About Jason Zilberbrand

Jason Zilberbrand is the President of VREF Aircraft Value Reference & Appraisal Services. After spending 25 years in General Aviation working directly with aircraft owners, operators and owning and operating his own aircraft, Jason knows the aviation marketplace and aircraft values. He is considered an expert in aircraft valuations, and his background is diverse with equal knowledge in technology and aviation. Previously to working at VREF, Jason Co-Founded Aurum Jets the largest aircraft brokerage firm in Russia and the representative for numerous Government officials and Large Privately held businesses. He was the President and co-founder of The Jet Collection, a corporate aircraft dealership specializing in new aircraft positions and long-range aircraft models, generating over 3 Billion in aircraft sales in 5-years. Under Jason's leadership, The Jet Collection became the largest inventory dealership in North America specializing in Pre-Delivery Contracts. He developed key marketing campaigns that have been implemented by competitive companies and he is an expert contract negotiator. Jason was born into aviation as his family founded Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) in 1989 and he worked for Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) from 1994-2004 as Vice President of Sales for the Central U.S. Jason has successfully completed over 4 Billion in transactions and continues to exceed the needs of his customers and clients. He graduated with National Honors from Roosevelt University in Chicago as well as a lifetime member of the Benjamin Franklin Honor Society. Jason is an avid Triathlete, marathon runner, swimmer and cyclist and enjoys spending time with his family. VREF is aviation’s most trusted valuation guide and data source since 1994 providing valuations on all fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, engines as well as a comprehensive reference on all modifications, upgrades and maintenance expenses. VREF is the official valuation guide of AOPA and the only SaaS cloud-based valuation platform in aviation with over 7000 assets being tracked daily.
18 04, 2019

The Dos and Don’ts of Hiring Aircraft Appraisers

By |2019-04-18T14:58:20+00:00April 18th, 2019|Educational|

The joy of taking flight is one like no other. The business of getting to that take off though can be another matter. The purchase or sale of an airplane isn't exactly an everyday sale. For many buying or selling an aircraft, it'll be their first time at the rodeo. That's all the more reason to be prepared when getting into an aircraft transaction. Hiring an aircraft appraiser is an important part of the aircraft transaction process. If [...]

10 04, 2019

Why You Should Involve a Professional Aircraft Appraiser During Purchase

By |2019-04-10T21:05:20+00:00April 10th, 2019|Educational|

Depending on the type, an aircraft can cost as much as $21,000,000. That’s a heck a lot of money! So why would you want to risk all that for an aircraft with hidden damages? Getting an aircraft appraiser is the best way to ensure that you get value for your money. You get to avoid overpaying for insurance and other related taxes. The appraiser will also help you better understand the type of aircraft you want to buy [...]

10 04, 2019

4 Vital Things That Affect the Aircraft Values for Helicopters

By |2019-04-10T21:03:16+00:00April 10th, 2019|Educational|

In 2016, there were just over 56,000 helicopters in the world. Over half of these were designated military helicopters. With such a low number of helicopters in the world, the aircraft tends to hold its value. However, the pricing range of helicopters can vary greatly. Costs can range between $37,500 for small, single-person helicopters to $21,000,000 for an AgustaWestland AW101. But how do you determine the value of a helicopter? Which factors determine aircraft values? Keep reading to learn 4 [...]

9 04, 2019

4 Vital Things That Affect the Aircraft Values for Helicopters

By |2019-04-09T14:06:19+00:00April 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

In 2016, there were just over 56,000 helicopters in the world. Over half of these were designated military helicopters. With such a low number of helicopters in the world, the aircraft tends to hold its value. However, the pricing range of helicopters can vary greatly. Costs can range between $37,500 for small, single-person helicopters to $21,000,000 for an AgustaWestland AW101. But how do you determine the value of a helicopter? Which factors determine aircraft values? Keep reading to learn 4 [...]

8 04, 2019

FAA Issues Policy Statement for Operating Without ADS-B

By |2019-04-08T21:14:44+00:00April 8th, 2019|Educational|

The FAA issued a policy statement establishing the requirement for operators to obtain ATC authorizations to fly aircraft that are not ADS–B Out equipped while flying in  ADS–B-mandated airspace beginning in January 2020. It should be noted that obtaining these clearances will not be guaranteed and might not be made available. Taking that as the BIG hint that it is, we highly suggest you get ADS-B equipped ASAP. Under the policy, the operator must make the request to [...]

8 04, 2019

Here Is Why a Professional Aircraft Mechanic Is Very Important

By |2019-04-08T17:01:22+00:00April 8th, 2019|Educational|

Aircraft safety is so important and is a non-negotiable in the aviation world. In fact, over 2 million passengers fly in and out of the U.S. every single day. That's over 2 million people in the air that need to be protected. If you're interested in joining the aviation workforce by becoming a mechanic, check out all the reasons a professional aviation mechanic is important. Educated in the Field of Aviation You may be wondering what the requirements [...]

5 04, 2019

4 Aircraft Maintenance Tips to Boost Your Helicopter Value

By |2019-04-05T18:40:35+00:00April 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

For some, owning a helicopter is simply a source of high-flying excitement and entertainment. Others purchase a helicopter as an investment that they can sell to make money down the road. And, of course, there are those that hope their helicopter hobby will produce a profit, as well as some fun memories while they wait to cash in on their wings. But, whether you're hoping for good times or a good return, your helicopter is bound to give [...]

5 04, 2019

Why Is the USPAP Certification Statement Important?

By |2019-04-05T18:37:20+00:00April 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

It's currently estimated that there are between 23,000 and 39,000 airplanes in the world. That number is surprisingly low, making aircraft still highly valuable in today's market. If you have a large investment such as an airplane, you want to be sure you receive the best price for it. But you don't want to go to just any aircraft appraisal company. You want to be sure your company follows the rules of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). [...]

2 04, 2019

What to Consider When Shopping for Your Corporate Private Plane

By |2019-04-02T15:21:20+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Educational|

There are many markers of success in business. From a killer initial public offering to spending years in the black, success is hard to come by and so rewarding when you find it. One thing that demonstrates your company is doing well is your own private plane. A company plane is no small investment. You want to make sure, when you buy it, that you pick the best one possible. If you're new to the plane-buying game, then you [...]