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PIREPS September 2017



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 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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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



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 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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