Our Team

Kurt Belcher, President/CEO<
28 September 2015: Management team at STA Jets in Santa Ana, CA. Kurt Belcher


Kurt Belcher is President and Owner of STAjets, one of the nation’s leading private air charter companies. A graduate of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in Aviation Business Administration, Kurt quickly earned his flying Credentials and ATP certification. A rising star in the industry, by the age of 27 Kurt already owned and successfully operated an FBO (fixed based operator) jet center. Concurrently Kurt gained experience across multiple aeronautical verticals by performing duties both as a commercial pilot and as a flight instructor. As President and CEO of STAjets, Kurt’s focus is leading the company to the forefront of the Aviation Industry with a distinct focus on safety and service.

Since taking ownership of STAjets in 2009, Kurt has expanded national operation with offices in Orange County, Van Nuys, Palm Springs and Miami.

Kurt’s passion for reaching new heights extends to his philanthropic and public policy advocacy. He is a member of Gen Next, an issue based organization of accomplished professionals aimed at addressing generational challenges. He also serves on the board of Pretend City Children’s Museum, The Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, Miracles for Kids and The Orangewood Children’s Foundation.

Megan Cunningham, General Manager<
28 September 2015: Management team at STA Jets in Santa Ana, CA. Megan Cunningham


Megan brings over 15 years of aviation experience to STAjets. Beginning her career with Raytheon in Wichita Kansas, Ms Cunningham has a long history of Aircraft Management experience including Charter Sales, International Dispatch, Marketing and Accounting. Megan was formerly the Vice President of Charter Services for Jet Source as well as Flight Analyst for Motorola Mobility. With a passion for team leadership and a distinct focus on customer retention Megan is tasked with providing daily oversight of the business, overseeing all Managed Aircraft Accounts and leading growth initiatives at STAjets. Megan also actively serves on the Southern California Aviation Association Committee.

Erik Neiderman, Director of Operations<
28 September 2015: Management team at STA Jets in Santa Ana, CA. Erik Neiderman, Dir of Operations


Erik brings to STAjets a balance of aviation and business related background. Becoming a licensed pilot back in the late 80’s, Erik’s pursuit of the dream aviation job led him down the path of an entrepreneurial venture. Having owned and operated multiple restaurants, a microbrewery and a beverage bottling company, his passion for aviation could not be ignored. Erik has acquired multiple type ratings while building relationships with the FAA along with valuable knowledge and skills. With 12 years experience in Aircraft Charter and Management Erik joins STAjets as Director of Operations. His active role is maintaining our relationship with the FAA and to ensure STAjets exceeds all government requirements.

Nick Sanders, Chief Pilot<
28 September 2015: Management team at STA Jets in Santa Ana, CA. Nick Sanders


Nick comes to STAjets with an extensive background in aviation management and air charter experience. He is a client focused professional with a proven track record in mentoring other pilots, fostering positive safety cultures, and managing in dynamic environments. Nick’s passion for flying developed as a child in Colorado, which led him to obtain his pilot’s license as a work-for-school-credit program in high school. Since receiving his B.S. in Aviation Technology from Utah State University, Nick’s career path has included both former Chief Pilot and Director of Safety positions with thousands of cumulative flight hours in the Learjet, Citation, and Challenger. Not only an accomplished Pilot and Business Manager, Nick also has a knack for cooking and enjoys road tripping with his wife.

Zach Rutledge, Director of Charter<
28 September 2015: Management team at STA Jets in Santa Ana, CA. Zach Rutledge


As Director of Charter, Zach focuses on expanding our client base and ensuring each customer has an outstanding experience. Zach’s passion for aviation started as a child and continued into high school when he took his first flying lesson. After graduating from the University of Redlands in 2004 Zach began a career in sales management.

Zach entered the Aircraft Charter industry over 6 years ago and has managed sales departments of all sizes. As a commercially rated pilot with thousands of hours, Zach brings an operational understanding to sales departments ensuring a seamless process for customers. In his spare time, Zach enjoys sailing, traveling and spending time with his wife and son.

Zack Schwendenman, Director of Maintenance<
28 September 2015: Management team at STA Jets in Santa Ana, CA. Zachary Schwendenman


As Director of Maintenance, Zack is responsible for the day-to-day operations of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance repairs for STAjets fleet of aircraft . As a certified Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic and a Pilot with over 3,000 hours Zack has revolved his entire career around his love of aviation.