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Lee Rohde Featured In Business Aviation Advisor Magazine

May 14th, 2015 | Posted in: news
Business Aviation Article

Lee Rohde, President & CEO, Essex Aviation Group, recently shared his industry insight in an article featured in Business Aviation Advisor Magazine!

The article, titled “Flight Planning with Your Family Office” detailed the need for family offices to partner with a knowledgeable business aviation consultant to make investment decisions and provided tips for finding the right partner for your family office.

Read the full article: Flight Planning with Your Family Office

Visit the Business Aviation Advisor Magazine website to access the digital version of the complete May/June issue.

 

 

 

Essex Aviation Group Proud To Manage Aircraft Acquistion That Helps Save Lives

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in: Events

Citation CJ3 acquired on behalf of New England Organ Bank

Essex Aviation Group, Inc. (Essex) recently completed a successful aircraft acquisition for New England Organ Bank (NEOB), the oldest independent organ procurement organization in the country. Essex provided pre-acquisition counsel in order to select the most efficient means to meet NEOB’s on-demand transportation needs, and then successfully managed the entire aircraft acquisition process. In the end, a Citation CJ3 was leased by NEOB.

NEOB serves 12 transplant centers in the region with the combined capacity to perform all types of organ transplants. Through their nine regional offices, NEOB provides clinical support to evaluate and surgically recover organs and tissue for transplantation and research. NEOB provides information, support and resources to donor next of kin and works to educate the general public on the importance of registering as donors through the driver’s license process.

“This was a unique project for us, we had to consider many different factors that don’t usually come up during a typical acquisition,” said Lee Rohde, President & CEO of Essex. “NEOB required an aircraft that could be ready for travel at a very short notice, could provide speed and range but also efficiently satisfy many shorter leg flights and smaller airport destinations, as well as offer a cabin size that can accommodate variable numbers of passengers and equipment. The CJ3 they selected will meet all of their needs.”

Essex was able to identify an aircraft that satisfied the mission and budget through a process of listening and focusing on the preferences and requirements of the NEOB, using industry knowledge of aircraft specifications and leveraging their ability to negotiate within the market.

“The task of organizing an organ transport process that meets critical timeframes had been made possible for several decades through the use of business aircraft, specifically through various on-demand, third party charter aircraft utilizing various service providers,” said Christopher Curran, Director of Organ Operations and Surgical Recovery at NEOB.

“When it became clear that utilizing a dedicated aircraft might be a logical alternative, we called Lee Rohde and Tom Mitchell at Essex Aviation Group to work with us. Essex streamlined the whole process by listening to our needs, giving us advice and walking us step-by-step through the acquisition. Without Essex, we would likely still be searching for an aircraft instead of already being fully operational,” Curran concluded.

New England Organ Bank is the federally-designated OPO for all or part of the six New England states. In addition to this regional coverage, NEOB provides services to Bermuda and is organized under a Board of Trustees and a Clinical Policy Board. To learn more visit http://www.neob.org/. To register as a donor, visit www.DonateLife.net.

Essex Aviation Group, Inc. was founded in 2013 with the primary goal of providing clients with the most current industry knowledge and experience, a vital component in evaluating the many options available to meet their business and private aviation transportation needs. Essex has experience advising and representing clients in a wide range of services, including: New or pre-owned aircraft acquisitions, new aircraft completion management, pre-owned aircraft refurbishment and upgrade management, block and ad hoc charter services and more. To learn more, visit http://www.essexaviation.com/ or call 603-766-1390.

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Lee Rohde Quoted In October 2014 Issue Of The Robb Report

October 29th, 2014 | Posted in: Events

Lee Rohde, President, Essex Aviation Group, Inc., was recently quoted in two articles featured in the October 2014 issue of the Robb Report.

The first article, “Secondary Thoughts” focused on the economy’s effect on the supply and demand of pre-owned aircraft. To read the whole article visit http://robbreport.com/aviation/secondary-thoughts.

The second article “Flexing Its Muscle” focused on the lingering effects of the financial crash on the fractional world of the aviation industry. To read the whole article visit http://robbreport.com/aviation/flexing-its-muscle.

Aircraft Wanted For IMMEDIATE Lease!

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in: Events

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Essex Aviation Group has been retained to acquire a CJ3, CJ4, Lear 45XR or Hawker 800XP under a lease agreement for up to four years.

Immediate entry into service is desired, contact Lee Rohde today:

603-766-1391 (direct)
603-765-9283 (mobile)
lrohde@essexaviation.com

Essex Aviation Group, Inc. Successfully Represents Client In Obtaining Helicopter & Aircraft Transportation Services

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted in: Events

Essex Aviation Group, Inc., recently completed another successful project, representing their client through the process of obtaining helicopter and aircraft transportation services. The client is a Northeast-based high net worth family office who was introduced to Essex by another advisory firm the family office utilizes.

From the beginning of the selection process, Essex assisted the client by identifying and evaluating various operators capable of satisfying the family’s unique helicopter transportation requirements. The process included identifying and evaluating several alternative program structures provided by multiple helicopter operators in order to select which provider would align with their defined transportation needs most effectively, efficiently and favorably.

In the end, Essex successfully represented the client in the negotiations and final agreement with Associated Air Group (AAG). For more than 20 years, AAG has been providing executive travel for, helicopter and fixed wing charter flights, as well as fractional ownership programs, aircraft management and helicopter maintenance services at their Teterboro, NJ, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Providence, R.I.., and Philadelphia. PA., locations. With the Northeast’s largest fleet of S-76 aircraft, AAG is the only executive helicopter company to operate its own FAA Part 145 maintenance facility and is a Sikorsky Authorized Customer Support Center www.flyaag.com.

Additionally, Essex assisted the client by evaluating the various options available to meet the family’s annual aircraft transportation requirements. The process included identifying and evaluating various proposals from flight service providers and arrangers in order to select which would align most effectively with their defined transportation needs. Essex subsequently represented the client in the negotiations and final agreement with VistaJet US who has been appointed to arrange flight services as an agent for the family office, including the new Global aircraft flight solutions program in the United States, which began operations in March 2014.

VistaJet owns, operates and provides access to the largest privately owned Bombardier business aircraft fleet – of over 40 aircraft – the majority of which are large cabin, long-range Bombardier Global and Challengers. Renowned for its consistency around the globe and as the only provider to offer an identical cabin design throughout the fleet, VistaJet’s global strategy of connecting its customers to every corner of the world with point-to-point coverage has made it the clear market leader with unparalleled experience flying into, and out of, the hardest-to-reach destinations. News and information are available at www.vistajet.com.

“This client had some unique requirements that had to be taken into consideration during each step of the process,” said Lee Rohde, President & CEO, Essex. “We are proud we were able to find the ideal solution for each of the client’s needs and represent them through the final negotiations of both agreements.”

VistaJet US Inc. will not act as a direct or indirect air carrier within the U.S., but solely as agent for its customers to arrange flights on aircraft operated by Jet Aviation Flight Services, Inc., a licensed U.S. direct air carrier or other licensed U.S. direct air carriers. Jet Aviation Flight Services, Inc. will maintain full operational control of all flights arranged by VistaJet US Inc. on behalf of its customers.

Essex Aviation Group, Inc. was founded in 2013 with the primary goal of providing clients with the most current industry knowledge and experience, a vital component in evaluating the many options available to meet their business and private aviation transportation needs. Essex has experience advising and representing clients in a wide range of services, including: new or pre-owned aircraft acquisitions, new aircraft completion management, pre-owned aircraft refurbishment and upgrade management, block and ad hoc charter services and more. To learn more, visit http://www.essexaviation.com/ or call 603-766-1390.

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Essex Featured In Business Aviation Advisor Magazine

May 22nd, 2014 | Posted in: Events
There's No Place to Pull Over at 41,000 Feet

Thomas W. Mitchell, Executive Vice President, Essex Aviation Group, recently shared his expertise in an article for Business Aviation Advisor Magazine!

The article, titled “There’s No Place to Pull Over at 41,000 Feet” focused on the need for business aircraft owners and operators to have a dedicated maintenance technician, as well as provided tips for the qualities to look for when hiring a technician.

Read the full article: Business Aviation Advisor Essex Aviation Group Article

Visit the Business Aviation Advisor Magazine website to view all the featured articles and access the digital version of the June issue.

Essex Aviation Group, Inc. Completes Technical Audit On GIV

May 7th, 2014 | Posted in: Events

Essex Aviation Group, Inc. (Essex) recently completed a technical audit on a GIV-SP in order to determine for the lender whether the aircraft currently met the expectations of its condition and presumed market value.

In order to perform the audit, Essex completed a physical inspection of the aircraft, as well as providing an extensive research of the aircraft’s maintenance records. Of major concern was ensuring that modifications and installed equipment were properly approved as well as methods of repairs caused by damage. With the aircraft rarely on the ground, Essex was required to inspect the aircraft at a distant geographical location while performing an extensive records research at its home base.

In addition, due to the aircraft having been registered and operated in a total of four (4) separate foreign countries, Essex had to provide a high degree of effort to ensure all maintenance entries, recorded in various languages, were complete and offered required traceability.

“A few unique twists required us to devote some additional time and effort to complete this audit,” says Lee Rohde, President & CEO, Essex. “However, all parties involved were very satisfied with the end result.”

Essex Aviation Group, Inc. was founded in 2013 with the primary goal of providing clients with the most current industry knowledge and experience, a vital component in evaluating the many options available to meet their business and private aviation transportation needs. Essex has experience advising and representing clients in a wide range of services, including: New or pre-owned aircraft acquisitions, new aircraft completion management, pre-owned aircraft refurbishment and upgrade management, block and ad hoc charter services and more. To learn more, visit or call 603-766-1390.

GIV Technical Audit

Tom Mitchell Joins Essex as Executive Vice President

March 3rd, 2014 | Posted in: Events, news

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Essex Aviation Group, Inc. (Essex) recently announced Tom Mitchell has joined their team as Executive Vice President. Tom will be based at their L.G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts location and will begin his new position immediately.

Tom brings nearly 35 years of experience to Essex, specifically in flight operations, technical support, and aircraft management. Most recently, Tom has focused on opportunities to assist clients in optimizing all aspects of their aircraft ownership experience, including the aircraft selection process, technical surveys, modification and refurbishment projects, and providing general guidance throughout the entire acquisition process.

“Tom is the perfect addition to our group at Essex,” says Lee Rohde, President & CEO, Essex Aviation Group, Inc. “His extensive experience in a wide range of areas will bring significant value to our current and future clients, I am confident he will be an integral part of Essex’s continued growth in the industry.”

Before joining Essex, Tom held the position of Senior Vice President at Aviation Management Systems Inc. (2010- 2014). Tom also held a flight department manager position with Liberty Mutual, as well as nearly 20 years as a member of the senior management team for Jet Aviation. In addition, Tom is an FAA licensed Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) for both airframes and engines and holds a current FAA Inspection Authorization (I.A.).

You can contact Tom directly at 781-502-2288 or tmitchell@essexaviation.com.

Essex Aviation Group, Inc. was founded in 2013 with the primary goal of providing clients with the most current industry knowledge and experience, a vital component in evaluating the many options available to meet their business and private aviation transportation needs. Essex has experience advising and representing clients in a wide range of services, including: New or pre-owned aircraft acquisitions, new aircraft completion management, pre-owned aircraft refurbishment and upgrade management, block and ad hoc charter services and more. To learn more, visit http://essexaviation.com/ or call 603-766-1390.

Essex Aviation Welcomes Tom Mitchell

“Two Sides to the Story” – Robb Report article by Larry Bean

December 7th, 2013 | Posted in: Articles

President and CEO, Lee Rohde, was recently quoted in the Robb Report article “Two Sides to the Story”.

“Leasing started after clients had taken significant hits on their capital investments in fractional shares,” says Private Aviation Advisory Board member Lee Rohde, president and CEO of the aviation-consulting firm Essex Aviation Group. “The benefit is that there is no capital exposure. You don’t have to worry about the buy-back rate when you’re ready to sell your share or laying out a large sum when you buy the share.” – See more at: http://robbreport.com/aviation/two-sides-story#sthash.e1zWlYpe.dpuf