Guardian Jet’s Don Dwyer on AINTV

Guardian Jet’s Managing Partner Don Dwyer was interviewed by Charles Alcock, Editor of AINTV, in this video feature called “Bizjet Builders Unveil Latest Models at 2016 NBAA Show”

Click here to watch the full video–or read the transcript below.

Don Dwyer AINTV NBAA16 Interview Guardian Jet

Transcript from 03:22

Charles Alcock, AINTV:

“The NBAA show is also about marketing pre-owned aircraft with leading brokers flocking to the static display to show off their customers’ assets.

Some say trading conditions have been tough lately, but brokers here in Orlando are choosing to look on the bright side.”

Don Dwyer, Managing Partner, Guardian Jet:

“You know, everyone talks about the challenging marketplace, but what they forget is that there’s a tremendous amount of activity. So, clearly pricing is fueling the activities. And  pricing is not what people want it to be.

But, the business as a whole is pretty robust. Flying hours are up. We’re seeing activity up.

We actually called this year a little differently. We thought it would be a very fast start and then slow down as the election sort of “mired” people in their decision-making.

But it’s quite the opposite. We were a little bit slow in the first couple of months of the year, and then it took off. We’ve been very active ever since.

One of the things we’re doing right now–we’re not just here selling airplanes (although that’s our primary focus)–but we’re buying a lot of aircraft right now.”

 

 

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Guardian Jet to Showcase 5 Private Jets at #NBAA16

GUILFORD, Conn. – Last updated Oct. 28 – With aircraft acquisition activity surging this year, record numbers of customers are buying both new and pre-owned airplanes, according to Don Dwyer, the managing director of the Guilford, Connecticut-based aviation brokerage firm, Guardian Jet (guardianjet.com).

Answering that trend, on Nov. 1st through 3rd, during this year’s #NBAA16 in Orlando, Florida, Guardian Jet will showcase five private jets for sale at the Orlando Executive Airport (KORL). Guardian Jet will do so as one of 17 National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) Certified Broker/Dealers to show at the largest-ever single static display during the 2016 NBAA Business Aviation Convention, where the company will also sponsor an exhibit at chalet No. S-5.

Below are the five featured private jets on display at #NBAA16, including a 2013 Gulfstream G650, 2012 Cessna CJ4, 2011 Hawker 4000, 2005 Gulfstream G550 and 1999 Falcon 2000.

2013 Gulfstream G650

  • One Owner Since New
  • Cabin Enhancement Program Completed
  • Engines Enrolled on Rolls-Royce Corporate Care
  • APU Enrolled on MSP
  • Auto Brakes (ASC 055)
  • Forward Galley and Crew Rest
  • 14-Passenger Configuration

2012 Cessna CJ4

  • One Owner Since New
  • Remaining Warranty
  • Engines Enrolled on TAP Advantage Elite
  • Single-Point Refueling
  • Pro Line 21 Avionics Package
  • Aircell Iridium Satellite Phone System

2011 Hawker 4000

  • One Owner Since New
  • Low Time
  • Dual IFIS Server
  • TCAS 7.1
  • 9-Passenger Configuration

2005 Gulfstream G550

  • One Fortune 50 Owner Since New
  • New Paint in 2014
  • Engines Enrolled on Rolls Royce Corporate Care
  • APU Enrolled on MSP
  • Avionics Enrolled on HAPP
  • Enhanced Navigation (ASC 084)
  • High-Speed Data and Wi-Fi
  • ADS-B (Out) and TCAS 7.1
  • Aft Shower

1999 Falcon 2000

  • Owned, Maintained by S&P 500 Firm Since New
  • GoGo Biz Internet
  • Engines, APU & Avionics on Hourly Programs
  • Fresh C Inspection
  • Meets ADS-B Out & TCAS 7.1 Requirements
  • 10-Passenger Configuration

To discuss buying or selling or a business jet, visit Guardian Jet, LLC, during NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibit aircraft static display (Tent No. S-05), hosted at the Orlando Executive Airport (KORL). You see current aircraft inventory at www.guardianjet.com/aircraft-sales and follow on Twitter at @GuardianJet.

About Guardian Jet

Founded in 2002, Guardian Jet, LLC, offers business aviation brokerage, consulting and oversight services for thousands of clients worldwide. The company distinguishes itself with its focus on integrity and industry expertise, and by consistently providing business value to clients. Guardian Jet’s core mission has always been to earn the right to buy and sell aircraft on behalf of its clientele by providing great consulting advice, market intelligence and flawless execution. For more information, visit guardianjet.com.

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RSVP Today: Join Guardian Jet in Texas on August 9

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Business Aviation Professional Development Seminar Series

“Asset Management for Corporate Aviation Flight Departments”

Watch Don's 1-minute seminar preview video

VIDEO: Watch Don’s 1-minute keynote overview

Join keynote speaker Don Dwyer on August 9 at the North Texas Business Aviation Association luncheon in Grapevine, Texas at the Cowboy’s Golf Club.

Don will explain what Asset Management is and why it’s important to view your aircraft assets just like you would the stocks in your financial portfolio.

Learn how you can:

  • Keep your aircraft assets nimble
  • Retain the value in your aircraft
  • Be smart about the capital that you’ve invested in aviation
  • Plus, learn about aircraft valuations, residual values, market conditions and how to take advantage of opportunistic buying.

Who should attend?

Anyone responsible for fleet planning, aviation operations and working within a flight department.

Keynote Speaker:
Don Dwyer, Managing Director, Guardian Jet (Read Don’s bio)

 

RSVP for North Business Aviation AssociationAugust 9, 2016

11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

Cowboy’s Golf Club, 1600 Fairway Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051

 

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Temporary Phone Outage

Guardian Jet is experiencing a temporary phone outage as a result of a technical issue from our phone provider. We are still open for business and encourage you to contact our sales team via their cell phones or via email. We apologize for the issue and delay.

Sincerely,
The Guardian Jet Team

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A Brief “Q&A” with Guardian Jet’s Newest VP, Russ Piggott

Russ Piggott

Russ T. Piggott

It isn’t often that an aviation-industry company can pull off such a coup as we at Guardian Jet feel we have by hiring our newest Vice President of West Coast Operations, Russ Piggott.

Russ is the consummate aviation careerist, with a love of aviation that goes well beyond the status quo.

This month, we thought we’d sit down with Russ and ask him a few questions to shed some light on what—even at his relatively young age—has already been a stellar career in aviation.

 

Q: What do you think was the most rewarding aspect of your career in the U.S. Air Force?

A: Well, first I want to say that I have been so fortunate in my life and Air Force career. I grew up around airplanes through my family, and all I wanted to do from a young age was fly in the Air Force.

My dad, mom, sister and brother are all pilots. My dad flew airshows in a Pitts Special, and then later in a Russian-built Sukhoi SU-29. But it was going to airshows and seeing the Air Force demonstration pilots that really fueled my desire to become a fighter pilot.

Those experiences also helped shape my goal to become an airshow demonstration pilot, in order to give back to people and inspire them to fly. So, in 2007 and 2008, I was fortunate to be selected as the F-16 Viper West Demonstration pilot.

I flew at 30 different airshows each year and represented the Air Force with a team of 10 maintenance professionals and six safety pilots. We flew in front of millions of people. On airshow weekends in between flying, we reached out to local schools, met with groups in the community, and communicated with local news and radio media.

My time on the demo team was one of the busiest and exhausting schedules I have ever kept, but it was so incredibly rewarding. I mentally put myself back in the crowd as a young kid on many occasions, and recalled what it was like watching the Air Force jets fly. I had to pinch myself because, here I was, finally doing it. Oh, and talk about rewards: I got to fly upside down in an F-16 at 300 feet!

 

Q: In your “collection,” of aircraft, you’ve got a fighter jet, a Glasair experimental aircraft and an aerobatic plane, and you’ve flown 30 different types of aircraft. What is your favorite and why?

A: That’s one of the toughest questions to answer, because it really depends on a number of factors.

Flying fighter aircraft is incredibly intense, and the sheer power, performance and capability are awe-inspiring. But it’s a lot of work!

There is no relaxing in a fighter, because you have a mission to accomplish and you have to be perfect. Flying airshows in the F-16, upside-down and at low altitude, in front of millions of people, was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. Flying in an F-15 with three other wingmen at 50,000 feet, Mach 1.6 and targeting enemy aircraft before they even know I’m there is pretty darn powerful!

When my wife, Jennifer, and I go flying together in any light aircraft, she has often commented that as soon as we lift off, she can see my whole demeanor change, as if nothing in the world matters and I’m free.

Whether it’s a Piper Cub or a Sukhoi, it just feels so gratifying to get up in the air. But to answer your question, here are my top five aircraft that I’ve flown outside of my military career:

  1. Lancair Legacy – It’s a 245-knot time machine!
  2. Sukhoi SU-26/SU-29 – The absolute best aerobatic aircraft!
  3. Beech 18 – A timeless beauty that flies great (and you can take your friends).
  4. Bonanza V-35B – It’s the Cadillac of the skies, with that distinct V-tail.
  5. P-51 Mustang – The fighter that helped win the war in Europe.

 

Q: Now that you’ve joined Guardian Jet, what excites you most about working with the team, and representing the brokerage firm throughout the west coast?

A: When I left the active-duty Air Force in 2009, I had just come off of being the demo pilot, where I was selling the Air Force story around the world.

Along with my passion for aviation, I’ve always had an interest in business, so I wanted to get into the business side of aviation.

I had an amazing opportunity at another consulting firm, where I became well versed in business aviation at a very high level, but, as I started a family, my wife and I realized that we had to get back to California.

After doing so, and being introduced to Guardian Jet, I found that I was drawn to the company because of the fundamentals it’s built upon.

It’s extremely important for me to be part of an organization that has a high degree of integrity, a positive reputation and provides world-class products and services.

As I’ve learned, the Guardian Jet business model is built upon five pillars that are broader and much more inclusive than simply buying and selling airplanes, as most brokers are.

When I discovered that Guardian Jet uses its consulting products and services as a basis to earn the right to buy and sell its clients’ aircraft, I knew it was going to be a perfect fit for me.

Now I get to live where my wife and I want to raise our family, and, at the same time, I’m able to share my passion for business aviation as a member of a very capable company built upon sound fundamentals. It’s a perfect match.

As icing on the cake, I still fly the F-15C Eagle several days per month in the California Air National Guard, so, as I said before, I’m extremely fortunate!

 

Q: What aviation organizations have you been a part of? And how do you give back to the aviation community?

A: I like to give back to the aviation community by helping people and sharing my passion for the industry and its way of life.

Whether it happens to be a young kid who’s interested in learning to fly or a recent college graduate looking to get into business aviation, I really like taking the time to teach them what it has to offer, and how my life has benefited by being involved in aviation.

Sometimes that means that I’ll just take someone up flying in my Glasair to share the joy of flight with them. “Hey, you want to go flying?”

I’ve helped a lot of my friends buy airplanes or figure out how to get back into flying after a long hiatus, and there’s always a lot of smiling involved.

There’s one common thread that most people in the aviation industry have, and that is some type of deep emotional draw toward airplanes. That’s what makes aviation so special.

Within business aviation, everyone—from buyers of corporate jets to the guys and gals fueling them at an FBO—has some draw toward airplanes, so it’s very unique. It’s an industry that makes it easy for me to share my passion about aviation with others on a personal and professional level.

 

Q: When you’re not buying and selling aircraft for Guardian Jet, how do you spend your free time?

A: I’m currently in that phase of life where I need to dedicate a lot of time to my family, and I like it that way. We have a four-year-old little girl, and she’s got me completely wrapped around her finger. My wife is due to have a boy in June, so we are very excited about that, and it will obviously take up a lot of my free time!

Between family and my Air National Guard commitments, it’s tough to find much free time. But I’ve loved flying with my daughter in our Glasair since she was five months old. She adores flying with daddy.

I also love the water, and though I don’t get to go very often, I’d say that surfing is one of my most favorite hobbies. I also fly radio-controlled slope gliders, which are a lot of fun.

And, more at ground level, just being outside hiking, mountain biking, or having a picnic with my family is fun. That’s what is so great about California—the weather is terrific and there’s so much to do.

 

Q: How did you get your call sign?

A: Every fighter pilot has a call sign, and it can often be a long story how he or she got it.

I got my name, “Spicoli,” based on Sean Penn’s character from the 80s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

In a nutshell, when I was a young fighter pilot, I stood out as a “California guy” who liked surfing, was always wearing shorts and flip-flops and said “dude” a lot. I also raced off-road motorcycles, so, at the time, I actually owned a van to transport my bike in.

One late Friday afternoon, while I was finishing what had been a series of eye-gouging squadron meetings, I ordered a few pizzas for the squadron. So anyone who has seen the movie knows that Jeff Spicoli was a surfer from California who drove a van and brought a pizza into class.

So ”Spicoli” just stuck. When I’m not wearing a suit and tie or a flight suit, you can bet that I’m probably in shorts and flip-flops!

 

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: Well, I would just like to say again what a privilege it has been to live and breathe aviation, and to have had such an exciting career thus far flying some of the world’s finest aircraft.

And now, with this opportunity working for such a “class” organization as Guardian Jet, I truly feel like I’m on top of the world.

 

Welcome to the team, Russ!

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PRESS RELEASE: UK-based Trevor Lambarth joins Guardian Jet

Trevor Lambarth to Lead Guardian Jet’s European Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions 

Trevor Lambarth joins Guardian Jet as VP of Aircraft Sales Europe

Trevor Lambarth

GUILFORD, Conn. – March 22, 2016 – Guardian Jet (guardianjet.com), the Guilford, Connecticut-based aviation brokerage firm, announced today that longtime aviation professional Trevor Lambarth has been named Vice President of Sales, Europe.

Lambarth’s new position follows upon his extensive, 27-year career with Bombardier Aerospace, where he served in several key positions, the last of which was as Vice President of Sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In his new position, Lambarth will be the first European-based executive for Guardian Jet.

“We are very excited to have Trevor Lambarth join the Guardian team,” said Don Dwyer, Managing Partner of Guardian Jet, LLC. “He is the consummate professional with an extraordinary career’s worth of experience.”

Dwyer added that Lambarth is particularly well-suited to Guardian Jet’s consultative approach to business, buying and selling aircraft for its customers by researching and providing them with industry-leading data and information.

“We’ve always bought and sold aircraft around the world, but with Trevor on board, we can significantly enhance our global presence,” Dwyer explained. “More than just wanting to open up Europe, our strategy has been to seek out and find a world-class teammate. The fact that Trevor is based in Europe is a bonus.”

Lambarth brings nearly three decades of global experience in aviation sales, acquisitions and leasing to his new position. Based in the U.K., he holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Southampton. A former pilot in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, he later spent six years at British Aerospace, working on both commercial and business aircraft programs. He then joined McAlpine Aviation, a business aircraft operator, where he was responsible for sales of the company’s wide range of aircraft management and maintenance services. He joined Bombardier as sales manager for Short Brothers, the oldest aircraft manufacturer in the world, subsequently moving into the corporation’s business aircraft division. At Bombardier, Lambarth distinguished himself by leading sales for 150 aircraft with a combined value of nearly USD$3 billion.

“I’ve spent the past three decades building long-term customer relationships based on trust, and I look forward to continuing this while expanding Guardian Jet’s presence in Europe,” said Lambarth. “I really feel confident that, in Guardian Jet, I am joining a company fully in tune with my own ethos and values.”

About Guardian Jet

Founded in 2002, Guardian Jet, LLC, offers business aviation brokerage, consulting and oversight services for thousands of clients worldwide. The company distinguishes itself with its focus on integrity and industry expertise, and by consistently providing business value to clients. Guardian Jet’s core mission has always been to earn the right to buy and sell aircraft on behalf of its clientele by providing great consulting advice, market intelligence and flawless execution. For more information, visit guardianjet.com.

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Want to help buy and sell aircraft?

Are you our next Aircraft Sales Director or Aircraft Technical Specialist?

join our team - buy and sell aircraft guardian jetWe’re Growing!

And and we’re looking for passionate, talented aviation aficionados who can the Guardian Jet team.

Since 2002, our mission has been to earn the right to buy and sell aircraft on behalf of our clients. We do this by delivering unrivaled consulting advice, market intelligence and flawless execution.

Are you our next Aircraft Sales Director or Aircraft Technical Specialist?

If you’re ready to join our first-rate aircraft sales, acquisition and consulting company, please take a moment to review our two open positions. Then email us your resume, cover letter and salary requirements.

Are you in?

Apply today

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Guardian Jet is growing again!

We are seeking a highly qualified Executive Assistant to support multiple Managing Partners in an administrative role to include; calendar, travel, expense reports, trade shows, general office duties, market research, sales presentations, customer service, and responsible for being one of first voices our client’s hear when they call. Positive attitude, a solid work ethic and the ability to work in a fast paced, team oriented environment where priorities change in an instant is a must. We offer a fun and unique office environment that allows each employee to play a large role in the overall success of the organization.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please visit the complete job posting and application here.

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Guardian Jet to Host First Two Demo Events for Citation X Elite Jet

Citation X Elite business jet avionics, interior, exteriorWe’ve got great news for those in the market to buy a business jet in 2015!

It’s called the Citation X Elite program, and we’re proud to announce that Cessna has selected the Guardian Jet team as the exclusive sales agents.

As many of you are aware from the recent press in Aviation International News, Aviation Week and The Wichita Eagle, Cessna is buying back its Cessna Citation X series from NetJets and completely refurbishing them as nearly new models comparable to that of a brand new 2015 jet. You’ll get nearly all of the modern conveniences of a Citation X+ for a guaranteed price of $6.5 million. This new avionics, completed updated and reconfigured interior and (the best part) a 5-year guaranteed maintenance program.

It’s truly an aircraft you have to see to believe.

Since that’s the case, Guardian Jet is teaming up Banyan Air Service in Fort Lauderdale and Eagle Creek Aviation Services in Naples, FL to showcase these remarkable aircraft to an invitation-only crowd.

Here’s where you find us for our first two showcase demos of 2015 – and we’re planning more!

4 to 8 p.m. on January 14, 2015  

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

Banyan Air Service

5360 Northwest 20th Terrace

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

4 to 8 p.m. on January 15, 2015             

Naples Municipal Airport (hosted by Eagle Creek Aviation Services)

Naples Jet Center

377 Citation Point

Naples, FL 34104

Interested in learning more? Download the technical specs or visit our Citation X Elite web page.

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Textron Aviation teams with Guardian Jet to market Citation X Elite

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Textron Aviation teams with Guardian Jet to market Citation X Elite

 WICHITA, Kan., Nov. 5, 2014 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced plans to enter into an exclusive agreement with Connecticut-based Guardian Jet, LLC to market the Citation X Elite business jet.

“Guardian is a great addition to the Cessna sales effort for the Citation X Elite due to the company’s global experience with the midsize jet market,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. “The Citation X Elite program is unique in the industry and having Guardian now as our sales partner extends our ability to communicate the many benefits the Citation X Elite offers.”

The Citation X Elite program sends legacy Citation X aircraft through a complete refurbishment and systems update at the Textron Aviation Service Center in Wichita for customers seeking a low-cost option for owning one of the fastest civil aviation aircraft in the world.

Elite package upgrades to the Citation X include a new Honeywell Primus Elite avionics suite capable of supporting future requirements such as ADS-B, RNP approaches and synthetic vision. Customers also get a graphical weather upgrade, FMS 6.1 upgrade with WAAS/LPV capability, and ADS-B Out.

The upgrade also includes an aileron regearing to enhance lateral control efficiency in gusty or crosswind conditions, a new exterior paint, refurbished interior including new crew and passenger seats, a new cabin management system and monitors and optional enhanced connectivity for Internet and global voice service.

The Elite package also offers guaranteed rates for ProParts and ProTech maintenance programs for five years or 1,500 flight hours, allowing operators to precisely project the cost of operation (excluding fuel). Operators also have access to regular Citation ProAdvantage programs including Rolls-Royce Corporate Care for engines and Cessna AuxAdvantage for the auxiliary power unit.

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About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit textronaviation.com.
 
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: http://www.textron.com.
 
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