Eagle Aviation’s Chief Financial Officer, Akshar is responsible for financial planning and execution of the company’s strategic initiatives and business growth.
Akshar Patel is a Managing Partner and Investment Professional at Flatiron Asset Management, a diversified investment and advisory firm that utilizes a multi-strategy platform across Funds, real estate, private equity, and venture capital.
Prior to Flatiron, Akshar was an Investment Banking Professional at J.P. Morgan focusing on M&A transactions. During his tenure at the bank, Akshar quickly rose to the top ranks and advised on numerous multi-billion dollar transactions for both public and private companies. His aviation deal experience included the American Airlines restructuring and merger with United Airlines, Air Lease Corporation’s debt financing, and Waha Capital’s strategy on its AerCap investment.
Bachelor’s degree in computer information systems & minor in Accounting at Georgia State University class of 2019. Started flying in 2016. At IEA – Coordinates planned & unplanned maintenance, aircraft parts sourcing, in charge of aircraft logbooks and records, leads international flight operations and associated logistics.
Majority of work experience lies in electronics and board/circuit repair, building custom PC’s for home and enterprise customers (from home gaming PC’s to extensive video editing rigs and file servers). Started & Owned Phone Doctor of Atlanta at age of 18 (from 2015 to 2019 before selling to new owners).
Cameron Gahafer is a licensed commercial pilot with over 12 years of progressive flying experience for both multi-engine and single-engine aircraft. Growing up with a passion for flying, Cameron knew he wanted to be a professional pilot since he was 11 years old, and decidedly began his flying career at the age of 18.
Cameron graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelors in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest and most respected university for aviation and aerospace. While studying at Embry-Riddle, he also worked in customer service and hospitality, and earned his instrument rating, commercial single and multi-engine ratings.
Cameron brings over 15 years of customer service, hospitality, entrepreneurial and management experience to Iron Eagle Aviation. He is committed to serving clients with integrity and professionalism, and providing them with a personable, enjoyable and safe flying experience every time.
Cameron is currently Captain of the Pilatus PC-12 and holds SIC ratings in both the Phenom 300 and King Air 350.
Felix Badell is a Commercial Aviation Pilot graduated from the Civil Aviation School “Miguel Rodriguez” in Caracas, Venezuela in 1977.
At the young age of 23 years old, Felix began his professional aviation career where he developed his flying skills and built a successful expertise with the largest petrol and oil corporation in the country (Petróleos de Venezuela), accumulating more that 14.000 flight hours of experience.
In 1995, he obtained the Airline Transport Pilot at American Flyers, Florida/USA. Felix holds a type rating in the Beech 1900, Hawker 700/800, Gulfstream GI, Captain; SIC G-100/150/200; EMB-505.
Most recently, in 2016, he relocated to Florida, USA, obtaining his US Citizenship where he has continued his 40+ years of career consistently delivering a world-class international and domestic flying experience to his clients and is motivated to keep on accumulating an excellent flying record.
Colin Pace began flying at the age of 17 while attending Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA. After graduation, he attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL before returning to Atlanta to work for his family’s company.
Aviation and customer care have always been passions for Colin, whose family who owned and maintained a fleet of aircraft for the HoneyBaked Ham Company. It was here he learned of the premiere quality of service offered in the field of general aviation and how each customer deserves the best possible experience.
Colin spent three years flying patients for charitable fights around the southeast and holds both single and multi commercial ratings. He holds certification in both the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft.
Lance Hill, a Blairsville, GA native began his flying career at 17 years old to continue the family tradition which dates back to his great grandfather, along with a family full of pilots – men and women. Shortly after he began flying, he earned his commercial license, instrument and multi-engine ratings, and is a certified flight instructor.
Lance is SIC type rated in a Gulfstream G200 along with regularly flying the PC12 and various other aircrafts within the company.