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Our Visit to Private Jet Painting Company East Coast Aircraft

East Coast Aircraft Painting
East Coast Aircraft Lobby

Chris and I returned to the Orlando area, more specifically the Deland Municipal Airport. Our visit to private jet painting company East Coast Aircraft was very informative.

We want to thank the owner, Marta Nobrega, for the tour and spending some time with us.

East Coast Aircraft has been operating for over 15 years. They are known for meticulous work and fast turnaround. Beyond painting, they also do complete or partial interior refurbishments.

What we learned is that partial refurbs of either the interior or exterior is an important part of the business.

Sometimes seat covers, partial carpet replacement or some detailed accent work to the cabin is all that is needed. This honest approach is refreshing as it’s not about selling all you can to a client but ways to save them money.

Some other areas in the interior that can be upgraded include:

  • Counter Tops
  • Headliners
  • Seatbelts
  • Window Panels
  • Cabinetry

On the exterior side, sometimes there might just be a small area of corrosion that needs repair.

In this case there is no need for a full repainting. Or adding stripes to an aircraft can completely change the appearance. Here again, they can provide lots of expert suggestions.

Although the focus in the early days was smaller airplanes, that has now shifted to almost exclusively private jets and larger turbo prop aircraft. The facility can handle aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream 550.

One of the coolest things we saw during our visit was their conference room. The table was a private jet wing, and the chairs were actual seats. Talk about living and breathing private jets.

East Coast Aircraft Conference Room East Coast Aircraft Conference Room

So, our takeaway from this was if you’re looking to upgrade your private jet inside or out, there are lots of ways to save money doing it. And these folks can definitely help with that.

You can get a quote by CLICKING HERE.

As always, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Us or email us at and maybe we’ll come visit you too. And remember, we are not compensated for any of our stories. We do this because it’s fun and we love aviation.

Oh, almost forgot, Chris shot a quick video of a Cessna Citation X they were prepping for painting.

Our Visit to Private Jet Painting Company East Coast Aircraft

Our Chat With Jetex At The 2024 NBAA Opa Locka Forum

Brittany Jones Jetex

They say, “Revolutionizing Aviation with Comprehensive Global Services”. In the dynamic world of private aviation, one name stands out with its exceptional growth and comprehensive services, it’s Jetex. Our chat with Jetex at the 2024 NBAA Opa Locka Forum offered a unique insight into this remarkable company. As Brittany Jones, Sales Marketing Manager, told Jorge and I, the company has much to offer.  

Founded in 2005, Jetex has rapidly expanded its presence in the global aviation sector. Today, it boasts over 38 FBOs strategically located across many international locations.

Jetex Dubai Jetex Dubai FBO

This impressive expansion encompasses key regions such as the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, and the Americas, making Jetex a significant player on the global stage. 

What sets Jetex apart is its holistic approach to aviation services. They have successfully positioned themselves as a one-stop solution, offering a wide array of services that cater to various aspects of private aviation. This includes expert concierge services, air charter options, and aircraft sales. Whether it’s arranging a luxurious private experience or facilitating the purchase of a private jet, Jetex’s expertise covers every conceivable need.

Jetex’s global footprint is particularly noteworthy. Their FBOs and ground handling services span from the Ivory Coast of Africa to Japan, illustrating their commitment to global reach.

They operate three major flight centers:

  • Miami
  • Dubai
  • Beijing

These centers are pivotal in managing flight planning and logistics, ensuring operational efficiency, and providing seamless services to clients worldwide. 

The diversity in Jetex’s aircraft offerings is another highlight. From the Cessna Citation to the long-range Boeing Business Jet. Their fleet caters to a wide range of client preferences and requirements. This versatility ensures that Jetex can accommodate any request, be it for a short regional flight or a long-haul international mission.

In today’s world, where environmental consciousness is paramount, Jetex stands out for its commitment to sustainability. Acknowledging their responsibility towards the natural environment and future generations, Jetex has implemented a comprehensive environmental strategy. This aligns closely with the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) goal of reducing the aviation industry’s carbon emissions by 50% by 2050. Such initiatives underscore Jetex’s dedication not only to service excellence but also to sustainable practices.  

As independent observers in the aviation industry, Jetex is one to watch. The trajectory of Jetex suggests great potential. This evolution, marked by service expansion, operational efficiency, and environmental commitment, positions them as an up and comer.

In conclusion, Jetex is more than just a service provider in the aviation industry. It is a visionary company that is reshaping the private flying experience.

And as always, contact us and maybe we’ll do a story on you.

Our Chat With Jetex At The 2024 NBAA Opa Locka Forum 

Northern Jet Orlando Its All About People And Safety

Northern Jet Pilots

As promised Chris and I returned to Orlando Executive Airport to see our friends at Northern Jet. This time we brought a video crew from Aviation Marketing Experts. We had the opportunity to see a couple of aircraft up close. We learned, for Northern Jet Orlando its all about people and safety.

Here’s a link to the first video on YouTube.

The video crew sat down for an interview with Ricky Guagliardo, Sales Manager, in their spacious top floor conference room.

Conference Room With Panoramic View Conference Room With Panoramic View

What is so impressive about Northern Jet is the fact that they have their own private terminal. And it’s not just a terminal, it was previously the Sheltair Aviation Services FBO location. It’s unusual for a private jet charter company to have their own private terminal. Most use a shared FBO location.

As part of the video production, we got to be onboard with two of the pilots while they readied a flight, on a Citation CJ3, bound for the Bahamas.

Special thanks to pilots:

  • PIC: Robert Basile
  • SIC: David Chiles


What we learned from our second visit was how important safety is at Northern Jet.

Captain Basile told us he never feels pressured to take off as safety always comes first. Co-Captain David Chiles commented that working for Northern Jet was like being in a family. I did want to mention that the pilots had no advance notice of our visit or that they would be participating in the production. This underscores how genuine they really were.

It’s clear that beyond safety, Northern Jet strives to make the customer experience an extraordinary one.

We have visited many operations on our travels, this one really stands out for so many positive reasons.

We’d like to thank everyone again for granting the video crew such a level of access and for all the hospitality. As we saw, Chris really enjoyed the selection of snacks that are provided on the flights.

Northern Jet Orlando Its All About People And Safety

Visit To Orlando Sanford International Airport To See Private Jet Charter Companies

Air Unlimited Logo

When you think of Orlando and private jet travel, Orlando Executive or Kissimmee Gateway come to mind. But there is another great option there. Our visit to Orlando Sanford International Airport to see private jet charter companies had us meeting some great people.

As usual we didn’t have an appointment, so we just popped in on Air Unlimited. Here we met some amazing people who shared some of their valuable time with us.

Air Unlimited is a private air charter company that operates both Turboprop aircraft and jets. Additionally, they offer maintenance services for Beechcraft King Air series and Cessna Citation 500 series aircraft. Their fleet consists of these same aircraft.

The company flies Orlando to Bahamas charters with their King Airs on almost a daily basis

Great people we met:

  • Captain Joshua “Josh” Stover
  • Director of Maintenance, Charter “Chick” Gregg, Jr.
  • Director of Safety, Jeff Craig


When were arrived, we met Captain Stover and “Chick” Gregg, Jr. Captain Stover was working on a project so “Chick” gave us a tour of their customer terminal and aircraft hangar. And it is of note, that “Chick” is the son of Air Unlimited co-founder, Charles Gregg, Sr. So, a couple of generations going on.

In the hangar, we also met Jeff Craig, who is a former U.S. Navy Pilot who flew EA-6B Prowlers and EA-18G Growlers. Jeff also teaches several flight training courses at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the Aeronautical Science Department of the College of Aviation in Daytona Beach, FL. Very impressive and thank you for your service.

Air Unlimited Customer Gate

Also in the hangar was a pilot trainee, Jeff was giving some hands experience to on one of the King Airs. Having newcomers as co-pilots is a great career path for future pilots.

We then went back to the conference room to meet with Captain Stover again. We really appreciate all the time that Josh gave us in explaining their business. As it turns out they also fly donor organs for transplants. Aircraft just aren’t for people.

What we really liked about Air Unlimited was that everything was in one place. Many times, the office location, customer terminal (may just be a 3rd part FBO), hangar and maintenance are spread out. Here, a customer can see the entire operation, which creates a great impression.

Air Unlimited Office

So, if you’re in central Florida and looking for a quick hop to the Bahamas, these are your guys.

And yes, they do have Cessna Citation CJ1’s so charter jet flights are available from this great alternative location.

And thank you again, Josh, Chick Jr and Jeff for your time. We really appreciate it and are glad we could share our visit.

Visit To Orlando Sanford International Airport To See Private Jet Charter Companies

Captain Joshua "Josh" Stover
Captain "Josh" Stover

Our Visit to Orlando Executive Airport To See Private Jet Charter Companies

Ricky Guagliardo - Northern Jet

Chris and I went back to Orlando to check out a couple of area airports. Our friends from Aviation Marketing Experts (Blue Island Digital) are also based there. We have done work for them, including writing for their newsletter. Our visit to Orlando Executive Airport to see private jet charter companies turned out to be quite a surprise.

Our plan was to stop at Stratos Jet Charters but instead we found Northern Jet at their location. As we soon learned, Northern Jet is a recent merger of SpeedBird (Orlando, FL) and Northern Jet Management (Grand Rapids, MI). We also found out that Stratos had moved to the other side of the airport (more on that later).

We were delighted that the Sales Manager, Henrique “Ricky” Guagliardo talked to us. We are always amazed how courteous, even busy, people can be to share their story when they are passionate about it. That was the case with Ricky. Like us, we could tell, he loved his work.

We learned a little about the new company and how in many ways it sounded like a match made in heaven. Both SpeedBird and Northern Jet Management operate their own aircraft. One based in the Southeast and the other in the Midwest. This creates great aircraft positioning. SpeedBird clients are mostly on demand and Northern Jet Management has a strong card membership program.

Great fleet of popular jets:

As Ricky explained, the new company now has a combined fleet of over 40 jets, including:

  • Cessna Citation CJ3s
  • Learjet 40/45/70/75s
  • Citation Xs,
  • Challenger 300/350s
  • Challenger 605s

And a team of over 200 employees, including 98 pilots.

The Northern Jet customer terminal at Orlando Executive Airport looks like a great experience for travelers. From its “Brews & Bites” area to stylish modern décor, it reminded us of some of the nicest FBO locations we have ever seen.

Northern Jet Orlando Customer Terminal

Northern Jet Orlando Customer Terminal

They even have free decks of personalized Northern Jet “casino quality” playing cards at the counter. Nothing like a hand or two of 5 card stud on your flight.

We liked this visit so much our plan is to return with a video crew and get a tour of one of their fleet. We’ll set that up with Ricky and keep everyone posted.

Now on to Stratos Jet Charters. As mentioned, when we went to their address on Google Maps, that is where we found Northern Jets. Chris checked their website and found there was a new address: 3051 E Livingston St, Suite 401 Orlando, FL 32803. This is the Sheltair FBO building.

We went up to the 4th Floor and found Suite 401. We opened the door to what appeared to be about a 300 sq. ft. two room office. There was no sign but there were 2 men inside. Clearly, they were in the process of moving, as there was no furniture, just a computer in pieces on the floor.

We introduced ourselves and the man proceeded to tell us that they were busy with meetings and couldn’t talk to us. We asked if there might be a time we could come back and the man said he would have to talk to the owner, he motioned toward the other room, so we assumed that was the other person we saw.

We gave him a business card. Yes, we have cards. Haven’t heard back as of yet.

On to the next adventure (Sanford International Airport) …

And as always if you’re in the aircraft business, contact us and maybe we’ll come visit you too !

Our Visit to Orlando Executive Airport To See Private Jet Charter Companies

Secret Sauce For Las Vegas Private Jet Charter Rental

Las Vegas Daytime

We love sharing fun and educational stories about the people we meet in the aviation industry. We just returned from a trip to Las Vegas, but no private jet this time. We talked to a company who shared something with us that we have been hearing from a few people. We’re gonna share the secret sauce for Las Vegas private jet charter rental.

Any broker who is in the private jet charter business knows about Avinode or FlyEasy. These two services provide an available inventory of aircraft and flights. Since most brokers use one of these for flight quotes, many are selling the same flights for the same prices.

Now back to our Vegas visit. We visited a couple of air charter companies. As usual, we didn’t have any appointments, so we only got to talk to one management person. He asked that we not share his name or the company. We’ll respect his wishes. What we will say is this is a company who operates their own aircraft and is not a broker.

His business model was one we had not heard of before. Rather than list his aircraft on the usual services, he deals with a select group of people. Most of his clients are brokers who guarantee a certain amount of business at an agreed rate. He gets paid regardless. In exchange, the broker gets a better rate as does the broker’s clients. He in return has predictable cash flow with no surprises.  

But even more surprising, he said, many of the recent flyers were experienced corporate executives and frequent travelers who switched from other providers that they had worked with for years.

Why are private jet travelers switching to a new provider ?

Some of the reasons why they are switching:

  • Flying with the same pilots and aircraft
  • No surprise repositioning fees
  • Able to book guaranteed flights at the last minute
  • Personalized service
  • Lower cost
  • And just being reliable overall.

We heard a similar story from InstaJet Charters, who also had made deals directly with a number of aircraft operators. Although the Las Vegas private jet operator wouldn’t confirm, we got the impression that InstaJet was one of their clients. Might be worth checking out if you’re flying to Vegas. (I would suggest calling them on the phone to talk to a real person, here’s their Las Vegas number (702)-714-3977.

So, the takeaway here is if you deal with a company who has access to these unlisted flights, you’re going to save money and have an overall better experience.

And, as always, we’d love to hear your story. You can drop us an email at

Secret Sauce For Las Vegas Private Jet Charter Rental

Part 134 1/2 Aircraft Charters

Beechcraft Bonanza

There’s lots of buzz in the aviation world about “illegal” charters, and rightfully so. In some cases, the difference between a legal Part 135 charter and everyone else is clear. But the FAA does allow pilots operating outside of a Part 135 charter operation to carry passengers and cargo, just not for hire. So that has been called Part 134 1/2 aircraft charters or gray charters. We’ll get back to that. 

Simple breakdown of the types 14 CFR 135 operations:

FAA Definition:

  • Air Carrier Certificate. An Air Carrier certificate is issued to an applicant that will conduct interstate, foreign, or overseas transportation, or will carry mail.
  • Operating Certificate. An Operating certificate is issued to an applicant that will conduct intrastate transportation, which is transportation that is conducted wholly within the same state of the United States.

Within these classifications are additional classifications of Commuter or On Demand. Without peeling back the entire onion, and again in FAA-Speak:  On-demand operations can be conducted in airplanes that have a passenger seating configuration of 30 seats or less, a maximum payload capacity of 7500 pounds, or in any rotorcraft, while Commuter operations may be conducted in airplanes which have a maximum passenger-seating configuration of 9 seats and a maximum payload capacity of 7500 pounds, or in any rotorcraft. Commuter operations cannot be conducted in any turbo-jet aircraft.

There are other key breakdowns of the Part 135 rule, each with their own requirements, including Single Pilot, Single Pilot in Command, Basic, and Standard. Standard being the highest level with the least restrictions. What we’re presenting here is a summary. For a more complete picture, the full scope of the regulation can be found at:

The message here is that you should know your mission and your charter needs before you start shopping. An operator sporting a Single Pilot Operating Certificate will be a smaller one. Generally, a pilot operation with a helicopter or a smaller, less-expensive piston or turboprop aircraft. That might serve your need perfectly. But if you’re headed a few states away, and need more speed, capability, and capacity, you’ll be dealing with an operation that carries an Air Carrier Certificate.

So, now that you have an idea of what a legitimate charter company looks like, what’s the other side of the coin?

Any certified and legally current pilot holding a Private, Commercial or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, can fly passengers in any aircraft that meets FAA standards. And in an airplane that the pilot is currently rated in (there are some additional restrictions for aircraft and pilots certified under the Sport Rule and holding a Basic Med medical certificate, but we’re skipping that in this discussion). They just can’t do it for compensation, of any kind.

What a personal flight can charge for is an equal share of the direct costs in those situations where the pilot has a legitimate reason to go to the same destination, and not just ferry his passengers. And of course, if there’s no compensation, no rules are broken.

But to be clear, buying the ferry pilot lunch would be considered compensation. Here’s the FAA’s definition: “Compensation is the receipt of anything of value that is contingent on the pilot operating the aircraft; i.e., but for the receipt of the compensation, the pilot would not have taken that flight”

And if you really want to dig deep, here’s a link to FAA Advisory Circular 61-142.

So, if you trust your next door neighbor Bob and his 30 year-old Bonanza, the two of you could hop down to the Bahamas (or wherever) and equally share in the cost of gas and oil, the aircraft rental charges and ramp fees. Don’t spin your wheels looking for the loopholes, because there are many ways to hide that compensation and skirt the regulations, but at best, the pilot is risking his certificate if the “charter” is busted by the FAA. Folks who do this from time-to-time are considered Part 134 1/2 aircraft charters.

Part 135 Certified Operators are highly regulated by the FAA and have met stringent safety standards with their aircraft, their crews, and their business management.

Meeting these standards does not come easy, and it does not come cheap. And stretch your imagination to consider what the insurance must cost for a $30M private jet and the liability of 8 seats filled with high worth individuals.

So, when you consider an aircraft charter, start at the top of the food chain, which is an FAA licensed and regulated Standard Part 135 operator proudly displaying an Air Carrier Certificate. Then work your way down the list until you find the charter operator that meets your specific needs. A aircraft charter broker is a good way to narrow your search and costs you nothing.

Just don’t ask Bob to dust off the Bonanza and for God’s sake don’t buy him a hamburger !

Brad Fuller is a pilot and President of Florida Film and Tape. They specialize in aviation photography and video production. 

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Our Visit to Opa Locka To See Private Jet Charter Companies

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