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FDS appoints new director of engineering

December 1, 2020  By Wings Staff

David Mewbourne, photo courtesy of FDS

Flight Data Systems  announced the appointment of David Mewbourne as director of engineering effective December 1st, 2020. Known for generating profitable programs in aviation, Mewbourne brings over 27 years of engineering and program management experience to Flight Data Systems.

In his role, Mewbourne will direct the development of international embedded software and hardware programs from the company’s corporate offices in Irving, Texas.

“I am thrilled to take on this opportunity with Flight Data Systems,” said Mewbourne in a press release. “FDS is a leader in designing high-quality avionics for the aerospace industry. I look forward to working with this skilled team of avionics professionals to further the robust end-to-end flight data capabilities including the newly certified SENTRY family of data and voice recorders.”

“We’re extremely pleased to have David join our growing company,” said Darren Privitera, managing director of Flight Data Systems. “I’m looking forward to his leadership to further develop Flight Data Systems’ programs and to support our rapid development and growth plans for our flight data product portfolio.”


Eager to take on a lead role in the development and program support of Flight Data Systems’ diverse products and solutions portfolio, Mewbourne will lead a team of application, electrical design, and system engineers to support the integration and installation certification of products across a variety of industry verticals.

Mewbourne holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. His past experiences include a variety of major aviation brands across the United States including FDS Avionics and Logicircuit Inc. From engineering and program management, to proposal and client support, Mewbourne has gained a reputation for generating profitable engineering programs for airlines and business jet segments.

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