Desert Jet Maintenance is a Cessna Citation-specialized Certified Repair Station.

Desert Jet Maintenance was formed to fill the void of quality maintenance providers in the Coachella Valley.  Denise Wilson, the founder of company’s sister charter and management company Desert Jet, saw a need for a jet maintenance provider when realizing that the company’s  fleet of charter jet aircraft would be vulnerable to maintenance delays while waiting for mobile service units to drive from the Los Angeles and Phoenix areas to correct mechanical discrepancies.

While speaking to aircraft owners about the dilemma, she also learned that Citation owners in particular where becoming frustrated with the service they were receiving from their providers and that rising costs for labor and parts were becoming a concern.

Denise set out to recruit the top Citation mechanics in the country and bring them together to form Desert Jet Maintenance, a Cessna Citation-specialized FAA Part 145 Certified Repair Station.  As the company grew it expanded its expertise to assist with AOG and unscheduled maintenance needs at all local airports (KTRM, KUDD and KPSP), placing mobile service units into service, including an airborne support aircraft.  Desert Jet Maintenance now supports a wide range of jet aircraft in AOG situations including Hawkers, Falcons, Lears, Gulfstream and even the Global Express.

We offer the following services;

  • Fast Phase and Document Inspections on Citations
  • Unscheduled Maintenance on most airframe types
  • Engine Removal and Installation
  • AOG Mobile Jet Support including Airborne Support
  • Maintenance Management Programs, including long-range budgeting, planning and tracking
  • Pre-Purchase Inspections including records review and physical inspection
  • Engine Boroscope Video
  • Freon Air Conditioning Unit Servicing
  • Battery Reconditioning (NiCad, lead acid and standby batteries)
  • Full Avionics Capabilities including WiFi and panel installations

Our location at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in the sunny Southern California desert community of Thermal is nearby world-class golf and boasts some of the best weather in the country.  Bring your plane to us and enjoy a day or weekend of fun in the sun in Palm Springs, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and Rancho Mirage, all just minutes from our facility.

Our Promise

We promise to go above and beyond in our service commitment to you.

With our staff of qualified Citation pilots, we can deliver your aircraft to maintenance for you at your request.  We can also fly you back to your home airport in your own aircraft, or in one of our Cessna Citation charter aircraft if you prefer to deliver the aircraft yourself.  We have convenient airline service at the Palm Springs International Airport should you prefer to drop your aircraft and return home via the airlines.  Should you decide to stay onsite, we can arrange for you to have fun in our desert sun – from a day of golf, a motorcycle ride through our mountains on a Harley, or a day relaxing at a local spa.

We communicate with you at the end of each milestone of your inspection to ensure there are no surprises.  We obtain your approval before correcting discrepancies and provide you with your options for parts replacement when necessary.

When you return to pick up your aircraft, it will have been run through its systems not only by our maintenance technicians, but also by our own pilots, to ensure your aircraft is delivered in perfect working order.  Your aircraft will be cleaned by our professional aircraft detailing crew and returned to you in as good or better condition as when it was delivered to us.

Your invoice will be ready for you at delivery and accurate, the first time, with no surprises.