Father and son duo Joe and Luke Slawek make their living adding flavor to almost every food imaginable. Now, they are spicing up the way they do business – using a new Vision Jet.

Founded by Joe in 1987 when Luke was just six years old, FONA International, Inc. uses some of the best flavor scientists in the world to create and produce flavors. It didn’t take long for the business to become recognized as a world-flavor and market solutions leader. Soon, Joe realized they would need a better solution to keep up with client demand. He decided to take FONA to the skies, although aviation was no new venture for the Slawek family.

“I used to wake up dreaming about flying,” said Luke. “At that point in time that both of my parents were glider pilots before I was born. I grew up in the family business but was inclined toward aviation, and started flying gliders when I was 14.”

While Luke was in flight school at Embry-Riddle, Joe’s passion for flying renewed when he realized the ease of a quick father-son hunting trip with a personal aircraft on hand.

“I think that is when we really understood what a time machine it is to have aircraft available,” said Joe.

Joe began considering how to utilize aviation to improve the FONA business model. He realized that unhindered flight could be the most important asset.

Joe and Luke began flying aircraft loaded with samples of FONA’s products around the country to potential clients in a Pilatus PC-12. Today, they estimate they have flown over 30 different airplanes together, falling in love with Cirrus and Beechcraft products.

Lone Mountain has assisted in a few transactions for the Slaweks. It was instrumental in the international selling of a 2012 King Air B350i to a buyer in China before acquiring a new 2017 King Air 350i for the Slaweks.

“Lone Mountain worked hard on our behalf,” said Joe. “Transactions are sometimes extraordinarily complex, especially internationally to China and other places, so we are very grateful and indebted to Mark Rogers and Lone Mountain for that service.”

Aviation turned out to be a beneficial move for the FONA business model. Last year, Joe again enlisted the Lone Mountain team to help negotiate the purchase of a brand-new Cirrus Vision Jet.

“There’s only two groups of people we really care about: one is customers, and the other is employees,” said Joe. “What the King Air and Vision Jet allow us to do for our employees is convert a two-day trip into a one-day trip.”

With an aircraft on hand, FONA is able to get products into the hands of customers on a very tight turnaround, and then get its employees back much faster. According to Joe, the shorter business trips allow FONA employees to have a steadier home life and pick up another day of productivity back in the office the following day.

Thanks to the purchase of the Vision Jet, Luke has developed a great relationship with the Cirrus team through the delivery and training phases. Joe is currently working on his type-rating for the Vision Jet.

“I have about 20 hours in it, and it is an exciting time,” said Joe.

Not only do the Slawek men use their aircraft to take care of business, but they also make time to mix in pleasure. The aircraft have transported three generations of Slaweks (and their canine companions) to fun-filled destinations like the Grand Cayman Islands.

“I think that families stay together because they have fun together,” said Joe. “It has really become a tool to have fun as a family.”

For more information on FONA International, go to FONA.com

Here are the newest aircraft listings at Lone Mountain as of June 8, 2018:

 

Features include: Fresh Propeller Overhaul, Factory Air Conditioned, Dual Garmin GNS-430 WAAS (recently upgraded), and Lamb Skin Covered Pilot/Co-Pilot Seats

This single owner, always hangared, aircraft just had its fresh Cirrus service center annual inspection in May 2018. This fully loaded generation 3 GTS turbo with air conditioning represents one of the best values available today in the single engine piston market.

Transition Training is included in the purchase of this aircraft through Cirrus Embark Program.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Paul Sallach at 702-285-0604.

 


2006 Cirrus SR22 GTS

Featuring: Factory Air Conditioning, Dual WAAS 430’s, Avidyne DFC90 Digital Autopilot, Semi Portable Oxygen

This always-hangared, super clean aircraft has no damage history and just 780 flight hours since new.

Transition Training is included in the purchase of this aircraft through Cirrus Embark Program.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Daniel Christman at 404-308-8638.

 


2006 Cirrus SR22 GTS

Features include: Custom SR22 GTS Equipped with Factory Air Conditioning, Dual WAAS 430’s, Avidyne DFC90 Digital Autopilot

This aircraft has no damage history, was always hangared and is service center maintained.

Transition Training is included in the purchase of this aircraft through Cirrus Embark Program.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Daniel Christman at 404-308-8638.

 


2017 Cirrus SR22T G6 GTS

Featuring: Perspective+ Avionics Cockpit, FIKI, Air Conditioning, tubeless tires, Beringer brakes

With its carbon sterling/blue exterior, this SR22T boasts worry free ownership as it is covered under the Spinner to Tail Warranty through February 2022! It includes GTS Avionics, including: All Digital 4-in 1-Standby Instrument, Enhanced Stability Protection(ESP), Synthetic Vision Technology(SVT) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

Transition Training is included in the purchase of this aircraft through Cirrus Embark Program.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Daniel Christman at 404-308-8638.

 


2014 Cirrus SR22 G5 GTS

Features include: FIKI, 60/40 Flex Seating, Composite Propeller, ESP, EVS and full Garmin Perspective avionics suite with synthetic vision.

This aircraft is a loaded 2014 Generation 5 SR22 GTS with low time engine (just 180 hours since engine overhaul). With Platinum appearance package, the refined look is sure to make a wonderful addition to any hangar!

Transition Training is included in the purchase of this aircraft through Cirrus Embark Program.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Paul Sallach at 702-285-0604.

 


2013 Cirrus SR22T G5 GTS

Featuring: Turbo & Air Conditioning, Certified for Flight Into Known Icing and Enhanced Vision System Camera

This beautiful 2013 Generation 5 SR22T is loaded will all GTS options, including Enhanced Stability Protection(ESP), Synthetic Vision Technology(SVT), FIKI, Air Conditioning, and more! It is covered under the Cirrus Spinner to Tail Warranty through December 30th, 2018.

Transition Training is included in the purchase of this aircraft through Cirrus Embark Program.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Daniel Christman at 404-308-8638.

 

May was a busy month at Lone Mountain Aircraft! We tallied 14 sales and 15 total transactions We found buyers for 9 Cirrus, 2 Cessna and 1 Piper aircraft. The aircraft that were sold are below:

Other Lone Mountain transactions in May:

  • 2019 Cirrus Vision Jet SF50 Position 192 (sold)
  • 2000 Mooney M20R s/n 29-0218 N322RW (sold before it hit the market)
  • 2009 Piper PA46-500TP s/n 4697396 N3090K (represented the buyer in the sale)

We are looking forward to another great month! Click to see our turbine and piston listings at LoneMountainAircraft.com.

Here are the newest aircraft listings at Lone Mountain as of June 5, 2018:

 

Features include: Naturally Aspirated, Cirrus Perspective by Garmin, Factory Air Conditioning and TKS De-ice.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity for a desirable configuration!

Transition Training is included in the purchase of this aircraft through Cirrus Embark Program.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Mark Rogers at 612-321-6489.

 


2008 Diamond DA40 XLS

A Diamond in the rough! Hard-to-find features of this aircraft include: WAAS, Synthetic Vision and Garmin GFC700 autopilot

This is a wonderful opportunity to get a GREAT airplane into your hangar quickly.

This aircraft was always hangared, and has just 1350 flight hours since new.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Paul Sallach at 702-285-0604.

 


2007 Cessna Turbo T206H Stationair TC

Features include: ADS-B compliance, digital fuel gauges, Stormscope and XM weather & audio.

This fully-loaded aircraft boasts just 415 hours on a factory remanufactured engine! The Turbo 206 is also equipped with GFC700 autopilot.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Paul Sallach at 702-285-0604.

 


2006 Cirrus SR22  GTS-SE Turbo

Get the speed you’ve been looking for in a single engine piston!

Featuring: Tornado Alley turbo normalizing system

This aircraft is a truly unique find. Cirrus only made 50 Signature Edition SR22 aircraft with both Alan & Dale Klapmeier’s signature displayed on the side. This one could be yours!

Transition Training is included in the purchase of this aircraft through Cirrus Embark Program.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Paul Sallach at 702-285-0604.

 


2011 Cessna 162

Features include: Garmin G-300 GPS with AHRS, McCauley Composite Propeller (recently upgraded)

With no known damage history, this recently-inspected aircraft is ready to go!

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Jon Stull at 937-418-4498.

 

Here are the newest aircraft listings at Lone Mountain as of May 18, 2018:

 

2002 Cirrus SR22 G1

2002 Cirrus SR22 G1

Features include: Avidyne IFD 540 Touchscreen WAAS GPS, ADS-B Transponder with Traffic & Weather.

This aircraft, which has always been hangared, just had an annual inspection completed in May 2018.

Transition Training is included in the purchase of this aircraft through Cirrus Embark Program.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Mark Egan at 612-321-6489.


2006 Liberty Aerospace XL-2

2006 Liberty Aerospace XL-2

Features include: Garmin GNS 430 WAAS GPS, FADEC Engine Controls and Vision Microsystems VM-100 Engine Display.

In this fun two-seater you’ll fly at a very economical rate, burning only 5-6 Gallons/hr.

You will receive a custom canopy cover with the purchase of this aircraft.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Mark Egan at 612-321-6489.


2001 Cirrus SR20

2001 Cirrus SR20

Features include: Aspen Evolution Flight Display, Garmin WAAS & ADS-B and Flight Stream 210 Avionics.

Always stored in a hangar, this aircraft is ready to go with only 350 hours since a major engine overhaul was recently completed.

You will receive Transition Training through the Cirrus Embark Program with purchase of this aircraft.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Mark Egan at 612-321-6489.

Mark Rogers, President, Lone Mountain Aircraft

Fourth quarters are typically the most active for aircraft sales and Q4 2017 was no exception, with tax-motivated purchases driving a flurry of year-end sales. December at LMA saw 32 sales with 14 in the last four business days of the year (a special thanks to our rock stars in operations that make this possible)!

First quarters, on the other hand, are typically the slowest for aircraft sales in North American markets, but if the first two months are any indication, 2018 will see another robust year for the industry. Our team is busy with sales and acquisitions, which seems to be a common theme industry-wide.

The new tax law allows for immediate expensing of both new and pre-owned aircraft, providing an incentive tax-motivated buyers to proceed with confidence.

Inventory Values: While our last update reported a slight reduction in inventories, we now have leading indicators pointing to a slight increase in price indexes. Amstat released an update this month indicating a recent uptick in aircraft values. In the Turbo-prop segment, since October 2017, values have increased +3.9%. The Light Jet segment has been more consistent with the average estimated value up +8.2% in the last 12 months. Lead times for new aircraft are starting to lengthen, with several OEM’s now reporting greater than six month lead times on the most popular models.

Whether this represents a short-term blip or a reversal of the decade-long slide in values is yet to be seen, but we are cautiously optimistic for the latter. We are confident in stating that this is the most active aircraft resale market we have experienced in the last decade, and the best opportunity we have seen in as many years for owners considering trading.

Here is a quick look at what else is new:

Current Market Acquisitions: Lone Mountain is currently acquiring a Phenom 100 and late-model Piper Meridian for qualified clients. Let us know if you are considering selling or know of an available aircraft.

Vision Jet Positions: We’ve sold 6 more Vision Jet Positions since our last update and we recently sold our last Jet Position that will deliver in 2018. We still have multiple positions available for 2019 delivery, and Cirrus has a few remaining demonstrator aircraft that will deliver this year. I’ve now had a chance to make five separate flights in a Vision Jet, and I continue to be impressed with how well Cirrus has designed an aircraft that sets the standard for ease of transition. If you haven’t yet had a chance to fly the Vision Jet by Cirrus, call us to make arrangements.

We look forward to hearing from you!   

By: Mark Rogers, Lone Mountain Aircraft President

With five turbine aircraft sold in the last 30 days, we are seeing brisk activity in light jets and single engine turboprops. Light jet inventory is currently the tightest since 2009, with many models now below 10% of the fleet for sale. While good values still exist, the nicest aircraft are moving quickly. After selling two TBM 850’s and three Meridians in the last quarter, we have left over buyers for both models. We also completed a Phenom and Mustang acquisition this quarter. Check in with us for our observations of these markets if you are considering a step-up or sale.   

Here is a quick look at what else is new:

Vision Jet Positions: Vision Jet position market has been quite active. Lone Mountain recently brought Vision Jet Position 61 to market which is the currently the earliest available delivery position. We have five positions available below 90 which should all deliver in 2018. There is still an opportunity to be flying your own SF50 Vision Jet within the next 12 months. Interested in getting some time flying the Vision Jet? Our Atlanta-based agent Daniel Christman has Vision Jet Experience Packages available in N234HS based in Atlanta. Call us for details.   

G5 Cirrus Market: So far in 2017, the Generation 5 Cirrus market segment continues to strengthen with the excitement surrounding the introduction of Generation 6. We are particularly seeing a strengthening of the SR22T-G5 market segment and in all of 2016, 24 units transacted, while we have seen 30 transact thus far this year. Second and third quarter sales of the SR22T-G5 noted a 100% increase in units sold from 2016 to 2017. In the normally aspirated SR22-G5 market segment, units sold have tripled over that what had sold through the first three quarters of 2016, and the average sales price has increased slightly continuing to show the value in that market segment. Units available reflect this as well as historically we see 50% less SR22 G5’s for sale at any given time over SR22T-G5’s.

Cirrus Backlog: Cirrus Aircraft is experiencing their largest backlog of new aircraft orders since 2003, reflecting the success and warm reception of the new Perspective Plus avionics suite. At the time of this writing the wait for a new SR20 or SR22 is nine months, extending out to May 2018. This follows a production rate increase for 2017, and annual price increases since 2012.

We expect a strong market for late model pre-owned aircraft through the rest of 2017. We’ve already sold one 2017 SR22T G6 earlier this year and have a second advertised currently.

We look forward to hearing from you!   

If you haven’t heard the news by now, Cirrus Aircraft has gone another step further in providing safety to its aircraft owners – new and pre-owned. As of this summer, the company launched “Cirrus Embark“, a first-of-its-kind program offering up to three days of training to anyone who buys a Cirrus airplane, including used planes purchased through a private transaction.

The program is a branch of Cirrus Approach, a crucial companion-piece to each Cirrus aircraft produced. Cirrus Approach offers its pilots a menu of courses and classes that are fresh and engaging, keeping pilots current and proficient. As an extension, Cirrus Embark addresses the specific needs of pre-owned Cirrus buyers by providing complimentary, Cirrus-specific, standardized differences and transition training for every licensed pilot who purchases a pre-owned Cirrus aircraft.

“It sounds almost too good to be true, but it is invaluable in terms of safety” said Mark Rogers, Lone Mountain President. “Since Cirrus Approach was launched a few years ago, the Cirrus accident rate is among the best in the industry. Cirrus Embark will help continue to increase pilot safety. I’m excited that our clients will now have have this option with any Cirrus aircraft they purchase.”

As part of the new program, every new pre-owned Cirrus owner receives a login to the Cirrus Approach Learning Portal, a complimentary 1-year membership to the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), a copy of the Cirrus FOM and aircraft POH, a redemption code for the iFOM, and one-on-one Cirrus Transition Training with an authorized Cirrus training provider, tailored to the pilot’s previous experience.

“The training options for pilots are more extensive today than ever before,” said Rogers. “Our team at Lone Mountain is always looking for the best ways to complete recurrent training. In addition to Cirrus Embark, I’ve been very impressed with Textron’s TRU Simulation + Training. We are also proud to have two sales team members that own their own training facilities, Daniel Christman and Paul Sallach.”

Christman owns Aero Atlanta Flight Center in Atlanta, Ga. while Sallach owns All In Aviation in Las Vegas, both Cirrus Platinum Training Centers.

Our team at Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales is excited to announce that our very own, Daniel Christman, is now a jet pilot for the world’s first-ever single-engine personal jet, the Cirrus Vision SF50. Daniel, a Lone Mountain sales representative in Atlanta, Ga., completed his type rating courses on May 26, fully certifying him to operate what is commonly referred to as “The Vision Jet”.

The SF50 is a single-engine, low-wing, seven-seat, light jet aircraft designed to be flown by the owner. Not requiring a full-time professional pilot or a flight department, the Vision Jet is the first civilian single-engine jet to achieve certification with the Federal Aviation Administration. Certified on Oct. 28, 2016, after a 10-year process, the Vision Jet is a revolution in personal transportation and is equipped with the exclusive Cirrus Airframe Parachute System™ (CAPS™), setting a new standard in jet aircraft safety.

As the owner of Aero Atlanta Flight Center, a Cirrus Platinum Training Center in the Atlanta area, Daniel has been involved with Cirrus since November 2003 when he ordered a Cirrus SR20. After his purchase, he received training to become the first Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot as endorsed by the University of North Dakota. Since then, Daniel has been involved with both new and pre-owned sales for the Cirrus SR2X aircraft, first as a factory direct regional sales manager, then on the pre-owned side with Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales.

“The first time I saw the Cirrus SF50, I knew I wanted this to be the first turbine aircraft I flew,” said Daniel. “It was ‘The Jet’ I had been waiting to fly!”

After completing the first two phases of training, which included online learning modules and a two-day touch-trainer course, Daniel set off for the type rating course in Duluth, Minn. Type training is a 10-day course containing four days of ground work and five days of flight, with one off day.

According to Daniel, by the time the flight training rolled around, he was itching to get into the pilot’s seat.

“I’ll never forget the moment I started the turbine engine for the first time,” said Daniel. “The smile I had on my face the first time I hit the ‘Run’ knob did not come off during the entire training process.”

“Having a Type-Rated Vision Jet Pilot on the team is a distinct advantage for our sales team, especially considering that this aircraft is designed to be owner-flown and sold to pilots,” said Mark Rogers, Lone Mountain President.

Congratulations, Daniel! We are proud to have you as a part of the Lone Mountain team as an official Vision Jet pilot.

With the first half of 2017 in the books, it has been an exciting year so far for Lone Mountain Aircraft (LMA). As usual at this time, we are currently busy preparing for the world’s largest aviation event, the EAA Airventure Oshkosh. Kicking off July 23 in Oshkosh, Wis., Lone Mountain will have staff roaming the show grounds all week and will have our usual presence at the Cirrus booth. We hope to see you there!

Here is a quick look at what else is new:    

New Sales Team Member: Gordon Ramsay joined the Lone Mountain team in March of this year and is off to a great start with several sales already. Most recently the Piper Program Manager at Columbia Aircraft Services in Connecticut, Gordon is well-versed in high-performance piston and single-engine turboprop aircraft. As an experienced pilot with over 3,500 hours of flight time and more than 30 years of experience in aircraft sales, he is a great addition to LMA.

New Jet Type Rating: Daniel Christman earned a new jet type rating in June. Go here for more info.

Vision Jet Positions: In addition to continuing to lead the market in SR2X resale, LMA is taking a leadership role in position resale. As we have been predicting for several years, the market for Cirrus Vision Jet positions has matured and become very active now that the type certificate and production certificates have been issued. New Vision Jets are being delivered to customers and many early delivery positions have been sold to eager new owners. We’ve been excited about this new product and even more so now that several of us have time flying it. Give us a call for details on a purchase or sale of a position.

Vision Jet Factory Delivery:
LMA also recently assisted with a factory delivery of a Vision Jet, with our own Mark Stear lending his extensive experience with jet deliveries. We were involved with the delivery of serial #10, and were favorably impressed with the fit, finish and overall quality. New owners are going to love this aircraft! 

Aircraft Financing: Our bank is eager to lend and looking for more aircraft to finance. Lending terms have eased a bit over the last year as banks are competing for deals, and rates are still attractive despite recent moves by the Federal Reserve. Lone Mountain Aircraft Finance has now financed over 100 aircraft since our first aircraft loan in 2013, and we continue to innovate with more unique financing options for our buyers.