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April 17, 2016
 Dan Drohan (Photo courtesy of Solairus Aviation)
Dan Drohan serves as chairman and CEO of Solairus Aviation, an aircraft-management and charter company he founded in 2008, just as the Great Recession began. Despite that bad timing, the firm has prospered and now has more than 100 aircraft in its managed fleet. 
March 6, 2016
Wade Eyerly
The cofounder of California’s all-you-can-fly Surf Air has launched a similar operation in the Northeast and plans to test the concept in other markets, both domestic and international.
February 22, 2015
“Many people who buy an aircraft get disillusioned by the cost of ownership. If you are going  to fly less than 250 to 300 hours a year, you should charter instead.” (Photo: David McIntosh)
ExecuJet Aviation chairman Niall Olver pioneered business aviation’s global migration, but he still believes the industry has plenty of room for improvement.
December 19, 2014
Weener, whose term on the NTSB expires at the end of 2015, maintains that corporate aviation safety is “very good and getting better.”  (Photo: NTSB)
Earl Weener is one of three active pilots on the National Transportation Safety Board.
August 7, 2014
Patti Squire (Photo: Tammy Kita)
Few women own and run aircraft charter and management companies. How Patti Squire joined their ranks is a story of luck, family, tragedy, good business sense, employee loyalty and perseverance.
May 13, 2014
Gregg Slow, executive vice president of sales and client services, XOJet
Gregg Slow was just 7 years old when his mom began working for entrepreneur Richard Santulli, who went on to create NetJets, the fractional-share provider. Looking back, Slow says he always knew that someday he would work in private aviation. He started his career at NetJets in 2001, commuting everyday alongside his mom.
March 24, 2014
“There is virtually nothing I am doing now that I would have anticipated. So much of life is serendipity.” (Photo: Bill Bernstein)
Jordan Hansell became chairman and CEO of NetJets in 2011, just two years after coming onboard as chief administrative officer and general counsel. Under his direction, the fractional-share provider launched Signature Series, a program whose goal is to refresh and unify the fleet with custom-designed cabins.
August 1, 2013
“This is a relationship-based business, with some of the top people in the world. They don’t want to call some customer rep; they want a personal relationship.” (Photo: Chad Slattery)
Aerospace engineer Marc Foulkrod had no intention of getting involved in marketing when he was tapped to help a fledgling aircraft charter/management firm called Avjet in 1981. After college, he served as a performance-engineering specialist for Boeing and McDonnell Douglas before joining cargo carrier Flying Tigers.
March 19, 2013
Dagmar Grossmann
Dagmar Grossmann’s first experience of what was then Czechoslovakia was anything but an auspicious prelude to her subsequent emergence as a private aviation pioneer in that country. It was 1967, the year before the so-called Prague Spring and revolution was in the air.
February 7, 2013
Flexjet's Deanna White Photo Credit:  Bill Bernstein
Deanna White, the new president of Bombardier-owned fractional provider Flexjet, told us her company will continue to pursue what she called a “stealth wealth” clientele while offering customized solutions to clients’ private air travel needs. Doing so, she added, may require bringing more capital into the business from Bombardier or “some other facility.”

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