May 9, 2018

Robin Eissler, chief operating officer of JetAVIVA, recently became the first woman to receive the Texas Aviator of the Year award, for her work with the Patient AirLift Services (PALS) Sky Hope Disaster Relief Program.

“Robin was nominated for aviator of the year based on her public service efforts,” said David Fulton, aviation division director of the Texas DOT. “This award isn’t given every year – only when we think someone has gone above and beyond in the field of general aviation, and has done something extraordinary.”

View a video about Eissler’s Texas Aviator of the Year award.

PALS Sky Hope provided life-saving services during Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake of 2010, and the 2017 hurricane season. The organization has completed more than 2,500 missions in 13 years. PALS Sky Hope works with NBAA and aircraft owner associations to rally their members to support disaster operations. Learn more about PALS Sky Hope.

Eissler also is active in NBAA, serving as a past co-chair of the association’s Leadership Conferences. A Certified Aviation Manager (CAM), she currently sits on the CAM Governing Board. In 2017, Eissler was among those in the industry recognized for her relief efforts during the hurricane season with the association’s Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership.

“NBAA congratulates Robin on her well-deserved recognition by the state of Texas for her humanitarian efforts,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Robin embodies the best of the business aviation community, with her tireless dedication to helping those in times of crisis.”