Andrew Schmertz

President and CEO

Andrew, co-founder of Hopscotch Air, is an avid aviator, attorney, and veteran of the communications and broadcasting industry. Andrew has led Hopscotch Air since its founding in 2009 and currently oversees all operations. Prior to Hopscotch, Andrew provided broadcast consulting services to major Fortune 500 companies and in the summer of 2008 he and his business partner sold their production company to WNET-TV.

Andrew a graduate of Fordham Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar.


Douglas Okin

Vice President, Business Development

Doug, co-founder of Hopscotch Air, is an Investment Advisor Representative with MetLife.

Doug is the founder and owner of International Outfitters, Inc., an exporter of quality aviation life support equipment and protective garments manufactured to U.S. military specifications.

Doug holds a double major in economics and communications from Hofstra University, Long Island, New York.

Our valued team members


Dennis O’Connell

Director of Operations

Dennis has thirty eight years and 18,000 hours of experience in aviation. He was General Manager of Flight Operations for Trans World Airlines where he also served as a Captain on the B757/767 for domestic and international operations. At TWA, Dennis served as liaison with the FAA’s Air Traffic Control Division.


Jeffrey Herskovitz

Chief Pilot

Jeff has been with Hopscotch Air since its inception and performed the company’s first revenue flight. In the winter of 2013 he became Chief Pilot, following his tenure as Chief Instructor Pilot. Jeff is a Cirrus certified flight instructor with several thousand hours in the aircraft. As Chief Pilot, Jeff oversees the management, training, and scheduling of pilots.


Sean McFadden

Director of Maintenance

Sean, a licensed A&P and IA, oversees Hopscotch Air’s maintenance program for all of the company’s aircraft. With more than 20 years of experience, Sean has experience with a wide range of aircraft and is in charge of managing Hopscotch’s safety and regulatory maintenance programs. When not maintaining airplanes, Sean helps maintain people, as a registered nurse on Long Island.