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PIREPS September 2017



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PIREPS brings you the latest news and information from Premier Aircraft Sales and Premier Aircraft Service. Premier carries a large, constantly-refreshing inventory of new Diamond and Mooney aircraft and pre-owned Beechcraft, Cessna, Cirrus and Piper aircraft. We broker aircraft for sale, and are also an Authorized Service Center for Cessna, Diamond, Mooney, Centurion and Lycoming. For more information, visit us at For best mobile experience, view this newsletter in Desktop mode.


Hurricane Irma and the Premier Team

By Fred Ahles, President


irma aftermath 

I was never prouder of the Premier team than the way they handled preparation and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. It is a massive undertaking to secure hangars and aircraft, especially when a Category Five is predicted to come your way! Fortunately, the worst of the storm hit elsewhere, but at Premier we had a couple inches of water in our offices and some hangar door damage – that was it. After removing hurricane shutters and restarting computer systems, our team moved furniture, ripped out carpet, and got us up and running in just a couple days. We’re ready to serve you if your aircraft needs repairs – just contact our maintenance office at (954) 334-2393 to discuss your needs.


Our big concern is the people of the Caribbean, the Florida Keys and other parts of Florida who were devastated by the storm. The Virgin Islands, as an example, got hit by two hurricanes, and as I write this Hurricane Maria is bearing down as the third hurricane in a month. There are many ways you can help. Both Premier and I, personally, have long been supporters of a great charity that serves the Caribbean—Food for the Poor. Like many relief organizations, it has a massive need for donations to buy food and other supplies. A visit to their website will give you an idea of the kind of support they provide for people in impoverished countries that have little government support:


Of course the American Red Cross is doing great work in the US, helping people in Texas and Florida—their website is The Humane Society and other animal relief organizations are rescuing animals left behind or lost in the storm. Whatever your preferred organization or cause, please consider providing help to the victims of these hurricanes. Also, please read the story about Keys relief efforts later in this issue of Pireps. Perhaps there is a way you can utilize your aircraft to help.


New at Premier: AEPC Piston Engine Service Program Brings Peace of Mind and A Shield Against Unscheduled Maintenance Expense




The Piston Engine Service Program (PESP™), now offered at Premier Aircraft Sales through AeroEngine Protection Corp., is a new option for aircraft buyers that minimizes the risk of costly unscheduled maintenance. Designed by industry professionals with decades of aviation experience maintaining over 4,000 piston engines, PESP™ keeps your engine running and your plane flying.


PESP™ provides peace of mind, knowing that when that unexpected engine problem occurs it is covered. With access to technical aviation specialists from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m. EST, resolving unscheduled maintenance repair issues is quick and easy. Advisors who are only a phone call away work directly with you to troubleshoot any problem and coordinate with a FAA-Approved Repair Facility to perform any necessary service. Some of the benefits include:
  • Protection from the expense and hassles of an unforeseen maintenance event
  • A fixed budget for all unscheduled maintenance
  • Minimization of unscheduled repair costs
  • Coverage and risk transfer beyond the warranty period
  • Increased aircraft dispatch availability
  • Increased residual aircraft value
  • Transferability upon sale from the current owner to the buyer


“The PESP™ reduces the total cost of ownership – the biggest consideration our customers have in selecting an aircraft,” says Fred Ahles, president of Premier. “We strongly encourage our customers to look into this program to guard their pocketbooks when unexpected maintenance needs occur.”

The program offers benefits at three levels and are too numerous to detail in this article. Click the link to for more information on the program. Also, contact Barry Rutheiser, PESP program coordinator at Premier, at (954) 771-0411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Visit Premier to View the New Mooney Ultra at AOPA in Tampa Oct. 27-28




Premier Aircraft Sales will be displaying the newly-certified two-door Acclaim Ultra at the AOPA Regional Fly-In at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa Oct. 27-28. The highly-anticipated M20V Acclaim Ultra has a twin-turbocharged 280-hp engine, tops out at 242 KTAS, and has a maximum range of 1,275 nm. It’s sister aircraft, the M20U Ovation Ultra, is powered by a Continental 310-hp IO-550-G engine and has a top speed of 197 KTAS. It boasts a 1,450 nm range with long-range tanks.

For more information about the Acclaim and Ovation Ultra, click here or contact Lee Drumheller, Premier’s Mooney lead, at (334) 826-1660 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Update: Premier Piper Dakota Renovation Program


“People who own Dakotas keep their Dakotas for years, even decades, because it’s a great plane,” says Fred Ahles, president of Premier. “The Dakota is one of the very few four-seat airplanes that can actually carry four full-sized adults plus 72 gallons of fuel and still have around 100 lbs. left for baggage.”


A refurbished Premier Edition Piper Dakota means you will have a pristine-condition four-place airplane that’s easy to fly and economical to own, with modern avionics and in top mechanical condition. The Premier Edition refurbishment program is actually three levels: The Silver Dakota, the Gold Dakota and the Platinum Dakota. The basic Silver Dakota includes:


  • An extensive annual inspection ensuring all time life Items, service bulletins and AD’s are complied with
  • An engine overhauled to factory-new tolerances, including new Lycoming cylinders
  • An avionics package which is custom-designed to your equipment specifications
  • GTN750 or GTN650 (both WAAS enabled), GMA350 audio panel, GTX345R transponder with ADS-B in & out capability, and includes traffic and weather; GNC225A second nav-com
  • Garmin G5 electronic attitude indicator with standby battery that indicates speed and altitude and Garmin G5 electronic H.S.I.
  • Overhaul existing autopilot (if equipped)
  • Completely refurbished vinyl interior. All seats are re-padded and side panels are redone.
  • Complete strip and paint in the 2017 Archer DX paint scheme in the colors of your choice
  • All new or overhauled components are covered with manufacturer’s warranty


The Gold and Platinum Dakotas provide a host of additional upgrades, giving you a truly customized aircraft. The process takes three and one half months to complete.

For more information, contact Barry Rutheiser or Art Spengler, Dakota program coordinators, at (954) 771-0411. More information about the program, and photos of a renovated plane, can be viewed on Premier’s inventory website page;


New at Premier: Aircraft Management Program; Also Seeking Partnerships for M600, King Air and Pilatus


Piper M600


Pomerance Recognized with Master Pilot Award from FAA


Premier Partner David Pomerance was recently recognized by the FAA with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as "Master Pilots".


Pomerance, an ATP, has been flying for 53 years and has over 20,000 hours. With thousands of hours in Piper M-Class aircraft, he is an essential member of the Malibu/Matrix/Meridian demo team. During his tenure at Premier, he led the effort to develop and STC the CabinCool™ aftermarket air conditioning system for the DA40. He is Premier’s liaison with the FAA and was instrumental in obtaining a Cessna Service Center designation for Premier. His responsibilities also include oversight of IT operations at Premier.


“David has been instrumental in helping manage the operation of Premier Aircraft Service and Premier Aircraft Sales over the years,” says Fred Ahles, president. “I have known David since 1994 and he has always been a thorough, safe, skilled pilot. There is no one more deserving of this recognition than David. We are very, very proud of him.”


Premier Customer Jordan Smith Part of Major Relief Effort in Keys


An article on AOPA’s website cites Jordan Smith – Premier customer, Mooney Acclaim pilot, Florida Keys resident, and broadband service provider – and others for their participation in a massive Hurricane Irma relief effort in the Keys. According to AOPA, Smith loaded his single-engine aircraft with sleeping bags, cleanup supplies, and baby necessities at the Lakeland emergency distribution center and then flew them to Marathon, which according to local pilots was barely operational. He then drove a cherry picker line truck with two fellow technicians to Summerland to restore Wi-Fi service to the airport’s forward supply center.


In his interview, Smith said, “I’m doing this because I don’t have a home to go to and it’ll be a month before I have power.” To read about the heroic efforts of many pilots, click here.


Premier Seeking Seasoned Aircraft Sales Professionals


Premier is currently seeking an experienced aircraft sales professional with a proven track record of General Aviation piston and/or turboprop aircraft sales. If you would like to join our team, contact Jeff Owen at (954) 771-0411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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