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.
16 08, 2019

What are the Best Aircraft Financing Options? How to Pay For That Plane You Really Want!

By |2019-08-16T19:47:22+00:00August 16th, 2019|Educational|

Do you have to be a celebrity like Oprah or Jay Z to own an aircraft? While owning a luxury jet may seem unattainable, there are ways for the average Joe to finance an aircraft, it just might not be a $45 Million Dollar Gulfstream. Despite what people think about aircraft and their values, there are aircraft for every budget. Are you a pilot without a plane? Have you completed the requirements to become a pilot and are wondering, [...]

15 08, 2019

Inadequate Physical Security Leads to Potential Cyber Threat By Eric Puype, Esq., CPP, PCI

By |2019-08-15T21:26:53+00:00August 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

What comes to mind when you think of a malicious actor conducting a cyberattack?  Do you think of a person behind a laptop in a dark room located in some distant city trying to penetrate a network through known vulnerabilities created by weak security protocols?  I bet you don’t think of someone trying to gain access to an airport, its hangers, or aircraft, for the purpose of conducting a cyberattack on an airplane's avionics.  Well, you should, as [...]

12 08, 2019

American Society of Appraisers (ASA) Appraisal Methodology Guide

By |2019-08-12T16:26:56+00:00August 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

An appraisal is an opinion of value, and it can be verbal or written. The truth is when it comes to appraising aircraft, the quality of the report is based on several factors, but what you are paying for is that appraisers experience. Hire the wrong appraiser, and your dreams of owning an aircraft will come to an end. Experience is not something you can google or research. It is only earned through decades of hard work and [...]

5 08, 2019

Cautiously Embracing 5G Technology By Eric Puype, Esq., CPP, PCI

By |2019-08-05T14:57:07+00:00August 5th, 2019|Educational|

Eric Puype is an expert witness and litigation consultant for VREF. He is a decorated combat veteran with over 20 years of physical and cybersecurity experience working with the government and private sector, and he holds a CPP and PCI with ASIS International. Eric is a licensed attorney and an active member of the Idaho State Bar. Undoubtedly everyone has heard of Fifth Generation Mobile Network (5G) technology, but most do not know what this technology is and [...]

26 07, 2019


By |2019-07-26T20:08:04+00:00July 26th, 2019|Educational|

Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is a urea-based chemical that is added to ground vehicle emissions systems to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. DEF is not designed, nor approved, for use in jet fuel. If it is inadvertently added to jet fuel, as has happened in several incidents over the last 2 years, DEF will react with certain chemical components to form crystalline deposits in the fuel system. The crystalline deposits can then accumulate on filters, engine fuel nozzles, [...]

26 07, 2019

How to Buy an Airplane for the First Time: A Buyers’ Guide for Beginners

By |2019-07-26T16:58:50+00:00July 26th, 2019|Educational|

Have you ever had the dream of owning an aircraft? Does the thought elicit fantasy-like imagery of you soaring above the clouds as you jettison off to some Carribean island? If it's always been your dream to own a plane, it might be more financially viable then you thought. There are not only several ways you can potentially afford the aircraft of your dreams, but also some creative ways to get in the air quickly. Today, you don't [...]

22 07, 2019

5 of the Most Expensive Luxury Airplanes In the World

By |2019-07-22T19:53:39+00:00July 22nd, 2019|Educational|

A penthouse with an incredible view, a fleet of expensive cars, and a sophisticated, stylish wardrobe are all ways to show off your wealth. The ultimate sign that you've got the bank account to back it up is much bigger than all of that. We're talking about luxury airplanes. A jet-setter who's set on having their own jet has an average worth of $1.5 billion. It's not easy to secure a loan, go through the right channels to [...]

22 07, 2019

Why (USPAP) Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Compliance Is So Important

By |2019-07-22T16:53:05+00:00July 22nd, 2019|Educational|

Appraisals and appraisers are not all the same, and once you realize that accreditation is optional, how can you protect yourself from a lousy evaluation? The need to hire an appraiser is never apparent until you need one. For example, say you want to figure out how much great grandma's diamond ring is worth for your new insurance policy? Or maybe you need to figure out the value of another pricey item you'd like to sell, such as [...]

18 07, 2019

How to Get Your Best Deal When You Buy a Helicopter

By |2019-07-18T18:57:27+00:00July 18th, 2019|Educational|

With the average helicopter costing anywhere from $250,000 to $1,700,000 you better bet finding a deal is worth the effort. But how do you shop savvy, and how do you recognize areas you can cut back on without risking the quality and safety of your new aircraft? Not to worry, here's a simple guide on how to get the best deal when you buy a helicopter. Finding a Deal When You Buy a Helicopter Freedom, adventure, convenience, what more [...]