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.
10 01, 2020

Out With The Old, In With The New: 5 Big Tips For Selling Your Jet Before Buying A New One

By |2020-01-10T22:29:36+00:00January 10th, 2020|Educational|

The United States has more General Aviation aircraft than any other country at just over 230,000, and this does not include commercial, military, or private jets. The convenience, opulence, and privacy of personal aircraft make them a popular choice for busy professionals. Yet jets are changing all the time. They are getting faster, more efficient, and more technologically advanced all the time. If you are looking to upgrade, you may consider selling your jet to a qualified buyer. Are [...]

2 01, 2020

5 Tips For Buying Antique Airplanes

By |2020-01-02T18:27:00+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Educational|

We'd all love to have a vintage aircraft collection. If you're a fan of aviation, then you're a fan of the history of human engineering as well. The farther back you go with airplanes, the more you'll learn about the ingenuity that was required to build them. There is something that attracts passionate aviators to historical aircraft, and if you have recently caught the bug, then keep reading. Learning about antique airplanes is one thing, but owning an [...]

23 12, 2019

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

By |2019-12-23T22:29:14+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Educational|

There are around 1,000 private owned classic military 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 are released, the older ones get decommissioned, allowing them to be sold off to the general public. [...]

23 12, 2019

Flying High Class: 5 of the Most Expensive Aircraft In the World

By |2019-12-23T22:21:18+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Educational|

Are you flying high again? No, we’re not talking about Ozzy Osbourne’s 1981 hit. Today, we are going to look at the world’s most expensive aircraft. We’re talking about genuinely amazing airplanes that push aviation to higher heights and, of course, come with ludicrous price tags. After reading this article, you might think twice before bragging about flying first class on Spirit Airlines (if that is even a thing). Check out this list of the five airplanes with [...]

16 12, 2019

The Grumman XF5F-1 Skyrocket

By |2019-12-16T15:04:03+00:00December 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Grumman XF5F-1 Skyrocket was a one-off prototype built for the US Navy with an unusual configuration. The wing’s leading edge extended forward of the fuselage nose giving it a distinctive look. It was the first twin-engine fighter intended for carrier use. The story of the Skyrocket began in 1935 when the US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAer) first contemplated a twin-engine carrier fighter. By 1937, they didn’t believe that single-engine airplanes would not be much faster than [...]

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 [...]