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Flight Data Systems Appoints New President, Anthony Rios


IRVING, TX., April 6, 2021 –  Flight Data Systems (FDS), a leading provider of flight data solutions for the business, military, and commercial aviation segments, has named Anthony Rios as President, effective immediately. Mr. Rios will succeed Darren Privitera, who will remain the Managing Director through May 2021. Mr. Privitera will remain with the organization to collaborate with Rios on developing long-term strategies for the organization.

In his new role, Mr. Rios will manage Flight Data Systems’ global operations in Dallas, Melbourne, and London, and will aid in synergizing the organization’s product portfolio with a focus on innovation.

“After an extensive search, we are proud to announce Anthony as the new President of Flight Data Systems,” mentions Michael Wilkerson, Vice President of Aviation and Government Businesses, ACR Electronics. “Anthony’s passion for aviation and rich executive experience in sales, engineering, and operations makes him the ideal candidate to further develop Flight Data Systems’ strong position in the market.”

An entrepreneurial leader with domestic and international experience in strategy development, sales, product development, operations, and engineering, Rios brings two decades of experience with innovative, aviation technology start-ups as well as established market leaders. His unique combination of business skills and the deep technical credibility gained through 13 years of engineering experience solidifies Rios as the ideal candidate for the role.

“I am excited about leading Flight Data Systems into its next chapter of growth,” mentions Rios. “We have a talented, multinational workforce with key partnerships already in place and an impressive array of technologies and solutions for business, commercial, and military segments of aviation. I look forward to leading this company and strengthening our partnerships within the community and industry.”

Rios holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), an FAA Commercial Pilot License (SEL-PPL, MEL-PPL, MEL-CPL, Instrument, High Performance/Complex, CE500 Type Rating) and regularly flies General Aviation aircraft for business and pleasure.

Rios is the latest member of Flight Data Systems’ leadership team which includes recent additions Kerry Farrish, Vice President of Sales, and David Mewbourne, Director of Engineering.

About Flight Data Systems

Flight Data Systems, founded in 1990 and based in Irving, Texas, seeks to drive operational efficiencies in aviation using their portfolio of data acquisition, data recording, data storage, and data analysis tools. Flight Data Systems aims to become one of the world’s leading providers of end-to-end flight data solutions within aviation segment. For more information, visit www.

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