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PIREPS October 2018

PIREPS

 

Welcome to PIREPS!

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 flypas.com. For best mobile experience, view this newsletter in Desktop mode.

 

Mooney Acclaim on Display at NBAA Oct. 16-18

 

NBAA

 

If you are thinking about taking advantage of year-end tax benefits for the purchase of a new aircraft, visit us at the Mooney display (static display SD-28) at NBAA! Factory experts and Premier’s sales representatives will be available to give you a personal showing and orientation to the Acclaim Ultra. In addition, Mooney will be demonstrating a new “executive configuration,” which involves removal of the front passenger seat to allow easier access to the spacious back seat equipped with USB ports, perfect for getting work done enroute. Serious buyers can request a demo flight by contacting Lee Drumheller, (334) 663-3151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information regarding the tax benefit of aircraft purchase in 2018, contact Daniel Cheung at Aviation Tax Consultants, (317) 716-3388 or go to http://www.aviationtaxconsultants.com/

 

Visit Premier at AOPA in Gulf Shores, Alabama Oct. 26-27

 

Mooney Aircraft

 

AOPA’s Fly-In at the Jack Edwards National Airport (KJKA) Oct. 26-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama provides a special opportunity for pilots to relax, learn, and connect with other pilots and enthusiasts. Whether you’re an aircraft owner, experienced pilot, rusty pilot, new pilot, student pilot, or just plain crazy about airplanes, an AOPA Fly-In has something for you. Premier Aircraft Sales’ representatives and Mooney factory experts will be available to give you a personal showing and orientation to the Acclaim Ultra. Subject to availability of aircraft, serious buyers can pre-arrange a demo flight by contacting Lee Drumheller, (334) 663-3151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the start of the show.

 

The combined two days are loaded to maximum gross with workshops, the Barnstormers Party, seminars, exhibits, world-class presenters, lots of aircraft, technologies, products, and services to make your flying more enjoyable, practical, and safe. For more information click here to visit AOPA’s website.

 

Save Up To $320,000 In Taxes With The Purchase Of A New Mooney! Tax Savings On Used Aircraft Is Substantial As Well

 

The tax law passed last December allows all aircraft buyers with business use to write off the ENTIRE PURCHASE IN 2018!

 

And with brisk sales of new Mooneys this summer, we have only two aircraft left that can be delivered in 2018. We have one Acclaim Ultra and one Ovation Ultra left at this writing. You can save up to $320,000 on your 2018 tax bill with a purchase of these planes. In addition, the tax law allows significant savings on the purchase of used aircraft as well. If you don’t use a plane 100% for business that doesn’t mean you can’t save at least partially on your taxes. We also have interest in leasebacks in some key markets too. Call or write Fred Ahles for details at 754-301-2486 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Meet Mountain Air (2NCO), A Fly-In Community with the Highest Runway East of the Mississippi

 

NBAA

 

If you’re a pilot, Mountain Air is the ideal getaway in the glorious mountains of Western North Carolina, featuring the highest private runway east of the Mississippi. Depending on the type of aircraft, most locations in the eastern United States are no more than three hours away. This convenience provides flexible work and travel opportunities.

 

At an elevation of 4,400 feet, the paved runway measures 2,875 feet and landing here among spectacular mountains is considered a special treat by pilots and their families. Once on the ground, you’re just steps from the club. There’s plenty to do for everyone here, including mountaintop golf, tennis, pickleball, heated pool, fitness center, outdoor recreation, hiking and dining – plus incredible long-range views. Pick from homes and condos or build a custom getaway in this unique private community, close to Asheville. For more information about the community or to schedule a visit, contact Marley Knowles at (828) 682-1732, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit http://www.mountainairnc.com/ View the video preview at https://vimeo.com/288178561

 

Waiting for the Ceilings to Lift?

By Corbin Hallaran, Chief Safety Officer

Let’s say a private pilot is flying 300 miles to a destination that is forecast for a 1500-foot broken ceiling and five miles visibility. Those marginal conditions could tempt a pilot to attempt the flight, hoping that conditions could improve with the ceiling lifting and visibility improving while enroute. However, the conditions can just as easily deteriorate, and the pilot could encounter IFR conditions instead…a recipe for disaster for a non-instrument rated pilot. A VFR pilot should always err on the side of caution and cancel the flight until another day, but if the pilot has an IFR rating they can depart with confidence, because should conditions deteriorate the pilot would have the skills to navigate and land at the destination under IFR flight. That’s what makes an instrument rating so appealing.

 

Flying a plane in IFR conditions requires not just an IFR rating, but a good understanding of the local meteorological environment and resources available to predict changes in a local forecast. The IFR rated pilot may decide to file an IFR flight plan while the VFR pilot tries to get as far as they can until they encounter the clouds and rising terrain.

 

The most recent Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association’s Joseph T. Nall Aircraft Accident Report showed a decline in GA accidents for the number of hours flown. The highest lethality of weather-related accidents are VFR flights into IMC. Click here for the full report.

 

Acquiring the IFR rating for pilots begins with good planning with small goals to achieve, as it’s one of the more difficult ratings to get while being in my opinion the most rewarding. It’s like learning a new language. It will make the pilot more aware of the pitfalls on launching in to marginal weather. The insurers recognize its value by offering lower rates for IFR rated pilots.

 

Non-instrument rated pilots know some of the IFR aviation language, but the private pilot may not know how to apply it and be confident to use it. Let’s look at some goals and avenues to prepare for the IFR course.

 

Preparation and proficiency are the skills required for any flight, but when flying IFR there are details that must be 100 % verified or else the consequences can involve a hazardous risk to the pilot and passengers. There aren’t as many choices on a diversion plan in IFR as there is with a VFR flight. The weather must be verified and rechecked during the flight as well as pireps to develop a plan for your track to a successful arrival. Preparing for Basic Attitude Instrument (BAI) flying lesson is accomplished scanning the panel in the correct sequence for the correct phase of aircraft attitude, and this must be the foundation of the training before advancing to the next part of the course.

 

The IFR student must have good skills in the areas of workload, communication and cockpit organization to be successful. A deficiency with any of the three skills will increase the time to obtain the IFR rating and lead to missteps in meeting the goals. I’ve seen examples of this deficiency with student showing up for a lesson not prepared. I just cancel the lesson to show them it’s a serious misstep not to be prepared. One student showed up for a lesson we had briefed the day before and didn’t have approach plates readily available in the cockpit. Another student only had one pen to write down clearances, and the only pen fell under the seat. Guess what that student did after he lost the pen and didn’t have anything to write with? He was trying to fly the plane, reference the instruments under the hood, and look for the pen under the seat all at the same time. What did he learn? How to be prepared with a backup plan for anything in an airplane, including another pen or pencil readily available.

 

Another student had the approach plates in his flight bag, which was safely tucked into the back seat of a Cessna 182. Half way through his cross country he needed them, and they were hard to reach behind the pilot seat. He asked me to get them and I refused, asking what if the CFII was not here? He learned about the difficulty of flying the plane under the hood while multitasking for something that should have been done prior to departure. He learned a valuable lesson on preparation and organization when flying reference to instruments.

 

The Code of Federal Regulations 61.65 gives specific rating requirements. The largest requirement in the rating is the 50 hours of cross-country time as PIC with ten hours in airplanes for an instrument rating along with 40 hours of actual or simulated time referencing flight instruments, navigation and IFR ATC procedures, approaches and emergency operations.

 

Some questions the IFR applicant should answer before considering the IFR rating endeavor are:

  • Do I have enough time to allocate for flight training and ground training each week?
  • Do I get along with the CFI who will be training me, and am I comfortable with his/her teaching style?
  • Are the CFI’s schedule and my schedule compatible and flexible?
  • What is my financial investment to obtain this rating?
  • In what aircraft will I be learning to reference instruments?
  • When should I expect to take my check ride once I begin the training?
  • How much real cloud time experience can I expect during the training period?

 

Once the commitment is made to start the IFR training, a good CFI will have:

  • A syllabus and course outline of objectives and goals.
  • Commitment to the schedule
  • Prepared lesson plans
  • Measurement tool on progress
  • Ability to identify and correct the areas the applicant is struggling with
  • Ability and desire to fly in actual IFR conditions or at night
  • Preparation plan for the practical test

 

If you don’t already have it, think about your typical mission and whether an instrument rating will make you a safer pilot.

 

Premier’s Referral Program

 

One of our most important sources of new customers are referrals by members of the aviation community and our 1,700 sold customers. To recognize the value of referrals, Premier offers a substantial incentive if a referral results in an aircraft sale. To refer customers or for more information contact Jeff Owen at (954) 771-0411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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. Candidates must have aircraft sales experience to be considered. 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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PIREPS July 2018

PIREPS

 

Welcome to PIREPS!

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 flypas.com. For best mobile experience, view this newsletter in Desktop mode.

 

Thousands in Incentives for Remaining 2018 Mooney Ultras!

 

For a limited time, Premier is offering thousands of dollars of incentives with the purchase of a new Mooney Ultra! With the improved economy, we’ve sold almost all 2018 delivery slots for new Mooneys, but fortunately for you, Premier has an Acclaim Ultra demonstrator and two new Ovation Ultras that will be available for delivery in July.

 

Between now and the end of Oshkosh, these three aircraft include, AT NO EXTRA COST, factory transition training, an extended 4th and 5th year warranty ($25k value), $10k towards advanced training (like an instrument rating, commercial certificate, ATP, tail-wheel endorsement, aerobatic training, etc.), as well as a possible lease-back opportunity in select areas! The only thing you must do is place a 10% deposit, pick an N-number, and decide where you’re going on your first cross-country.

 

We make an aircraft purchase easy by taking trades and have great financing available. If you’re someone who likes to fly fast and reap the benefits of owning the safest, best built airplane in its class, you’re in luck! Give us a call today and schedule a demo flight that will leave a lasting smile on your face for years into ownership. You won’t regret it. Buyers with business use can depreciate the entire purchase in 2018 if they wish.

 

Mooney Aircraft 

Consider a Leaseback Mooney Ultra for More Economical Ownership

 

Premier is searching for buyers interested in leasing back their Ultra to Premier for demonstration purposes. The aircraft are flown only by highly qualified, high-time demo pilots. We are especially interested in planes based in the following key cities: Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, Atlanta and Daytona Beach, while others will be considered. A leaseback purchase can qualify you for substantial tax savings. Contact Fred Ahles, (954) 771-0411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Visit the Mooney and Diamond Booths for a Personal Showing or Demo at Oshkosh July 23-29

 

If you are thinking about taking advantage of the incentives on 2018 Ultras, consider visiting us at the Mooney display at Oshkosh! Factory experts and Premier’s sales representatives will be available to give you a personal showing and orientation to the Acclaim and Ovation Ultras. Serious buyers can pre-arrange a demo flight by contacting Lee Drumheller, (334) 663-3151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the start of Oshkosh.

 

Likewise, Diamond is planning a huge booth display to show off the 2018 Diamond DA62, DA42-VI and DA40 NG. Jeff Owen, VP Sales at Premier, will be on hand along with factory experts to show you the features and benefits of Diamond aircraft and answer any questions you have. Contact Jeff Owen at (954) 771-0411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on Diamond’s latest products.

 

The State of the Aircraft Market

By Barry Rutheiser, Regional Sales Manager

After owning 17 airplanes during my flying years and enjoying the opportunity to sell owner-flown private aircraft for almost 20 years, I wanted to share some thoughts on the current state of the personally-flown aircraft market.

 

Once the new tax code was announced late last year, there was a noticeable increase in folks looking for their first airplane, those looking to step up or step down, and some pilots looking for new aircraft. The used aircraft market is still the dominant segment, so in my experience the market took on a revival which I had not experienced in some time.

 

Now the market became reversed! Inventory, not customers, has become more challenging to find. Since most of our inventory is company-owned, we have extremely high standards for aircraft that we intend to inventory. We look for relatively newer aircraft with no damage history. While there is ample inventory out in the market presently, most are aircraft with “needs” such as engine, cosmetics, avionics, etc., but it is rare that we purchase an aircraft with damage history. Thus, the aircraft we would consider for inventory has narrowed down quite a bit.

 

Many customers are now entering into acquisition agreements, retaining us to find them the “right” aircraft for their needs and budget. Recently we engaged in an acquisition agreement with one customer and found him the aircraft he desired in only one week!

 

So, what are the lessons here? If you have a premier quality aircraft and you have been considering selling, now is a great time to contact us. We are eager to acquire the right planes at the right price.

 

Also, we encourage you to seek relatively low time (for year of manufacture) aircraft with no damage history, with cosmetics that require just a freshening-up and very few repair, replacement or upgrade. In the long run these are the types of aircraft may cost a bit more to purchase but be less expensive to maintain and, because they are premium-quality aircraft, when the time comes to sell they are considerably easier to market.

 

In short, I recommend taking the time to find to find a “bucket list” aircraft, as close as possible to your dream plane. Sinking a lot of money into to bringing a plane up to your expectations has a way of taking the thrill out of the purchase. And remember, you are not likely to recoup a major investment at sale.

 

If you are in the market to buy or sell, use an experienced dealer to help you obtain the best possible airplane for your dollar. Dealers who rely on return customers and referrals always strive to give you the best product available. And they are in the market place every day!

 

Visit Premier at AOPA in Gulf Shores, Alabama Oct. 26-27

 

It doesn’t hurt to plan ahead! AOPA’s Fly-In at the Jack Edwards National Airport (KJKA) Oct. 26-27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama provides a special opportunity for pilots to relax, learn, and connect with other pilots and enthusiasts. Whether you’re an aircraft owner, experienced pilot, rusty pilot, new pilot, student pilot, or just plain crazy about airplanes, an AOPA Fly-In has something for you. Premier Aircraft Sales’ representatives and factory experts and Premier’s sales representatives will be available to give you a personal showing and orientation to the Acclaim and Ovation Ultras. Subject to availability of aircraft, serious buyers can pre-arrange a demo flight by contacting Lee Drumheller, (334) 663-3151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the start of the show.

 

The combined two days are loaded to maximum gross with workshops, the Barnstormers Party, seminars, exhibits, world-class presenters, lots of aircraft, technologies, products, and services to make your flying more enjoyable, practical, and safe. For more information click here to visit AOPA’s website.

 

Visit Premier at AOPA in Gulf Shores, Alabama Oct. 26-27

 

Piper Magazine 

 

Proof positive of the excitement surrounding the new Premier Edition Piper Dakota, Premier Aircraft Sales’ new aircraft renovation program has made the cover of Piper Flyer magazine, along with an extensive story and review of the aircraft. The Premier Edition Piper Dakota gives aircraft owners a fully renovated, nearly-new looking plane for a fraction of the cost of buying a new one.

 

“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. Although the aircraft are highly customizable with additional equipment and features, the basic Dakota renovation 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
  • A new three-bladed propeller that increases performance and is quieter
  • 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

 

For more information, contact Barry Rutheiser at (954) 771-0411. More information about the program, and photos of a renovated plane, can be viewed on Premier’s inventory website page; 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. Candidates must have aircraft sales experience to be considered. 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..

 


 PIREPS © 2018 is a publication of Premier Aircraft Sales, Inc. All rights reserved.
No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part without the prior written consent of Premier Aircraft Sales, Inc.

PIREPS September 2017

PIREPS

 

Welcome to PIREPS!

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 flypas.com. 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: www.foodforthepoor.org.

 

Of course the American Red Cross is doing great work in the US, helping people in Texas and Florida—their website is www.redcross.org. 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

 

aepc

 

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 https://premieraircraftsales.com/index.php/aero-engine-protection-program 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

 

AOPA

 

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; https://premieraircraftsales.com/index.php/piper-aircraft-inventory/premier-edition-restoration-piper-dakota

 

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. https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2017/september/18/florida-keys-airport-plays-major-role-in-irma-relief?utm_source=eBrief&utm_medium=email

 

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..


 PIREPS © 2017 is a publication of Premier Aircraft Sales, Inc. All rights reserved.
No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part without the prior written consent of Premier Aircraft Sales, Inc.

PIREPS March 2017

PIREPS

 

Welcome to PIREPS!

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 flypas.com. For best mobile experience, view this newsletter in Desktop mode.

 

Visit Premier For a Briefing and Demo of the DA62 April 11-12!

 

Diamond DA62  

Are you evaluating the purchase of a twin-engine aircraft? Attending Sun ‘n Fun? Or live within driving or flying distance of Fort Lauderdale, Florida?  If so, you’ll want to see and demo the DA62, Diamond’s diesel-powered, optional seven-seat twin during its US demo tour stop April 11-12 at Premier Aircraft Sales or at Sun ‘n Fun April 4-9. An optional seven-seat twin, the DA62 cruises at 198 kts with a range of 1,285 nm and a full fuel payload of 1,033 lbs – all while burning 11.8 gallons per hour in long range cruise.

 

“The DA62 is available for showing and demos April 11-12 at Premier, located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) as well as at Plant City Airport during Sun ‘n Fun April 4-9,” says Jeff Owen, vice president for piston sales at Premier.  “We are setting aside two full days at FXE to give prospective owners as much time as they need for a comprehensive walk-around briefing about the aircraft. Serious buyers will be taken for a comprehensive demo to demonstrate the climb performance, handling capability, advanced avionics and cabin comfort of the plane.”

 

To schedule time for a briefing or demo on any of these dates, please call Owen at (954) 771-0411, email him here, or click here to fill out an appointment request. There are a limited number of 2017 production positions available.

 

Mooney Acclaim Ultra on Display at Sun ‘n Fun

 

Mooney Ultra

 

Mooney International’s Acclaim Ultra, Mooney’s new entry into the two-door, four seat, luxury interior general aviation marketplace – and the fastest piston single manufactured – will be on display at the Mooney booth at Sun ‘n Fun April 4-9.  Premier Aircraft Sales reps will be staffing the booth, ready to provide a detailed walk-around briefing and discuss purchase, financing and insurance to prospective buyers.  If you would like to schedule a day or time to meet with a Premier rep, please call Owen at (954) 771-0411, email him here, or click here to fill out an appointment request. Otherwise, just stop by! There are a limited number of 2017 production positions available.

 

Premier Launches Piper Dakota “Premier Edition” Refurbishment Program

By Fred Ahles, President

 

Premier is adding another line to its Premier Edition renovation and refurbishment program with the introduction of the Piper Dakota Premier Edition.  This program, fully-customizable to the needs of the owner, utilizes a pre-owned aircraft that undergoes a completely restored airframe, all new avionics, prop, engine, paint, interior and an annual inspection. Additionally, following the refurbishment program all major components are under warranty, giving the owner the financial benefit and peace of mind that warranties bring.

 

“We put this program into place to give four-seat Piper customers another option: a beautiful, like-new Dakota for half the price of a new 180 hp Archer,” says Fred Ahles, president of Premier.  “A Dakota carries full fuel, 4 people and baggage; that is what has made it such an iconic aircraft in the Piper line.” A recent customer, he noted, took delivery of a 1980 refurbished Dakota that is turning heads on the ramp. Click here to see a brochure containing before, during and after photos of the refurbishment process and final outcome.

 

Included in a restoration of the Premier Edition Piper Dakota is labor and materials to remove  all flight controls, chemically strip the airplane, sand and grind all aluminum and steel parts, acid etching, alodining, epoxy priming and sanding, repairing all fiberglass and plastic pieces on the airplane and epoxy surface priming. The base coat applied is Matterhorn White and buyer custom-selects their choice of exterior stripes as available in the 2016 Piper Archer DX brochure. In addition, this airplane is delivered with new stainless steel hardware.

 

Like the exterior, the interior is stripped bare of the instrument panel, seats, side panels, headliner and carpet.  All-new avionics are installed per your unique specifications.  You have a choice of interior color schemes and will customize to your taste.  For more information, contact Fred Ahles at (954) 771-0411 or click here.

 

Premier Appoints Corbin Hallaran Vice President for Customer Service with Responsibility Spanning Both Service and Sales

 

corbinhallaran200x280Corbin Hallaran, long-time Director of Customer Service for the sales division of Premier, has been promoted to Vice President for Customer Service with responsibilities spanning both maintenance and sales at Premier.

 

“Corbin is a highly-respected member of the Premier team and has been with us since the beginning,” says Fred Ahles, President.  “He has not only been responsible for all safety and training activity of the company, but is our go-to guy for solving the inevitable unexpected problems that can crop up during aircraft purchase and delivery. His wealth of project management and customer service knowledge, when focused on maintenance, will bring our shop to a new level of efficiency and on-time delivery of aircraft to their owners.” Corbin is an ATP with over 8,000 hours.

 

Premier Aircraft Service is an authorized service center for Cessna, Diamond, Mooney, Lycoming and Centurion-Continental.  In addition, we have extensive experience with Piper, Cirrus and Beechcraft.  We are an FAA Part 145 repair station with 8 technicians trained to service both piston and turbine aircraft. To discuss your maintenance, repair or retrofit needs contact Ray Bysiewicz, director of maintenance, at (954) 334-2393 or click here.

 

Premier Appoints Lee Drumheller New Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast US

 

leedrumheller200x280Lee Drumheller, former Director of Customer Service in the Auburn, Alabama office, was recently promoted to Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast US region.

 

“This is an exciting opportunity for Lee and logical step for a man who has, time and time again, demonstrated has extensive knowledge of piston aircraft and has brought high praise from customers,” says Fred Ahles, president of Premier.  “Lee will be leading new Mooney and Diamond sales in his territory and sells Premier’s extensive inventory of pre-owned Beechcraft, Cessna, Cirrus, Diamond, Mooney and Piper aircraft.” In addition, Drumheller will accept acquisition agreements from customers who seek aircraft with specific features that are not currently advertised, using Premier’s worldwide network of “off market” inventory sources.

 

Drumheller, who has been a pilot for seven years, has 800+ plus hours as pilot in command.  He holds a private pilot with an instrument rating and recently earned his tail wheel endorsement; he is also a graduate of Auburn University’s well-regarded aviation program.  During his two years at Premier, he has been directly involved in every transaction of the Southeast US office. He replaces Richard Simile. Contact Lee at (334) 663-3151 or click here.

 

New Aircraft Management Program Announced for Light Jets and Turboprop Aircraft Owners

By Art Spengler, Vice President of Operations

Aircraft Management 

Responding to numerous requests from jet and turboprop owners, Premier has launched a new Aircraft Management Program under the direction of Art Spengler, vice president of operations and Susan McKenzie, manager of closing operations at Premier.

 

“Business aircraft owners are extremely busy people who often don’t have time in their schedules to keep track of their maintenance schedules, scheduling of pilots and other tasks,” says Spengler. “We take the management work off their shoulders and make sure the aircraft is flight-ready at all times.” The owners of aircraft currently managed under this program, notes Spengler, have been extremely complimentary about the service.

 

Services provided under the program include:

 

  • Hiring/scheduling pilots
  • Scheduling maintenance such as annuals, 100-hours, service bulletins, and required and recommended maintenance on component parts
  • Managing paperwork for insurance, hangaring, fuel, etc.

 

For more information about this service, contact Art Spengler at (954) 771-0411 or click here.

 

Manny’s Maintenance Minute: 50 Hour Inspections

By Emmanuel Vicioso, Inspector

 

When it’s time to change the oil on your beloved personal aircraft, take advantage of the technician performing the work and ask for a 50 hr inspection. Some manufacturers include it in their annual/100 hr inspection check list, but if yours doesn’t, worry not my friend… here’s a sample list:

 

Visually inspect the following:

 

  1. Brakes for condition
  2. Tires for wear condition
  3. Battery service/installation
  4. Engine oil and fuel lines for leaks
  5. Exhaust system for leaks
  6. Alternator belt for condition
  7. Induction air filter condition

 

Remember, the operator/owner is ultimately responsible for the preventive maintenance schedule of each aircraft, so keep this list in mind next time your aircraft is in for service. At Premier Aircraft Service, we’ve caught a couple of dangerous fuel leaks, worn to the metal brake pads and flat spotted tires (just to name a few) from many first time customers that were in just for an oil change and opted for the 50 hr. inspection. It’s a small investment now to prevent a large bill down the road. 

Happy flying!


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