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.
9 10, 2019

Why You Need a Pre-Buy Aircraft Inspection

By |2019-10-09T15:39:29+00:00October 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

You can buy a plane without doing a pre-buy or pre-purchase, but that doesn't mean you should. When you start shopping for an aircraft, it's easy to fall in love with something and let your passion for the plane take hold. You've got to be smart, though, because buying an aircraft is a big purchase on multiple levels. Buyers often rush into a purchase for fear of losing out on the plane to someone else. That doesn't mean [...]

8 10, 2019

The Aircraft Acquisition Process Explained And the Secrets to Buying an Aircraft

By |2019-10-09T14:09:39+00:00October 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

So here are some tips and secrets. If you've been entertaining the notion of jet-setting in your private plane, we understand the appeal. You can avoid the lines, the wait, and the hassle of regular air travel. Just think, no more security, no more screaming babies, no more cramped seats. You get the picture. Buying an airplane comes with a great deal of freedom and planning. Owning your aircraft, whether big or small, will allow you to travel [...]

8 10, 2019

Featured Executive Aircraft: The Embraer Phenom 300

By |2019-10-08T20:37:54+00:00October 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Embraer Phenom 300 broke the mold of the light business jet when it was introduced in 2009. Embraer, the Brazilian aerospace manufacturer, responded to requests from its customers for a larger jet (bigger than the Phenom 100) with great success. Since 2012, the Phenom 300 has accounted for more than half of the light jet's market share! Read on to learn more about how the Phenom 300 stands out from its competition in the light jet industry! Increased Capacity [...]

8 10, 2019

The Most Affordable Corporate Jets for Your Business

By |2019-10-08T20:26:34+00:00October 8th, 2019|Educational|

Although there are 5,000 airports in the U.S., only 500 of them get regular commercial service. Moreover, of those 500, only 70 airports offer frequent commercial flights. Businesses still need to get from A to B. One solution for today's global market is corporate aircraft. Read on to learn about aircraft valuation for three of the most affordable corporate jets.  Are Corporate Jets Doable? If you thought that Fortune 500 companies make up the most significant component of private [...]

6 10, 2019

Featured Pre-Owned Aircraft: Bombardier Learjet 45

By |2019-10-06T19:19:38+00:00October 6th, 2019|Educational|

The Learjet 45 comes from a long and trusted lineage of business jets. In the '70s, the name Lear Jet was synonymous with celebrities and businessmen.  Today, the Learjet 45 is an appealing model known for its performance, and dispatch reliability. If you're interested in this light business jet, we have a helpful overview of what you need to know. Bombardier Learjet 45 Specs The Learjet 45 was manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace, which acquired the Learjet Corporation. It [...]

1 10, 2019

Things to Consider When Hiring an Aircraft Broker to Sell Your Plane

By |2019-10-01T21:44:56+00:00October 1st, 2019|Educational|

Did you know that the U.S. makes up 49.7% of the world's market for private jets? Are you looking to sell your plane but not sure what to look for in an aircraft broker? Read on to discover the top tips to look for in an aircraft broker. Professional Marketing When you're considering an aircraft broker, it's essential to understand their professional marketing practices. Do they use e-mail, magazine print advertising, postal mail, or other types of marketing? Find out [...]

1 10, 2019

Jet Setting Celebrities and Notable CEO’s That Own Luxury Private Jets

By |2019-10-01T15:33:46+00:00October 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Approximately half of all of the world's private jets are owned by citizens of the US. Is it celebrities with private planes which make up a large portion of that statistic? Or is it mainly CEOs with access to a company jet?  Who are the celebrities who own private planes? Who are the company executives jet setting around the globe on the company plane?  From the rich and famous Hollywood celebs to the well-known CEOs, read more to find out [...]

1 10, 2019

Should I Lease or Buy an Airplane?

By |2019-10-01T15:28:19+00:00October 1st, 2019|Educational|

High-net-worth individuals and large companies, particularly those who travel internationally, often face an important decision. Deciding whether to lease or buy an airplane can be a difficult decision for several reasons. The decision to buy or lease an aircraft is one that you should discuss with several people, including your accountant, and your lawyer. There are pros and cons to each. Why Buy an Airplane?  Research has shown that, of all of the individuals and entities that use [...]

30 09, 2019

Hiring a Flight Crew for Your Private Jet

By |2019-09-30T20:33:06+00:00September 30th, 2019|Educational|

VREF Aircraft Value Reference often gets asked to help locate pilots, or even recomend a management company.  If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who own an aircraft, you may want to know how to hire a crew. With a shortage of qualified pilots, it can be a challenge to locate a pilot to hire permanently. If you are not an owner/operator, the process of finding the right company to manage your aircraft can be daunting. [...]