John Galdieri, a US Naval Academy Graduate, founded Trident Aircraft in 2006.Trident Aircraft was created based on John’s desire to make aircraft rental and instruction affordable to Midshipmen from the Naval Academy and to local pilots. The company started with John, several students, and a single aircraft. As his student load began expanding rapidly, John purchased additional aircraft and rented a closet-sized office at Bay Bridge Airport to accommodate this growth.

He soon began hiring additional instructors and support staff, and by 2008, Trident had a fleet of ten Aircraft, eight full time employees, and was the most active flight school in Maryland.

In 2009, Trident expanded further with the creation of the Trident Aircraft Leasing Division, with Northrop Grumman Corporation as its launch customer. Trident also opened a stand-alone Maintenance Division to support the growing fleet.  Between 2010 and 2020 Trident’s Flight School continued to grow to a fleet of over 40 aircraft, flying more than 12,000 hours annually.  At the peak period, Trident’s Flight School was operating at five airports in five different states, performing military contract training including the US Naval Academy’s Powered Flight Program and the US Army’s Credentialing Assistance programs.

In 2007 Trident was asked by a local business owner to help support his regional private flight needs.  This client purchased a Cirrus SR-22 for his travel and Trident’s Management Division was born.  Using a skillset learned while acting as a Captain in the Fortune 500 world, John created a new business unit supporting private aircraft management services.  This division of the company grew rapidly progressing from small piston engine aircraft to turboprops and by 2011 Trident was managing jet aircraft for local business owners.  Trident Management Division has grown to two dozen aircraft ranging from a Cirrus Vision Jet through a Gulfstream G650ER.

In 2016 Trident earned their Air Carrier Certificate and commenced jet charter operations.  Trident’s charter fleet has continuously expanded and operates a variety of light to super mid-size jet aircraft.  In 2017, Trident became a Fixed Base Operator at Easton Airport selling fuel and hangar services to transient customers in Easton, Maryland.

In 2022 Trident sold the flight training operations to Pray Aviation in an effort to focus on what it does best, its Jet Management operations.

Trident’s headquarters is in Easton Maryland, adjacent to the Easton Airport. Satellite offices are at Baltimore’s Martin State and BWI airports, as well as in Naples and Boca Raton, Florida.

The highlight and core of Trident’s continued success is its People – an incredibly energetic group of over 60 full time employees, including pilots, aircraft technicians and a full administrative and accounting staff. John and Trident pride themselves on their boutique style aviation services.  Aircraft owners receive tailored services to meet their specific needs.

What's it like to work with Trident?

John Galdieri


Meet The Trident Aircraft Team

Maryland – Easton Airport (ESN)

John Galdieri


David Midyett

Chief Pilot

Steven Kovarik

Praetor 600 First Officer

Kimble Hanna

Challenger 300 Captain

Frank Fluharty

Lear 60XR Captain

Mike Hydes

Lear 60XR Captain

Jeremy Meehan

Honda Jet Captain - N420XE

Paolo Bertin

Lear 75 Captain

John Farrington

Challenger 300 - Captain

David Rochez

Captain, Gulfstream N807BC

jason schulte

Director of Maintenance, Gulfstream N807BC

Stephane Cottrell

Lear 60XR Captain
Jason Flood Trident Aircraft

Jason flood

Challenger 300 First Officer

Don Geda

Falcon 900 Captain

Garret Turco

Gulfstream G150 First Officer

Alexander Kosten

Honda Jet First Officer

Cliff Nichols

Embraer Legacy Captain

Darren Reid

Gulfstream G150 Captain

Russell Talley

Challenger 350 Captain

CP Wilson

Challenger 350 Captain

Paul Summerville

Citation Bravo Captain

Jim Buck

Citation Bravo Captain

Brian Davis

Falcon 900, First Officer

Raul Gonzalez

Citation, Captain CJ4

Mitchell Walker

Piper Malibu Captain

Mussie Mehreteab

Legacy 500 SIC

James Kilat

Citation Bravo Captain

David Garvey

Lear 75 SIC

FBO – Easton

Matt Doeler

FBO Manager

Neko Cooper

Line Service Tech

Ryan Price

Line Service Tech

Administration & Maintenance Team

Tad Woodward

Chief Financial Officer

Melody Melvin

HR Director

Debbie Kerins

Accounting Manager

Kari Grimplin

Accounting Assistant

Carrie Wilcox

Accounting Assistant - Easton

Nicole Midyett

Flight Scheduler

Chelsea Kovarik

Flight Scheduler

Ciara Fly

Flight Scheduler

David Ordway

Flight Scheduler

Aja Morgan

Flight Scheduler

Brandon taylor

Director of Maintenance

Gary Bozowski


Terri Connolly

Lead Line Service Tech. MTN

Steven Nawrocki


Mark Porches


Lisa Beard

Quality Assurance

Chrissy McCall

Quality Assurance

Napoleon Martinez

Facilities Manager

Gabby Hare

Accounting Assistant - Easton

Robert O’Dell

Line Service Tech, MTN