Business Aviation

Business & Corporate Aviation Consultants

Essex Aviation Group brings decades of business aviation consulting experience to the table to help corporations find the ideal match for their transportation needs.

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    About Essex Aviation

    With a combined 100+ years of experience in the private aviation industry and an unshakeable commitment to providing unbiased and exceptional service to corporate clients, the business aviation consultants at Essex Aviation Group are more than qualified to help you achieve your transportation goals. Whether your company is looking to expand its existing fleet, reevaluate its current utilization model or make its very first foray into the world of private aviation, Essex is prepared to offer you professional guidance and support every step of the way.

    Our Approach

    We begin every corporate aviation consulting engagement by working closely with the client to determine their needs and preferences. Experience has proven that it’s just as important for us to understand what hasn’t worked for clients in the past as it is for us to understand their travel goals, their desired specifications and what make or model aircraft they’re looking for.

    In addition to analyzing each client’s travel records and confirming which destinations they frequently fly to, we also discuss their expectations for future travel so that we can come up with a workable, long-term solution based on their needs. We leverage a wide variety of resources, including database subscriptions, manufacturers’ sales brochures and actual performance data derived from our network of operators and service providers. These resources, when combined with our own industry knowledge and expertise, enable us to surface information and determine which option makes the most sense for you.

    The final result is a private aviation solution tailored to your unique travel requirements and capable of serving your business both now and in the future.

    Our Services

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    Meet the Team

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    President & CEO

    H. Lee Rohde, III

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    Mr. Lee Rohde is the founder, President and CEO of Essex Aviation Group, Inc. (Essex), a broad-based business and private aviation aircraft acquisition and consulting firm located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Lee brings over 30 years of experience in financial and operational analysis, manufacturing, distribution and corporate business development. He advises aviation related clients on a wide range of aircraft acquisition, strategic planning, financial, operational and management matters.

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    Executive Vice President

    Thomas W. Mitchell

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    Mr. Thomas W. Mitchell, Executive Vice President of Essex Aviation Group, Inc., leverages over 45 years of experience in the business aviation industry. Tom’s many roles and responsibilities have encompassed flight operations support, technical evaluations, aircraft management and numerous projects that integrate and optimize private aircraft to better support both business and personal use.

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    Executive Vice President

    Michael J. Moore

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    Mike is an aviation professional with over 25 years of aircraft management, sales and air charter experience.  He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Studies with a concentration in Management, and an Associate’s Degree in Aviation Business Administration.  His experience includes Manager of Charter Sales for PrivatAir, President and Co-founder of Infinity Aviation Group, and Vice-President of Aircraft Sales & Acquisitions at

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    Why Essex?


    We accept no commissions, referral fees or any other forms of compensation from any third parties. At Essex, we work solely for our clients, offering unbiased and uncompromised advice.

    Unparalleled Expertise

    Lee Rohde, Tom Mitchell and Mike Moore have been working in the aviation business for a combined 100+ years. Passionate about aviation since they were young, Lee, Tom and Mike provide a unique combination of experience and a wealth of unparalleled knowledge while advocating for their clients’ interests.


    We are committed to protecting the privacy of our clients. Every agreement we enter into includes privacy and confidentiality clauses, which are strictly adhered to by every member of Essex Aviation.

    Honest & Fair

    Essex is a well-respected consumer advocate within the aviation industry, known for our character and honesty. It is our desire to form and maintain long-term relationships with our clients and remain accountable for the analysis and support of past and ongoing decisions.

    Our Testimonials

    Our Clients Say It Best

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    “Essex Aviation’s guidance and data analysis was crucial to our successful first CJ3 lease and later our CJ4 purchase. The expertise of Essex allowed us to understand more fully our flight metrics, history, costs and how to match our future aviation needs with available options in a way that would not have been possible on our own.”

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    Alexandra Glazier, President and CEO

    New England Donor Services

    “I engaged Essex Aviation to prepare an analysis of large cabin aircraft that best met my needs. Their process was comprehensive and thorough. After an exhaustive search of available aircraft, they represented me on the acquisition, negotiation and importation of a long range aircraft and then oversaw a comprehensive customization of the entire plane. Throughout the process, Essex was a knowledgeable, trustworthy and detail oriented partner.”

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    Daniel R.

    “Lee and Tom are the dynamic duo you've been looking for. Their collective skills provide exacting coverage on every detail needed when considering an airplane purchase or refurbishment. I worked with them on a lengthy process, from identification of plane, purchase, full refurbishment, staff assignments thru delivery. I was never once disappointed. Perfect personalities for even the pickiest of clients!”

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    Heidi M.

    “Essex Aviation facilitated an end-of-lease process for a large aircraft and assisted us with structuring a subsequent lease extension. The transactions had several challenging issues that required expert counseling and negotiation. The Essex team is friendly, prompt, easy to work with, and most importantly, simply the best at what they do. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

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    Joe Stone, CFO

    Sartini Enterprises, Inc.

    “Throughout my career as a family office executive, Essex Aviation has been my go to aviation expert. Lee and Tom have guided me through the most complex aircraft acquisition while being able to meet difficult client deadlines. The Essex team has provided key analysis ranging from the mundane, such as the interpretation of the placement of a placard on an aircraft to negotiations relating to an engine care program. Lee and Tom are key partners in all aspects of family office aviation matters.”

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    John Castrucci, Family Office Executive & Founder

    Global Family Office Advisors

    “We had a very positive experience with Essex. We found them to be competent, professional and objective. They dedicated a significant amount of time to providing an extremely insightful evaluation of our aircraft division. The report detailed strengths and weaknesses in our operation, together with constructive recommendations . They interacted very well with the staff and were able to elicit accurate and honest information.”

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    Michael M.

    Northeast based Family Office

    Additional Resources

    Navigating Private Aviation: A 20,000’ View

    Essex President and CEO Lee Rohde offers insights into key considerations for selecting a private aviation utilization model in this webinar hosted by Silicon Valley Bank.

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    Ask These Questions Before Making Your Next Aviation Decision

    Private aviation offers numerous benefits, but each service option comes with its pros and cons. Find out whether a membership/card program, charter, fractional or dedicated aircraft model is right for you — and how a private aviation consultant can help you make an informed decision — in this free eBook.