A little of our story

About Velocity Aviation

Velocity Aviation is founded by long time aviator, Dave Shapiro, who began his aviation adventure early on in life. Although never exposed to it in childhood, he always had an intrigue for aviation. As a young executive in the music business in 2005, the then 22 year old, had earned a small amount of discretionary income for the first time in his life and the very first thing he did was took an intro flight. From that day forward he was completely hooked to all things aviation. Over time his passion grew exponentially as did his aviation experience.

Over the coming years Dave continued to grow his career in and outside of the music industry. Rising up the ranks at major Hollywood agencies he was able to simultaneously grow his aviation business as well as other businesses including a restaurant, record label and merchandise manufacturing. This ultimately grew to him co-founding his own agency, San Diego based Sound Talent Group. No matter what businesses Dave was involved in, the one constant has always been aviation.

From BASE jumping to aerobatic flying, Helicopters to twin engines, flight instructing to furthering his own education, doesn’t matter to Dave as long as he gets to be in the sky. With over 15 years of flight experience, thousands of hours logged, and over a million miles flown, Dave continues to grow his experience and share it with the aviation community through the many services Velocity Aviation offers.

Ratings & Areas of Focus

  • Airline Transport Pilot – multi-engine airplane
  • Single engine Seaplane
  • Commercial Pilot-Helicopter
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
  • Multi-Engine Instructor
  • Citation 525 – Type Rating
  • Tail Wheel
  • Complex
  • High Performance
  • High Altitude
  • Aerobatics
  • Advanced Mountain Flying
  • Ferry Flights-Domestic and International