Meet the Team at USAF

Behind every great company is a number of individuals dedicated to providing excellent service. Here at US Aircraft Finance, we are lucky to have a talented team working behind the scenes to help our customers with their financing needs. In this blog post, we are introducing each of our individual team members. Read on to meet the team at USAF and learn more about our crew.

About USAF

From loans to refinancing, upgrades, and more, our team members know how to help customers and work together to provide a painless “flynancing” experience from start to finish.

USAF was founded by Dave Savoie in 1998 and has grown to include 6 additional employees. Our business is small but mighty, standing against other aircraft financing companies thanks to our unwavering dedication to customer service, our lightning-fast application process, and our unique position as a direct lender for aircraft loans.


Dave Savoie, Founder (1943 – 2023)

Founder and owner of US Aircraft Finance Dave Savoie joined the US Air Force in 1965. After 22 years of dedication and a number of medals, declarations, and ribbons under his wing, Dave retired from service but continued to fly his own aircraft.

Dave also spent 30 years in the banking industry as an Executive Vice President, Senior Lender, and Chief Credit Officer of large regional New England based banks. Following these two career paths, he determined he wanted to combine them by establishing a unique aircraft finance company dedicated to providing top-notch customer service and offering the best rates and terms in the industry as a direct lender.

Dave’s experience in the military honed his passion for service, and his knowledge of financing and love of flight created the perfect cocktail to inspire a new business: US Aircraft Finance.

Dave will be missed dearly, but we take comfort in knowing that his legacy will live on.


Alex. S. Dubra (Managing Director)

As Managing Director at US Aircraft Finance for the last 11 years, Alex is accountable for business strategy, marketing, and operations, including new business development and origination, among additional responsibilities pertaining to credit administration, loans, terms, and internal operations.

Originally from Minnesota, Alex served on active duty in the US Army for 8 years before entering the Real Estate industry in NYC for 16 years. Later seizing the chance to relocate his family out of NYC after Hurricane Sandy hit, Alex combined his sales and mortgage background and his love of planes with USAF. “When the job was offered, I took it and haven’t looked back.”

Alex flies a Cessna 172 aircraft, and while flying most enjoys “the view, being able to see the earth (landscape) in a way I never did before.”

Alex enjoys time with his family, flying, social events and the MN Vikings.


Pauline Fortune, Office Manager

Pauline is the Quality Control admin for both finance and insurance departments at USAF. Her 12 years of dedication to the company began when she stepped back into the working world after taking some time to care for her grandson. With previous experience in the automotive industry, Pauline was intrigued by USAF, its flexible scheduling opportunity, and its proximity to her home.

Pauline takes care of financing paperwork, prepares them for closing, and ensures FAA/escrow has all of the correct documents.

Pauline’s favorite thing about flying is “getting to my destination faster than driving!” Outside of work, she enjoys attending classic car shows and traveling.



Misty Hubbert, Insurance Processor

Misty has been a part of the team at USAF for 5 years and is responsible for running the day-to-day insurance department. After working in banking in finance for several years, Misty was drawn to the unique aspect of aircraft financing and was interested in the flexible scheduling opportunities offered at USAF.

As a relatively new member of the team at USAF, Misty most enjoys learning new things, as aircraft insurance is very new for her. She also enjoys working with all the staff.

When she isn’t on duty, Misty likes to “cook, listen to music, and work in my flower gardens.” Her family is also extremely important to her and she enjoys spending time with them as well as with her friends and neighbors.



Melody Danaher, Bookkeeper

Melody has worked with the team at USAF for 6 years as our talented Bookkeeper. Melody graduated from Champlain College in Burlington with a focus on legal administrative assistant work. Mostly working as a freelance bookkeeper, Melody enjoys the flexible schedule she can maintain while working with us.

As a bookkeeper for 40 years, Melody was “interested in learning more about this industry” and was “surprised that this service was operating in a small town in Vermont.” She enjoys the clear duties she has at USAF and says that “the work is enjoyable.” She also enjoys that “the staff is a pleasure to work with and everyone works together to serve one another and the clients of USAF.”

What Melody enjoys most about flying is “the speed in which I get to my destination!” While she isn’t working, Melody spends time with her family including her five granddaughters, which she says gives her “the most joy outside the office.” When she isn’t visiting family and friends, you’ll likely find her “taking a walk or hunkered down with a good book.”

We are truly honored to work with such a devoted, knowledgeable, and great team here at US Aircraft Finance. Whether you wish to discuss financing options with Alex, clarify paperwork questions with Pauline, or work with Misty on aircraft insurance needs, any member of our team at USAF will be happy to work with you to provide top-notch customer service that is unmatchable within the aircraft financing industry.

If you have any interest in working with our team to learn about your opportunities for aircraft financing, insurance, loans, and more, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your flynancing options!