Desert Jet is a full-service aviation management company that provides clients with expertise in acquiring, operating and generating revenue using private jet aircraft, and offers on-demand charters in its fleet of jet aircraft. Our services enable aircraft owners to offset their costs of ownership and allow travelers to fly via private jet without having to own an aircraft. Our full-service FBO offers ground handling, jet fuel and hangar storage, and our FAA-Certified Repair Station provides a wide range of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance support for jet aircraft manufactured by Cessna, Dassault, Beechcraft, Embraer, Gulfstream and others.
Desert Jet Charter is both a charter operator as well as an aircraft charter broker, with access to a worldwide affiliate network comprised of hundreds of aircraft, enabling us to provide lift virtually anywhere, anytime, in any type of aircraft.
Our clientele includes a wide mix of our society; from former Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Governors, Secretaries of State and Defense, to small businesses, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, private individuals, retirees, celebrities, professional athletes, musicians and even pets!
Desert Jet was founded by pilot and entrepreneur Denise Wilson in 2007 offering aircraft sales and acquisition services as well as aircraft management services. In 2009, Desert Jet received Federal Aviation Administration certification as an air carrier, enabling several local aircraft owners to place their aircraft into revenue operations.
Desert Jet operates under its own FAA Part 135 certificate, 1DJA318M, with operating authority from Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency for charter flights to and from Canada, as well as overflight authority granted by Customs and Border Protection for Southern U.S. Border crossings.
The company is operated and managed by National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) designated Certified Aviation Managers. This certification status (CAM) is granted by the National Business Aviation Association to select aviation industry professionals that have demonstrated their expertise in managing all aspects of the operations of business aircraft. We are the only aircraft charter and management company in the country to have two Certified Aviation Managers on staff – giving our clients access to the highest level of management services available.
Desert Jet was fortunate to experience immediate success, and has grown rapidly. Desert Jet has ranked on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing privately-owned companies five years in a row.
Desert Jet was one of the first jet charter providers in the world to become IS-BAO certified, exceeding a global industry safety standard. IS-BAO stands for “International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations”. This code of best practices was introduced by the International Business Aviation Council and has been widely adopted as the worldwide gold standard for business aircraft operations. It is similar to the ISO-9000 quality management standards in the manufacturing industry. The IS-BAO has been endorsed by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) as well as multinational organizations worldwide.
Desert Jet is Wyvern recommended and a member of the Wyvern Wingman Alliance. The Wyvern Standard is a safety standard whose requirements far exceed regulatory requirements for air charter flight operations and maintenance. Each operator recommended by Wyvern undergoes annual Wyvern audits to ensure that their operational and maintenance practices continue to meet or exceed The Wyvern Standard. In addition, each operator is monitored throughout the year for management, fleet and crew changes.
Desert Jet is rated Platinum. The prestigious Platinum rating is ARGUS’ highest level of safety ratings and is awarded only to those air charter operators who have demonstrated successful implementation of industry best safety practices in operations and maintenance.
Desert Jet participated in an onsite audit of its operations and maintenance procedures to earn this distinction.
Currently only 115 charter operators out of the several thousand certificated operators in the United States hold the ARGUS Platinum safety rating.
Desert Jet is a member of the National Business Aviation Association.
Desert Jet is a member of the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA). The Air Charter Association of North America is a non-profit organization comprised of the finest air charter service providers in the industry. The stringent membership requirements of ACANA ensure that its members adhere to the highest standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism. Our members are the most well established organizations in the marketplace, financially stable, adhering to all FAA and DOT regulations and consider safety and service to be paramount.
Desert Jet’s CEO, Denise Wilson, helped shape ACANA’s response to the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for critical changes to the air charter industry.