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Gordon Ramsay and Daniel Christman, Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales

The fourth quarter was robust across the boards for general aviation aircraft. For the first time in a long time, the aggregate numbers indicate a seller’s market. The marketplace continues to outpace anything we’ve seen in the last decade.

Jet Market

Both the light and mid-size jet markets are performing well. The budding pre-owned Cirrus SF50 market is also finding its stride as new sales continue to mount. Medium jets are strong, and buyers are finding they may have to spend a bit more for a low-time, pristine airplane or it will be snatched up ahead of them. On the other hand, just or near-out-of-production aircraft models are dragging down values of their older siblings as their own value edges downward. A new trend seems to be emerging with more owners keeping their aircraft and running them out, as they have now depreciated them using bonus tax incentives. Sale proceeds will cause a recapture, so some businesses are better off driving planes until they’re retired from service.

Turboprop Market

The turboprop market remains strong to end the year. PC-12s are the high dollar planes in this segment, but the market is price-sensitive. Only 5 percent of PC-12 NGs are available for sale, indicating a healthy demand. Used King Airs offer strong value now, making good demand as inventory slowly shrinks. Twin-turbine operating costs are steering some buyers to the more expensive, but more cost-efficient, single-engine turbines. Average hours flown in the heavy turboprop markets are slowly rising based on increased commercial/charter use in this segment. The TBM markets are hot, with later pre-owned (900/910) models being price-sensitive. Both TBM and Meridian are seller’s markets, each with around 6 percent of the fleet available.

Cirrus Market

Piston markets are active overall, and Cirrus is closing 2018 with a banner year. The fervor is expected to continue into 2019 with much of the year already sold in advance. Late model aircraft of all types are in high demand, and are bringing the money as long as they’re not priced out of the market. There is still a hangover from this being the first seller’s market in a long time. Those buyers who aren’t adapting quickly are missing out on the best aircraft, haggling for lower prices that are no longer available. Factory new aircraft are available in dealer inventory as the year wraps up, but with business depreciation available next year, we have lost a little bit of the end-of-year panic to spend for the write-off.

As markets continue to change, Lone Mountain Aircraft helps clients bring clarity and expertise to their side of the table. We are proud to be one of the preeminent sellers of pre-owned aircraft worldwide and offer both sales and acquisition services for all types of aircraft. Our team would love to be part of the reason behind your next success story in aviation! If you would like to be added to our TBM, Meridian, Phenom 300, Phenom 100 or SF50 quarterly reports, please email us your name and address to info@lonemtn.com.

When Cirrus announced the creation of a single-engine personal jet in 2006, Jay Jolley sent in a deposit check the same day. It took 11 years before the aircraft hit the market, but more than a decade later, Jolley took delivery of the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet and made a historic flight home.

Jolley, a Chattanooga, Tenn. resident, is chairman and part-owner at EMJ Corporation, a general construction services company. Through his role with the company, Jolley travels frequently for business. His father, founder of EMJ Corporation and a pilot himself, was ultimately the reason he got into aviation.

After having a somewhat strained relationship into Jolley’s early teen years, he and his father finally decided what they needed was to work on something together. The two began working on radio control model airplanes to foster a better relationship.

“It gave us a way to share time together, a way to experience problems and solutions and victories and failures,” Jolley said.

The activity bonded them more than either ever expected, and Jolley developed a passion for aviation through the experience. As early as he was able, he began training to fly. He received his pilot’s license in 1977 at the young age of 17.

In 1983, Jolley began working at EMJ Corporation. He achieved his instrument rating in a Bonanza A36 and graduated to twin engines in the Cessna 421 Golden Eagle, both company airplanes. He made his first personal aircraft purchase and began a long tenure with Cirrus in 2003. Over the next 14 years, he would own four Cirrus SR22s, each one a slight upgrade from the last.

That’s how Jolley found Mark Rogers, founder and president of Lone Mountain Aircraft.

“I was introduced to Mark while selling my first SR22. Mark worked very well with me to coordinate the transaction,” said Jolley.

Since then, Jolley has trusted Lone Mountain to sell each of his SR22s.

With the pilot’s 11-year wait for the Vision Jet finally set for December 29, 2017, Jolley sold his most recent aircraft, a 2013 SR22T, in preparation for his new bird: the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet Position 24.

Though the Vision Jet was Jolley’s biggest upgrade yet, it also meant the chance for a 41-year pilot to fly something new, and enhance the way he traveled for business and personal endeavors. Having completed all SF50 training and mentorship before his purchase, he was able to get it off the ground quickly, making history as the very first Vision Jet owner-pilot to solo home.

“That was my most memorable flight,” said Jolley. “When I got in it, it was surreal. To think that I’d spent over a decade waiting for this, and it had actually occurred…I never lost hope in it, but it was a long time to wait.”

Jolley counts the Vision Jet as the best flying experience he’s ever had in a single-pilot operation due to three factors: comfort, speed and safety.

“The pressurization and noise level are superior,” said Jolley. “The speed of the 300-knot aircraft gets me where I want to go quickly. Redundant systems increase the safety factor, and knowing there is a jet engine powering the aircraft multiplies its reliability.”

According to Jolley, there’s not a better aircraft to consider than the Vision Jet.

“It’s a mini-vacation when I’m flying the Vision Jet,” said Jolley. “I can forget everything else and focus on a passion.”

Jolley's Vision Jet, "Miss Grace V"

Jolley’s Vision Jet, “Miss Grace V”

Jolley uses the jet for business and personal travel, often accompanied by some of his most precious cargo: Kelly, his wife of 23 years, and daughter Grace, a junior at Baylor University. Grace is the namesake of not one, but all five of Jolley’s planes. The Vision Jet’s moniker is “Miss Grace V”.

When Jolley isn’t flying airplanes, he’s building them. After completing the build of an AirCam, Jolley recently started in on a Carbon Cub EX2. When he needs a break from airplanes, he heads to the green for a round or two of golf.

After an 11-year wait for the “mini-vacation” that is the Vision Jet, Jolley said he won’t be looking to sell anytime soon.

“When I am ready, the first place I’ll go is to Mark at Lone Mountain,” Jolley said.

Our team of pilots at LMA enjoys helping clients not only buy, but also sell aircraft, handling all the transactions and communications in between. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about the Vision Jet.

For more information on EMJ Corporation, go to EMJCorp.com.

Just over two years old, the world’s first-ever single-engine personal jet is proving major value in the owner-flown space, but experts in the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet are few and far between. The Lone Mountain team is dedicated to not only understanding the Vision Jet on paper, but also in experience. Three LMA team members are now type-rated in the SF50, with plans to continue adding to that number.

“The SF50 is an incredible asset for owner pilots,” said Mark Rogers, Lone Mountain CEO. “We’ve sold a number of positions over the last few years and are already in the process of selling a pre-owned Vision Jet. Our customers deserve the most comprehensive knowledge possible, which is why our sales team continues to get type-rated. Plus, we just enjoy flying it, so it’s a win-win.”

The Vision Jet is designed to be owner-flown. Flight training includes online learning modules and a two-day touch-trainer course, in addition to the 10-day type rating course which combines classroom and training in the full-motion simulator.

Three Pilots Receive SF50 Type Ratings

Atlanta-based sales representative Daniel Christman was the first on the LMA team to receive the type-rating in May of 2017. Previously a Cirrus Regional Sales Director, Daniel has been involved with Cirrus since November 2003.  He manages and flies a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet in Atlanta.

“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!”

Mark Egan took a history-making approach to his type rating, using the full-motion Vision Jet simulator and Part 142 Certification housed in the Cirrus Aircraft Vision Center in Knoxville, Tenn. He became the first-ever simulator trained pilot on July 15, 2018.

The Level D simulator is an exact cockpit replica of a Vision Jet, equipped with Cirrus Perspective Touch Avionics. The full-motion Level D flight simulator is built by a leading simulator and flight training device provider, CAE Inc.  

With the type-rating, Mark can speak firsthand of the aircraft’s performance and features to potential Vision Jet owners. Mark also manages and flies a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet in Knoxville.  

Paul Sallach, who has been with LMA since 2009, was the latest to complete his type-rating, becoming an official Vision Jet pilot in early November. Paul will soon be managing two SF50 Vision Jets in Las Vegas, and is now offering Vision Jet experiences for pilots looking to get their hands on the controls. According to Paul, he is excited to help LMA clients decide if the Vision Jet is right for them.

Why the Vision Jet?

“The Vision Jet is for a businessperson who is trying to get deals done in regional locations, or people who want to get away without the hassle of commercial travel,” said Paul. “It’s a type of freedom that most people don’t even realize exists.”

With several Vision Jet positions still available as well as two pre-owned SF5os in inventory, the LMA team has the know-how to get the aircraft into clients’ hands. The accessibility for potential owners to talk to someone who has first-hand experience with the Vision Jet is invaluable.

The Lone Mountain Vision Jet team is uniquely qualified to offer the highest level of service with a purchase or sale of a Cirrus SF50, with demonstration flights, convenient delivery and repositioning flights, and continued pilot services.

The Vision Jet is a market that is steadily growing, and LMA is poised to help clients make the transition to turbine life as smoothly as possible.

Call or email Lone Mountain to find out more about pre-owned and new Vision Jet listings.

Take a look at a few of our newest aircraft listings at Lone Mountain as of December 12, 2018:

Turbine

2011 Hawker - N977HG

2011 Hawker

Features include: ADSB-Out compliant with WAAS/LPV, Engines and APU on MSP Gold, Belted lavatory and observer seat, 2016 Paint and interior

Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales is proud to present this beautiful Hawker with amenities including Wifi, entertainment system, microwave and airshow.

Financing is available and all trades are welcome!

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Spencer Bain at 630-414-1293.

 


N45FF - 2006 Piper PA46-500TP

2006 Piper PA46-500TP

Features include: Garmin G950 3 Screen Panel Upgrade in 2014; Low total time (970 hours since new), Piper Service Center-Maintained

Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales is proud to offer a great reason to upgrade to the jet world with this affordable and well-maintained PA46-500TP.

Financing is available and all trades are welcome!

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Spencer Bain at 630-414-1293.

 


ZP-BRN - 2006 Pilatus PC12/47

2006 Pilatus PC12/47

Features include: Low Total Time (100 Hours Since Hot Section), CAMP Maintenance Tracking, Additonal Vapor Cycle Cooling System (VCCS)

Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales is proud to offer a great reason to upgrade to the jet world with this affordable and well-maintained PA46-500TP.

Low rates and flexible term financing is available. We can’t wait to talk to you about owning this beautiful PC12/47!

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Mike Grana at 317-514-8896.

 

 

Piston


N96AT - 2018 Cirrus SR22 G6 GTS

2018 Cirrus SR22 G6 GTS

Features include: Perspective+ Avionics with QWERTY keyboard, SPECTRA wingtip lights, Flightstream 210/510, keyless entry, Global Connect Satellite Phone & Text Messaging, Air Conditioning, EVS Camera

This plane has a 1250-pound useful load & 185 knot average cruise speed, making the performance capability unmatched! 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.

 


N331ED - 2017 Cirrus SR22 G6 GTS

2017 Cirrus SR22 G6 GTS

Features include: Perspective+ Avionics with QWERTY keyboard, built-in oxygen, composite propeller, SPECTRA wingtip lights, Flightstream 210/510, keyless entry, battery minder, Air Conditioning, EVS Camera

This aircraft is covered under a 5-year spinner to tail warranty, and transition Training is included in your purchase through Cirrus Embark Program.

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

 


N822VT - 2016 Cirrus SR22T G5 GTS

2016 Cirrus SR22T G5 GTS

Features include: Satellite phone, rare Rhodium exterior/interior combinations, 2016 upgrades including Keyless entry and positive door latches, Flightstream 210 connectivity, Bluetooth audio panel, cell phone pockets for the crew

This always-hangared aircraft is covered under a 5 year spinner to tail warranty. At 200 hours, it is just barely broken in, and ready to fly into your hangar – plus, you’ll receive Transition Training with this purchase.

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

Mark Egan at 612-321-6489.

 


See more newly-listed piston and turbine aircraft at lonemountainaircraft.com.

 

 

In the month of October, Lone Mountain Aircraft closed on 14 aircraft transactions for 14 happy owners. We connected these owners with 12 Cirrus and 1 Piper aircraft. The aircraft that were sold are below:

2017 Cirrus SR22 G6 GTS

2017 Cirrus SR22 G6 GTS

2015 Cirrus SR22 G5 GTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Cirrus SR22T G5

2015 Cirrus SR22T G5

2014 Cirrus SR22 G5 GTS

2014 Cirrus SR22 G5 GTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Cirrus SR20 G3

2014 Cirrus SR20 G3

2010 Cirrus SR22 G3 GTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 CIrrus SR22 G3 GTS Turbo

2008 Cirrus SR22 G3 GTS Turbo

2000 Piper Seneca V

2000 Piper Seneca V

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

2007 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

2006 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

2006 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

2005 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

2005 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

2005 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003 Cirrus SR22

 

Not pictured: 2005 Cirrus SR22

We are excited to connect more owners to aircraft throughout the month of November! Click to see our turbine and piston listings at LoneMountainAircraft.com.

 

Here are the newest aircraft listings at Lone Mountain as of October 26, 2018:

 

Features include: Spinner to Tail Warranty good through 2022; Air Conditioning; Flight Into Known Icing

This beautiful, like-new G6 has only 120 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 Mark Rogers at 937-689-6586.

 


N2FP - 2014 Cirrus SR22 G5 GTS

2014 Cirrus SR22 G5 GTS

Features include: Xi Edition; Flight Into Known Icing; Air Conditioning; No Damage History

This professionally-flown aircraft has only had one owner, and was always maintained by a Cirrus Authorized Service Center. 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.

 


N108LC - 2013 Cirrus SR22T G5 GTS

2013 Cirrus SR22T G5 GTS

Features include: 200-pound additional useful load; Turbo & Air Conditioning; Flight Into Known Icing; Enhanced Vision System Camera; Enhanced Stability Protection

With a one-of-a-kind carbon yellow paint scheme, this aircraft will make you stand out! 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.

 


N306BZ - 2014 Cirrus SR20 G3

2014 Cirrus SR20 G3

Features include: Garmin Perspective Avionics; Factory Air-Conditioning; GFC 700 Autopilot with ESP; Enhanced Vision System Camera

Take advantage of this aircraft’s five-year spinner to tail warranty through May 2019. 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.

 


N828DT - 2005 Cirrus SR22 G2

2005 Cirrus SR22 G2

Features include: Dual WAAS Garmin GNS 430s; Garmin GTX 345 ADS-B Transponder; Avidyne DFC 90 Digital Autopilot; Semi-Portable Oxygen; No Damage History

This newly-upgraded, always-hangared aircraft includes Transition Training in the purchase through Cirrus Embark Program.

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

 


N853LB - 2004 Cirrus SR20 G2

2004 Cirrus SR20 G2

Features include: Dual WAAS 430’s; Avidyne DFC 90 Autopilot; Flight Stream 210; Active Traffic and XM Weather; Avidyne Glass Cockpit

There are only 145 hours on this aircraft since it underwent a CMI Factory Remanufacturing Engine and Propeller overhaul. This aircraft also includes Transition Training in the purchase through Cirrus Embark Program.

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

 

Spencer Bain and Mark Egan, Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales

While the fourth quarter traditionally brings the most activity in terms of preflown aircraft transactions, we witnessed a colossal absorption of late-model inventory in the first quarter of 2018. The result as we head into Q4 has been a bifurcation of many aircraft models, meaning most aircraft on the market are either like-new or on the other end of the spectrum – well outside manufacturer’s warranty and possibly near a major maintenance event.

This means clear skies and improving pricing for sellers inside that void as buyers seek planes that aren’t new, but not too old; that have a few blemishes, but aren’t in need of a new interior; that have time on the engine(s), but aren’t near overhaul. These buyers are having a much harder time finding a plane that is “just right” for their trips skyward.

Jet Market: We are seeing the lowest percentage (9.1) of the business jet fleet for sale in this century – since 1998 in fact. Light jets are the strongest segment with 10.7 percent of the total fleet available for sale. The newer segment within that fleet (less than 10 years old) represents only 5.6 percent for sale today. Ask prices within that segment are up – that’s right, up – 4.8 percent year-to-date.

Turboprop Market: The turboprop market currently has 7.2 percent of the fleet for sale. This represents the lowest percentage in the category’s history. The asking price for newer aircraft is up 11.1 percent year-to-date. Mid-age turbos (11-20 years) have an average asking price up 4.4 percent. Waning years, however, are still seeing a pricing slide.

Cirrus Market: Similar to this time last year, Cirrus Aircraft is experiencing their longest backlog of new aircraft, now taking orders for mid-year 2019 with the exception of a few remaining factory demonstrator aircraft available. This, along with the current market premium for all pre-owned G6 aircraft, supports the popularity of the G6 aircraft with Nxi Avionics.

Market ReportsPre-owned Cirrus inventory has consistently been down since the beginning of the year by almost 13 percent compared to the average in the last five years. This has not slowed down sales, with the total number of transactions 11 percent higher than at this time in 2017. We are also pleased to report that average sales prices are up just over 6 percent since this time in 2017. With those data points in mind as we head into what has historically been the strongest quarter of the year, makes for a great time to consider planning your upgrade to your next airplane.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Lone Mountain for a more in-depth market analysis. To be added to our TBM, Meridian or Phenom 100 quarterly reports, email your name and address to info@lonemtn.com.

LMA Ten Year AnniversaryTen years ago this October, LMA opened its doors for the first time with a vision to become an invaluable resource for pilots throughout their aircraft ownership experience.

Today, the company has served over 1,500 clients and has grown its staff to 27, operating out of five cities around the country.

Take a look at some of the significant events that have helped shape Lone Mountain Aircraft over the years:

 

2008

Pilot and President Mark Rogers establishes Lone Mountain Aircraft – a company built by pilots for pilots.

LMA is named a Cirrus Authorized Reseller and begins its mission to come alongside pilots during transactions, training and ownership.

Mark begins recruiting exceptional talent including Atlanta-based Daniel Christman, a former factory direct Sales Representative for Cirrus.

2009

Lone Mountain is the highest volume Cirrus Reseller in 2009.

Paul Sallach, former corporate demo pilot for Cirrus Aircraft, joins LMA, based out of Las Vegas. He enables LMA to expand their services for owner-operators with his international flying experience and strong product knowledge.    

Lone Mountain begins serving customers in the turboprop and light jet space, recording its first turboprop transaction, a Piper Meridian purchased for inventory.   

2010

Another talented pilot and team member is found in Jon Stull, who is brought on for his experience in serving clients in Legacy aircraft. Lone Mountain completes several additional turbine aircraft sales, including international transactions.

Former Cirrus Aircraft demo pilot, Dave Niles, comes aboard the Lone Mountain team with commercial, instrument, single and multi-land pilot experience and over 2,000 flight hours.

2011

Lone Mountain hires Kevin Gregor as Controller. His position soon evolves into much more as he begins taking the lead in providing finance opportunities for clients.

2012

The Lone Mountain Aircraft Maintenance Facility opens its doors at the Warren County Airport, Ohio in order to better serve clients.

Ryan Yenger joins the team as the Director of Maintenance, bringing decades of aircraft maintenance experience.   

2013

At five years old, Lone Mountain sells its 500th aircraft. Lone Mountain Aircraft Finance is launched and completes its first finance deal.

Cirrus continues development of the Vision Jet, and Lone Mountain helps many clients acquire or sell Vision Jet Positions.

2014

Mark Egan joins the Lone Mountain team, bringing with him a decade of Cirrus experience, managing the Preowned Sales Program and working in the Flight Operations Department.

2015

LMA’s First Jet is purchased for inventory – a Cessna Citation. This acquisition expands LMA’s abilities as they serve jet customers with finance, acquisition, and management

2016

Another sales team member is added as Mike Grana joins Lone Mountain’s staff with a vast knowledge of turboprops.

2017

Lone Mountain Aircraft Maintenance makes a significant step forward in their ability to serve pilots by becoming an official Cirrus Authorized Service Center, one of only five in the state of Ohio.

Daniel Christman becomes one of the first pilots type rated in the SF50 Vision Jet.

Lone Mountain expands its team by adding two new members. Gordon Ramsay joins the sales team, bringing with him invaluable experience in TBM and Piper aircraft and Jordan Sok is hired as Marketing Director.

In just three years since reaching the halfway mark, Lone Mountain records its 1000th plane sale. It continues to lead Cirrus resales, recording nine consecutive years as highest volume Cirrus reseller.

LMA Finance closes 49 aircraft loans in 2017.   

2018

Though not over yet, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for LMA:

The business has opened Lone Mountain Flight Training in Lebanon, Ohio – a Cirrus Authorized Training Center (CTC).

A Flight Level Components shop is established and launched.

Sales team member Mark Egan became the first pilot to receive SF-50 type rating in a Vision Jet simulator, further expanding LMA’s service ability to owners and operators.

 

From the entire team at Lone Mountain, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your aircraft ownership experience throughout the years! We look forward to many more to come.

Lone Mountain Aircraft sales representative, Mark Egan, made history on Wednesday, July 15, as the very first pilot to receive a Cirrus Vision Jet SF-50 Type Rating in the new Cirrus simulator and Part 142 Certification.

The Vision Jet is the world’s first single-engine Personal Jet to receive FAA certification.

Cirrus’ Aircraft Vision Center in Knoxville, Tenn. is home to the full-motion Vision Jet simulator that Egan used to complete his type rating. The Level D simulator is an exact cockpit replica of a Vision Jet, equipped with Cirrus Perspective Touch Avionics. The full-motion Level D flight simulator is built by the world’s leading simulator and flight training device provider, CAE Inc.

Egan, who has been in the aircraft industry for nearly two decades, operates out of Knoxville, Tenn., where the Cirrus Aircraft Vision Center and simulator are located.

His experience with Cirrus – both in sales and in-flight instruction – makes him a perfect candidate to be the Vision simulator’s first patron.

Egan is a certified Platinum Cirrus Instructor with over 5,000 hours in various Cirrus Aircraft. Prior to Joining the Lone Mountain team, he spent nine years of his career at the Cirrus Aircraft Headquarters in Duluth, Minn.

The type rating will allow Mark to do more for Lone Mountain clients by being able to speak first hand of the aircraft’s performance and features, as well as provide demonstration or delivery flights.

He received kudos for his accomplishment at the Cirrus Kickoff Party at EAA AirVenture’s annual event in Oshkosh.

Congrats, Mark! We are proud to have you on the Lone Mountain Aircraft team!

In Lone Mountain’s decade of existence, we have watched a countless number of pilots’ personal and business-lives thrive due to aircraft ownership. But perhaps one of the most inspiring aspects of ownership is when a pilot is able to use his or her aircraft for the good of someone else. Whether it’s a call from a friend in the middle of the night with a family emergency, or partnering with a nonprofit to fly a sick child to a surgery, aircraft owners today have a countless number of ways they can use their aircraft for a greater purpose.

That’s why, in celebration of our 10th anniversary this October, we are launching a Flying for Good initiative that challenges pilots to use their aircraft to benefit someone else throughout our anniversary year.

Beginning this October and ending in October of 2019, the Flying for Good initiative is the manifestation of LMA’s desire to use our assets – planes, pilots and aircraft expertise – to benefit others. Our team is kicking off the celebration by committing to fly 10 missions in the month of October.

And we want you to join us.

For the first 10 friends of Lone Mountain to complete a Flying for Good mission with a charitable organization, we will donate $1,000 to that organization.

Some organizations that qualify for the LMA Flying for Good donation include, but are not limited to: Angel Flight, Veterans Airlift Command, Honor Flight, Pilots N Paws and Wings of Hope. These organizations facilitate domestic and global transport for hospital visits, special needs opportunities, humanitarian aid, and animal rescue, among other causes.

Register to be a part of the movement at LoneMountainAircraft.com/FlyingForGood.

We will be updating this page with stories of LMA clients and friends who are Flying for Good throughout the year. You can also find a full list of approved organizations and descriptions here.

It would be an honor to have you join us in our celebration of our 10th anniversary year by Flying For Good.

Find out more at LoneMountainAircraft.com/FlyingForGood.

Here are the newest aircraft listings at Lone Mountain as of September 19, 2018:

Turbine

1979 Cessna 5011979 Cessna 501

Features include: Eagle II Conversion with Williams FJ44-2A Engines, 1800nm VFR range, FL430 Ceiling, 380+ knot cruise, Tap Elite

This beautiful aircraft has increased fuel capacity with Eagle Mod and is RVSM and WAAS LPV equipped.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Mark Rogers at 937-689-6586.

 

Features include: Rhodium Appearance Package, Perspective+ Avionics Cockpit, All Digital 4-in 1-Standby Instrument, Enhanced Stability Protection (ESP), Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT), Enhanced Vision System (EVS), FIKI, Air Conditioning, Remote Keyless Entry, Upgraded Starter

This like-new plane comes with a 5-year Spinner to Tail Warranty through January 2022! 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 937-689-6586.

 


2017 Cirrus SR22 G6

2017 Cirrus SR22 G6

Features include: Perspective+ Avionics Cockpit, Enhanced Stability Protection (ESP), Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT), Yaw Damper, Air Conditioning, tubeless tires, Beringer brakes

This practically-new aircraft is covered under the Spinner to Tail Warranty through July 2022! 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.

 


2016 Cirrus SR22T G5 GTS

2016 Cirrus SR22T G5 GTS

Features include: Cirrus Global Connect, All Digital 4-in 1-Standby Instrument, Enhanced Stability Protection(ESP), Synthetic Vision Technology(SVT), Enhanced Vision System (EVS), FIKI, Air Conditioning, tubeless tires, Beringer brakes

This plane boasts worry-free ownership, covered under the Spinner to Tail Warranty through July 2021! 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.

 


2016 Cirrus SR22 G5 GTS

2016 Cirrus SR22 G5 GTS

Features include: Rhodium Edition, remote keyless entry system, Positive Door Latching system, interior and exterior ambient convenience lighting system, Rhodium Obsidian Black Premium Leather interior, bolstered seating, Alcantara accents

Connect wirelessly in this aircraft via Bluetooth to the Garmin Perspective Avionics for ease of transferring flight plans, viewing real-time weather and audio features from your tablet or phone. 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.

 


2015 Cirrus SR22 G5 GTS

2015 Cirrus SR22 G5 GTS

Features include: Enhanced Stability Protection (ESP), Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT), Enhanced Vision System (EVS), FIKI, Air Conditioning, Tubeless Tires, Beringer Brakes, upgraded with Platinum Appearance Package

This one owner, always hangared aircraft includes Transition Training in the purchase through Cirrus Embark Program.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Mark Rogers at 937-689-6586.

 

Features include: Brand new custom orange, gray, and black paint scheme, FIKI, Air Conditioning, 60/40 Split Rear Seating, Garmin GFC700 Autopilot with Enhanced Stability Protection

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 937-689-6586.

 


2012 Tecnam P92 Eaglet

Features include: Advanced Flight EFIS, Two-Axis Autopilot, ADS-B Weather and Traffic, Angle of Attack Indicator

This aircraft was always hangared, with no damage history on record.

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

 


2006 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

Features include: Custom Graphics, loaded with All Options including Factory Air Conditining, Dual Avidyne IFD 440 WAAS GPS’s, ADS-B out compliant

This always-hangared aircraft includes Transition Training in the purchase through Cirrus Embark Program.

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

 


2002 Cirrus SR22 G1

Features include: ADS-B Transponder, Traffic and Weather via Bluetooth, virtually brand new engine and propeller

This aircraft had its annual inspection completed in December 2017. Transition Training is included in the purchase of this aircraft through Cirrus Embark Program.

To inquire about this aircraft, click here or call Dave Niles at 248-924-7280.

 

In the month of August, Lone Mountain Aircraft was able to connect 20 owners to the right aircraft. This ties our best month to date in the 10 year history of Lone Mountain. We found owners for 17 Cirrus, 2 Cessna and 1 Piper aircraft. The aircraft that were sold are below:

Not pictured:

  • 2011 Cirrus SR20
  • 2007 Cirrus SR20
  • 2011 Cessna T182T

We are excited to connect more owners to aircraft throughout the rest of September! Click to see our turbine and piston listings at LoneMountainAircraft.com.

Here are the newest aircraft listings at Lone Mountain as of August 17, 2018:

 

2015 Cirrus SR22T G5

2015 Cirrus SR22T G5

Features include: Air Conditioning, FIKI & Turbo, Spinner to Tail warranty thru September 2020, Berringer brakes & tubeless tires, 1093-pound useful load

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.

 


2007 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

2007 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

Features include: Garmin GTN 750/650 Touchscreen Controllers, Flight Stream 510 Wireless Connectivity, Avidyne DFC90 Digital Autopilot, CIES Digital Fuel Gauges, LED Lighting.

This plane was recently upgraded and totally repainted in April 2017! 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 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

2006 Cirrus SR22 G2 GTS

Features include: Avidyne DFC90 Autopilot, GTS Loaded with Options, thorough cleaning inside and out

This aircraft has had just one owner since new and has always been hangared. 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.

 

Features include: Air conditioned, one-of-a-kind exterior graphic design, recent engine overhaul, all GTS options, semi-portable O2, service center

maintained.

This always-hangared airplane has no damage history on record. 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.

 


2001 Cessna Stationair T206H

2001 Cessna Stationair T206H

Features include: Dual Garmin G5 Flight Displays, Touchscreen Garmin GTN 750 WAAS GPS/NAV/COM, Garmin 660 Aera

This aircraft was always stored in a hangar, and logs are available upon request. Wheel pants are also included in the purchase.

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

 

 

Here are the newest aircraft listings at Lone Mountain as of August 6, 2018:

 

Features include: Perspective+ avionics with QWERTY keyboard, SPECTRA wingtip lights, Flightstream 210/510, keyless entry, Global Connect Satellite Phone & Text Messaging, Air Conditioning, EVS Camera

This G6 is available for  immediate sale and delivery. 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.

 


2008 Cirrus SR22 G3 GTS

2008 Cirrus SR22 G3 GTS

Featuring: CEIS Digital Fuel Gauges, Composite Propeller, Cirrus Perspective Avionics Suite

This aircraft was always hangared and has no recorded damage history. 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.

 

The month of July was a busy one Lone Mountain Aircraft. Amongst attending EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. with over half a million aviation fans and 10,000 aircraft, we also completed 7 sales here on the home front. We sold 5 Cirrus, 1 Cessna, and 1 truly unique Flight Design aircraft. The aircraft that were sold are below:

We are excited for the month of August! Click to see our turbine and piston listings at LoneMountainAircraft.com.

Here are the newest aircraft listings at Lone Mountain as of July 23, 2018:

 

Features include: Aspen EFD 1000 Primary Flight Display, Garmin GNS 530 WAAS GPS, Garmin GTX 345 ADS-B Transponder, and more!

This aircraft was always stored in a hangar, with complete logs are available upon request. Annual inspection was completed in March 2018.

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

 


2008 CIrrus SR22 G3 GTS Turbo

2008 Cirrus SR22 G3 GTS Turbo

Featuring: Recent parachute repack, annual inspection completion February of 2018, 10-year firewall-forward Tornado Alley Turbo items completed during the annual.

6 new cylinders installed were installed just 200 hours ago. All logbooks are complete and available. Aircraft Registration will be changed to N612MT prior to or at the time of sale.

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.

 


2016 Cirrus SR22T G5 GTS

2016 Cirrus SR22T G5 GTS

Features include: Carbon appearance package featuring Athens blue, Snow white & Tuscan tan leather interior; Global Connect satellite phone & text messaging.

The 2016 upgrades over other Generation 5 aircraft are significant, including keyless entry & positive door latches, Flightstream 210 connectivity, Bluetooth audio panel, and cell phone pockets for the crew.

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 SR20 G2 GTS

2006 Cirrus SR20 G2 GTS

Featuring: Avidyne Entegra flight deck including: Avidyne PFD, MFD, Dual Garmin 430’s, STec 55X Autopilot with Altitude Preselect, Active Traffic, Active Lightning Detection

This nice little SR20 GTS also boasts XM Weather and Audio along with StormScope and CMAX Approach Charts.

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.

Mark Rogers, President, Lone Mountain Aircraft

As we wrap up a record Q2 for sales at LMA, we are seeing continued optimism in the light aircraft markets. JetNet IQ just released a survey in late June showing most business aircraft operators believe the current market cycle is past the low point. Our own sales experience over the last quarter jives with this sentiment, as our units sold were a record 46 sales for the quarter. Inventories of some of the most popular models of aircraft are now at a third of the inventory of this time last year. The shrinking inventory has us returning to international markets again to find acquisition opportunities.

Contributing to the increased sales activity is the strong appetite of aircraft finance lenders for new loans. Lone Mountain Aircraft Finance has new finance offerings and competitive rates, and is proving to be a valuable resource for our clients.

Beginning in May of this year, Lone Mountain began a new model for providing detailed market data to aircraft owners. The model has been well received, and we are expanding this offering to all owners of turboprops and light jets. If you are an aircraft owner and interested in receiving our market reports, you can sign up on our website or via email at info@lonemtn.com.

Here is a quick look at what else is new:

Current Market Acquisitions: Lone Mountain is currently acquiring a King Air 350i, Phenom 100, Phenom 300, and Piper Meridian or M500 for qualified clients. Please let us know if you are considering selling or know of an available aircraft.

Vision Jet Positions: We have sold four more Vision Jet positions in Q2 of 2018 and are now selling positions that deliver in 2019. We have positions delivering as early as Q3 of 2019 with three delivery positions remaining for next year. Cirrus just delivered Vision Jet serial #54, and pilots are reporting a great customer experience and support from Cirrus. We expect Cirrus to build a total of 50 Vision Jets in 2018 and approximately 65 in 2019. On the training front, the first type-rating class offered at the new Vision Training Center in Knoxville will be held in July 2018 as training moves from In-Aircraft to simulator-based training.

Contact us today to learn more!   

The first official month of summer was sizzling at Lone Mountain Aircraft! In June, we completed 15 sales and 16 total transactions! We found buyers for 11 Cirrus, 1 Beechcraft, 2 Cessna, 1 Diamond and 1 Piper aircraft. The aircraft that were sold are below:

Other Lone Mountain transactions in June:

  • 2004 Mooney M20R N10469 s/n 29-0336 (trade-in, sold the same day)

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

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

The number of Americans traveling via commercial airlines each year may be increasing rapidly, but the aviation industry has a problem on the horizon: a shortage of pilots. Boeing recently conducted its Pilot and Technician Outlook for the years 2017-2036, and its findings are astonishing.

In addition to 800,000 cabin crew and 600,000 maintenance technicians, the study projected that the aviation field will need more than half a million new commercial airline pilots to fly the new airplanes entering the world fleet over the next 20 years.

TuskegeeNextTuskegee Next is seeking to prepare a few of those pilots from the ground up – literally and metaphorically. Providing an intense, eight-week aviation course that allows graduates to receive a pilot’s license, the organization is doing more than helping solve the pilot shortage. It’s giving its cadets an opportunity to legally operate an aircraft before most even have a driver’s license.

The idea came from Steve Davis, chairman of the DuPage County Airport Authority Board in Chicago. With a large population of youth living in poverty in his Chicagoland area, Davis wondered how he could provide opportunities for African American teens. He wanted to reconcile the problems he saw within his community with the growing need for careers in the skies.

He took a cue from the Tuskegee Airmen of the World War II era to develop his solution.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first group of African Americans trained to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The nearly 1,000 Airmen flew in pursuit squadrons on overseas missions from 1941-1946. Despite continuing segregation and racism, the group became one of the most highly awarded fighter groups of World War II.

Honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, Davis founded Tuskegee Next. Its mission: to “transform the lives of at risk youth through aviation education and career path opportunities, so they can transform their communities.”

The program, which provides models for flight training, life skills, and educational assistance, empowers graduates with purpose. Cadets are able to “soar into the future” with careers as pilots or professionals within the aviation industry. They are transforming their lives, the skies and their communities.

Tuskegee Next has 22 graduates so far, but is aiming higher. Its goal is to have graduated 100 pilots by 2025.

Through strategic partnerships and sponsorships, Tuskegee Next is providing funding for every cadet in the program. Donations can be made at TuskegeeNext.org/donate.

Learn more about Tuskegee Next by visiting TuskegeeNext.org.

 

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.

By: Gordon Ramsay, Aircraft Sales

I have a cousin who’s a plumber. Jon. This guy knows almost everything there is to know about plumbing, joints, leaks, soldering; I mean he’s good. Occasionally I try to repair a minor plumbing problem at our house and it usually ends with some unsightly stains on our kitchen ceiling. Jon makes it look easy to fix those things. It’s what he does.

As good as Jon is at plumbing, I’m not going to call on him to perform my next hip surgery, nor would I call my doctor to help fix my shower drain. Stay with me, this analogy is getting somewhere.

Unfortunately in aviation lately, there seems to be more instances of non-aviation sales professionals acting on someone’s behalf in the purchase or sale of an airplane.

These individuals include mechanics and certified flight instructors. Some are also professional pilots. The ones I have met in my dealings are consummate professionals in their respective fields. The instructors have an incredible depth of aircraft systems knowledge, the mechanics are great wrenches, and the pilots are great sticks. They are much more proficient in those areas than I could hope to be lacking their decades of hands-on experience.

This role-expansion is causing more problems than it seems to be solving. Why is that? If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you’ve hired an amateur.

My friend who is a professional flight instructor is one of the best out there – hands down. The people I refer to him speak very positively of their experiences. Recently we’ve been working in aircraft deals together where he has been hired to negotiate on behalf of a purchaser for an aircraft I have for sale. Some of these transactions succeed, but one such trade recently fell apart during this process. My friend was acting on partial and speculative market data, and I believe this turned out to the disadvantage of his client. Both buyer and seller missed what I think was a very sound deal.

Well intended individuals are giving opinions of the current market value of aircraft, and also providing recommendations on offers and negotiations. The problem is this is not their area of expertise.

They may not even have as much experience as you, the reader, with negotiation. They may have downloaded the latest bluebook software and are using partial, historical data at best to provide incomplete market information to you, the buyer. It’s like trying to make a recipe with only the ingredients list…could be very hit or miss.

The general aviation market is changing at a very fluid rate. Some markets change weekly. Some markets vary widely in demand from older vintage to more recent models. It’s not always rational either. It takes constant exposure in these markets to remain fluent. It can’t be done based on a generic formula you can apply to the whole marketplace, as wonderful as that might be if it were true. 

A flight instructor is a wealth of aircraft/systems knowledge and guidance. He or she need not be a great negotiator, nor must they be a sales expert. He or she should know the latest accident/incident reports, and those findings should be incorporated into their training material.

Though they have flown airplanes old and new, they may not appreciate the changes in demand from a 1998 model to a 2013 model. They may not know the actual dollar value of a strong maintenance history versus a mediocre maintenance history. They may not know the difference in value between a repair using factory new parts at a top notch repair station versus a repair that was done to minimum criterion by a shade tree mechanic. These things are very hard to quantify and they can get lost in the analysis.

Additionally, a buyer’s or seller’s emotions can derail a transaction if not managed judiciously from the beginning. When a few of these factors come into play, a good transaction can be jeopardized, especially when it’s not being handled by a seasoned professional.

Here’s how you can ensure your chances of finding and purchasing the right airplane at the best price:

  1. Hire someone to do what they are best at doing. If it’s an instructor, hire them to instruct. If it’s a maintenance facility, hire them for maintenance. If it’s acting as an acquisition agent, hire them for acquisition. Please, don’t use a great maintenance guy or instructor as a mediocre acquisition or sales agent. They may persuade you on it for a reasonable fee, but it usually will cost you more in the end. You may move through a couple of failed deals learning the hard way, and end up settling on an inferior aircraft when you’ve missed the best candidates.
  2. If you don’t know, ask. Get references if you’re thinking of contracting with someone and you have questions. Talk to some of their clients who have had similar transactions to yours.
  3. Don’t make it harder than it is. With a good acquisition agent or aircraft dealer, you may not need to bring in a contracted professional for every aspect of the transaction. Often, these agents will have a great network of pre-existing trustworthy relationships, from escrow agents to ferry pilots, that will serve you well. If you know them to be trustworthy, rely on the guidance they give you and don’t let your emotions or pride take over and jeopardize the deal. Many deals stall hundreds of dollars apart because the parties get their eye off the ball and dig in just when a good purchase is about to happen.
  4. Negotiate in good faith. Chances are if you’re looking to take unfair advantage of someone and steal their plane from them at an unfair price, you will end up with a lost opportunity or a bad purchase because you ran after the lowest price. In my experience, the best deals are when both buyer and seller are stretching a bit farther than they think they can. If you see that happening, press on.
  5. Avoid a conflict of interest. If a seller is also seeking to act as the pre purchase inspection facility, perhaps you should consider a nearby third party inspection facility in neutral territory. At very least have your mechanic step in and oversee the inspection at the seller’s facility. If your inspection facility also happens to have comparable aircraft for sale, they may have a conflict and be biased to discredit any other aircraft, no matter how good it is, in order to sell you their own.
  6. Follow your nose. If you smell a rat, it’s probably a rat. There are, sadly, a few unsavory characters in the Aviation Sales business, and they are skilled at developing your trust and confidence. A few well placed inquiries on your part can go a long way. Deal with someone you know firsthand or someone with a solid industry reputation.

About Gordon:

Aircraft sales veteran Gordon Ramsay has joined the sales team at Lone Mountain Aircraft. Gordon was formerly the Piper Program Manager at Columbia Aircraft Sales. Gordon brings over three decades of aircraft sales experience to the team having started in aircraft sales at the age of 16 years old. He is an experienced pilot with Single and Multi-Engine IFR ratings. He is qualified in the TBM, Piper Mirage and Meridian, and has experience flying most piston aircraft.

Gordon will continue to be based near Hartford, CT. at the Salmon River Airfield where he lives with his family.

With an over three decade career selling new turbine-aircraft, Mark Molloy was encountering a common conundrum – clients desired a newer, more capable aircraft, but as financially prudent businessmen, they were unable to justify the expense in relation to their usage requirements. Many explored options like chartering or owning on a fractional model, but those models also reduced access, increased depreciation, and came at a higher cost.

While partnerships offered the strongest financial path, Molloy observed most ended poorly due to complications, risks and entanglements making many clients hesitant to enter one. Not to mention that finding a partner was much easier said than done. Most would-be partners want someone else to buy the airplane, so they can use it at the “great-uncle” rate.

Molloy set out to solve those issues with longtime friend and aviation marketing veteran Tom Bertels, the genesis of which became Partners In Aviation (PIA). Today, PIA offers a structured program that offers the financial advantages of a partnership with the independence, and peace of mind, that come with sole ownership.

“This is not a partnership, structurally or legally. This is managed co-ownership,” said Molloy. “Our customers fly 100 to 150 hour per year, some more, some less. Because the program is limited to two owner/ operators with a structure that incentivizes good behavior, access is comparable to sole-ownership. You fly your aircraft, on your schedule, but at half the cost.”

PIA offers a comprehensive, well-researched co-ownership agreement that differs from a partnership in four key areas — how it’s owned, how it’s shared, options for exit, and protection from default. It is designed to attract those who can afford the whole aircraft, but who would rather not. The agreements encompass the entire relationship in detail — from program entry to exit.

The company’s strategic partners include some of the best known names in aviation tax and law, as well as maintenance and management. Each match is tailored to the requirements of the owner, including the airplane, base, and crew requirements. PIA counsels, but the client chooses.

“When buying an airplane, it just makes sense to have industry experts on your side of the table,” said Molloy. “We have partnered with the strongest players in the industry, with a reputation for integrity to assist here. Lone Mountain more than meets that definition. They are an integral part of what we offer. Our core competencies compliment each other, allowing us to provide a whole new solution to our customers.”

The model also provides a scheduling system, designed around predetermined control and incentivized access, that allows coowners to have unparalleled aircraft access. According to Molloy, having availability comparable to sole-ownership has been key to the program’s success.

In addition to providing the structure, PIA also provides the match.

“We have built an organization designed to identify, vet and match highly qualified co-owners. Think of us as ‘Match-dot-Com’ for business aircraft,” said Molloy.

Our team at Lone Mountain Aircraft is impressed with the creativity and secure structure PIA provides for owners with low to medium usage requirements. It’s a new look at an old problem, and it’s one that is beginning to shift the business aviation industry one PIA Managed Co-Ownership agreement at a time. For more information on PIA, go to PartnersinAviation.com.

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!   

Owner of several companies and working in consulting and private equity, Jay Vierling’s unique approach to business has proven massively effective. With a successful history of advising businesses to rapid growth, Jay quickly found that an aircraft was essential to his mode of operations.

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jay first purchased a 2005 Cirrus SR22 GTS to help free him up to move between meetings, consultations, and home with his family. While the Cirrus was certainly a positive step in the right direction, in 2016 Jay found himself needing even more in order to expand operations with his company, AEV Capital. With overseas meetings and the need for more capacity, Jay started searching for something that could go further, longer, and faster than the Cirrus.

After a great deal of investigating, Lone Mountain Aircraft helped Jay find exactly what he was looking for online in a 2002 King Air C90B. There was only one problem. It was in in Léon, France.

Jay leaned on Lone Mountain President and multi-transatlantic pilot Mark Rogers in order to help make a seemingly difficult transaction a reality. Mark immediately went to work helping Jay get through the red tape and legal minutiae in order to purchase and reimport the US-made aircraft from Europe. Within only 45 days, Jay and Mark were crossing into French borders to inspect the King Air and sign the final documentation.

Once the purchase was complete, Jay began working quickly to get his multi-engine pilot’s license in order to fly the aircraft back from Europe – a daunting task for a pilot used to Cirrus’ single-engine piston. Taking it one step at a time, Jay then began studying the systems on the King Air before employing a Lone Mountain recommended professional with King Air multitransatlantic flight experience to help him get the aircraft home.

Once back in the states, Jay had another feat to tackle – the plane’s aesthetics. “It was an ugly bird,” said Jay. “We added an entire new interior, paint, and an avionics suite. It took some work, but I couldn’t be happier with the state it is in now. It fits my exact specifications.”

With time, he became comfortable with the aircraft through repetition, committing to muscle memory the correct steps with the help of mentor pilots keeping him on track. The mentorship time requirement of 60 hours went quickly according to Jay, who enjoyed the experience flying with a variety of Lone Mountain professional pilots.

Looking back on his wild journey of an international plane purchase, switching from piston to turbine, and time of mentorship, Jay concludes: “It was absolutely worth it. Having somebody lead you through the process that has been there and done it successfully, will not only save a lot of time and money, but will also potentially save you from making a bad decision.”

Jay and his wife Marielou now use the aircraft as a tool for business operations and family life, easily traveling between their two home bases in Ohio and South Carolina. The King Air has allowed Jay to secure significant deals with several clients simply because of the ability to meet with them before competitors.

Even more importantly, it has given Jay and Marielou the ability to be with those they care about most. Jay loves to fill his King Air up with his four grandchildren – or as he calls them, “flight attendants” – taking them to places they’ve never been before.

Our team of pilots at Lone Mountain Aircraft enjoy helping businessmen and women find the aircraft suitable for their day-to-day operations – no matter where it is located. For more information on AEV Capital, go to AEVcapital.com. 

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!   

As the Director of Operations at GreatAmerica Financial Services headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, being a pilot offers Martin Golobic a major advantage to running the business. Golobic’s love affair with planes started as a young child on his flights back and forth to Europe, his parents’ birthplace. Invited on the flight deck as a boy, he knew he wanted to one day be a pilot and his dream became a reality 18 years ago when he learned to fly in a Cessna 150. Quickly working his way through a Cessna 172 and Piper Warrior, his family eventually went on to purchase a Cessna 182 in 2003 when he was still a college student.

When Iowa faced a serious flood in 2008, Martin was able to use the aircraft to travel to displaced employees working from all over Eastern Iowa. The plane allowed his father, owner of Great America Financial, to maintain his long-standing tradition of handing out payroll checks in person to his employees. Without the aircraft, they never would have been able to accomplish that in a single day.

Martin traded his 182 for a Piper Matrix, allowing him to go faster and carry more passengers. It did not take long before he realized he should be flying higher where often you could find smoother air and you could be above the clouds, he traded up to a new 2013 Mirage, which he kept for two years before selling and moving to Atlanta. Longing to return to flight, he rented Aero Atlanta’s Cirrus SR22 for his time in Georgia. Returning to Cedar Rapids in July of 2016, Martin was ready to make the jump into a Meridian.

The Meridian, quickly showed its advantages being a turboprop and provided impressive performance. He took family flights to both coasts and was able to visit customers and feel confident that he could trust his aircraft to perform when he needed it to.

 Less than eight months later, Martin purchased an Embraer Phenom 100 from Lone Mountain with less than 1,000 hours of flying under his belt. Flying is now a significant timesaver for work trips. Martin can easily travel from Cedar Rapids to Savannah, Ga. for a presentation and return home within the same day. He now utilizes the aircraft more for business than any other aircraft he has owned due to its comfort, speed and economy.

According to Martin, working with Lone Mountain’s team allowed him to understand the benefits of maintenance tracking and engine and airframe programs while ensuring he found the aircraft that was perfect for his needs.

“Lone Mountain spent a lot of time with me, working through what would be the right fit based on my budget. We spent a lot of long hours talking through the competitive differences in performance, comfort, cost of operations and maintenance requirements.” said Martin. “They also handled all of the due diligence of jet ownership. I did not even know what an engine program was when I operated the Meridian. After going through the process with Lone Mountain, I do not feel like I could have lined up the right people, put paperwork together, and got an aircraft into inspection by myself.”

As the former Regional Sales Director for Embraer, Lone Mountain Sales Rep Mark Stear utilized his many industry connections and unparalleled product knowledge on the Phenom aircraft.

“Lone Mountain has expertise in a variety of aircraft, and I trusted them completely to help me find the right light jet for my needs,” said Martin. “I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.”

Our team of pilots at Lone Mountain Aircraft Sales loves helping businessmen and women find the aircraft suitable for their day-to-day operations. For more information on GreatAmerica Financial Services, go to GreatAmerica.com

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.

Beginning his business in his parents’ basement, 20-year-old Bryan Currier was dedicated to developing a different type of IT company – one that not only provided exceptional service, but also was highly personalized, understanding clients’ individual business needs. Seventeen years later that dedication remains.

As the President and Founder of Advantage Technologies, headquartered in Chesterfield, Mich., Bryan now leads his team from his home in Franklin, Tenn., in serving more than 600 clients across seven states. While the number of clients has increased and expanded geographically, Bryan’s desire to retain face-to-face connections has stayed consistent, making travel an essential component to hisoperations.

“My job has morphed from doing sales directly with clients to now working with my sales team,” said Bryan. “The aircraft enables to me to be there to assist my team in all of our markets when needed.”

Bryan purchased his first plane in 2001 when he realized his business’ growth required more flexible travel options than airline services provided. Starting with a Grumman Yankee, a light two-seat aircraft, Bryan quickly saw the benefits of owning his own plane. As the business grew, so did Bryan’s model of aircraft. Seven planes later, he currently owns a Piper Malibu Meridian, a turboprop single-engine plane with a total capacity of six people. He also has his eyes on a Citation Mustang, the next step up from the turboprop. 

“The benefits of owning my own aircraft continues to prove itself invaluable,” said Bryan. “For example, Wednesday night I got an email requesting a short notice meeting on Thursday morning in Indiana. Without the airplane, my local consultant would have been on his own and in over his head. Because of the flexibility offered by the aircraft, I was able to fly in to assist him and then make it to Michigan in time for my afternoon meeting.”

According to Bryan, many business owners would benefit from owning an aircraft, and the expenses aren’t as high as expected when considering the implications.

“When you calculate the amount of time spent waiting on commercial airline flights, the lack of flexibility airlines provide which often causes the need to stay overnight, and the amount of time lost with family due to travel, owning an aircraft is a no-brainer to me,” said Bryan. “My productivity is higher and my time is maximized.”

With four children, family time is premium to Bryan. He also enjoys the ability to take his family with him on trips that require traveling for several days.

Our team at Lone Mountain loves seeing our clients grow their business while balancing their home lives. Have you considered the benefits of aircraft ownership? For more information, contact Mark Rogers.

To learn more about Advantage Technologies, go to www.Adv-Tech.com.

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.