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.
13 12, 2019

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Plane

By |2019-12-13T16:48:11+00:00December 13th, 2019|Educational|

So you want to purchase a private plane? Did you recently catch the flying bug? If the answer is yes, then read on. There are a lot of reasons to purchase a plane, but there is also a lot that goes into buying a plane. We want to teach you about some common mistakes the first time, and even seasoned aircraft owners make. Read on to learn about seven common mistakes and how to avoid them when buying [...]

4 12, 2019

A Beginner Buyer’s Guide to Aircraft Auctions

By |2019-12-04T22:30:31+00:00December 4th, 2019|Educational|

If you want to be an antique aircraft collector, you're going to have to spend a fair bit of time at auctions or reviewing the sales from them. Whether you're in the market for an antique aircraft to add to your collection or even build the supply of some parts, the auction is a positive place for aviation enthusiasts. For beginners, the auction can be equal parts confusing and intimidating. In this post, we're going to give you [...]

29 11, 2019

4 Things You Should Know If You Dream of Buying a Fighter Jet

By |2019-11-29T19:15:30+00:00November 29th, 2019|Educational|

There are around 1,000 private owned warbird jets in the United States and even more throughout the rest of the world. There are more and more people looking into buying a fighter jet of their very own. While most of us will never have enough money to make this a reality, it is possible.  As new models of fighter jets come out, the older ones get decommissioned, and sometimes purchased by the public. Before making such a big [...]

29 11, 2019

How to Find the Best Aircraft Loans

By |2019-11-29T18:55:48+00:00November 29th, 2019|Educational|

The general aviation market is outperforming our forecasts. Honeywell International expects to deliver nearly 8000 planes over the next decade and VREF has been completeing more appraisals then ever. The economy is booming, and net income is up for the majority of Americans. Also, the United States government reduced the corporate tax rate, and with bonus depreciation getting ready to expire in a couple of weeks, there is no better time to buy then now. This means corporations have [...]

27 11, 2019

Stay Up to Date and In the Loop: 5 Pilot Podcasts to Listen To

By |2019-11-27T17:29:31+00:00November 27th, 2019|Educational|

Chances are, you've at least heard of podcasts. This fun and educational information medium are sweeping the nation. There are over 700,000 active podcasts and over 29 million episodes right now. Why are podcasts so popular? Because there is something for everyone. Did you know they even have pilot podcasts? If you're an aviation enthusiast, a pilot in training, flight student, or an industry pro, there's a podcast out there for you. There's always more to learn, and [...]

25 11, 2019

VREF Value Vector Newsletter 4th Quarter 2019 by Jason Zilberbrand, ASA, ISA AM, MRAeS

By |2019-11-25T20:29:31+00:00November 25th, 2019|Newsletter|

It's the end of 2019, and this is our last newsletter of the year. Snow has fallen on the upper Midwest, and both winter and the holiday season is upon us. It is a time for reflection and giving thanks, and at VREF, we want to extend a thank you to all of our loyal clients. As you all know by now, the new platform is here. It has been a complex project from the start, and it [...]

25 11, 2019

5 of the Best Personal Aircraft For First-Time Buyers

By |2019-11-25T17:44:40+00:00November 25th, 2019|Educational|

A private jet can cost anywhere from 500k an up depending on age, avionics, and condition. Unfortunately, most of us don't have that much money, nor do we have the skills to fly one ourself. However, for those who have been blessed with disposable income and a passion for aviation, private planes are quite popular. Perhaps you're among the lucky few who are already pilots, or maybe you want to live a life of excitement and see the [...]

25 11, 2019

Private Jet Cost Guide: How Private Jet Prices Are Determined

By |2019-11-25T17:26:11+00:00November 25th, 2019|Educational|

If you're thinking about purchasing a private jet, and are fortunate enough to do so, it's essential to understand that it comes with a whole new world of responsibility. The biggest thing to consider is the expenses. A lot more goes into determining your private jet cost of ownership than just the initial price tag. So, how much does a private jet cost? Keep reading to find out. How Private Jet Cost is Determined The average cost of [...]

19 11, 2019

6 Things That Could Hurt Your Aircraft Valuation

By |2019-11-19T15:50:51+00:00November 19th, 2019|Educational|

There are thousands of aircraft transactions each year. If you are getting ready to buy or sell one, you probably have either engaged an appraiser or been told to by your lender. There are several reasons why lenders will ask you to get an appraisal completed before the bank will commit to your loan, but more on that later. As you know, the condition of your aircraft determines its value, and sometimes it is beyond your control how [...]

13 11, 2019

The Best Light Jets Available Today!

By |2019-11-13T16:11:48+00:00November 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Did you know that over 856 private jets were delivered in the last 12 months? The range and size of aircraft available are more abundant than ever before. Once the luxury mode of travel for a privileged few, private planes are more accessible than ever before. If you are looking to purchase a private plane, a full-size luxury private jet may not meet your needs. Fortunately, there are several light jets available that can provide a similar experience at [...]