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Desert Jet Center Announces John J. Benoit Memorial Scholarship

May 17, 2017 (Thermal, CA) Desert Jet Center, part of the Desert Jet family of companies and the newest Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM) announces the creation of the John J. Benoit Memorial Scholarship. Named to honor the legacy of much-loved Riverside County Fourth District Supervisor John J. Benoit who passed away in December 2016 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, the scholarship commits some $10,000 to local youth in the Riverside County area who desire to pursue a career in aviation. Benoit, whose Fourth District purview included the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, CA was a pilot, politician and advocate of aviation businesses.
Denise Wilson, CAM, President and CEO of Desert Jet notes, “As Desert Jet celebrates its 10 year anniversary as a local business, we reflect on those who were instrumental to our success and the importance of constantly giving to the community we serve. John Benoit inspired and supported us at every step. Not only was he an advocate and a pilot, he was our friend. It is our honor to fund this scholarship in his name, and encourage our local youth to honor his legacy as they pursue an aviation career.”
The 10-year commitment by Desert Jet provides for up to $1,000 per year to a Riverside County high school student pursuing a career in aviation, and may be used for a degree program in aviation, flight training expenses, or other professional aviation certification and programs. As part of the application process and one of Desert Jet’s core values, students must demonstrate giving back to the community of Riverside County by volunteering up to 8 hours of their time to a local charity or organization of their choice.
Adds Wilson, “Benoit was a true local, and demonstrated through his actions what can be accomplished by a motivated young person growing up in the Coachella Valley. While he is dearly missed, this scholarship assures he will be remembered, and his legacy honored for years to come.”

About Desert Jet Center

Located at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM) in Palm Springs/Thermal, California, Desert Jet Center is a brand new, world-class independent FBO serving the needs of the business and general aviation community. Desert Jet Center is a Preferred FBO for CAA (Corporate Aircraft Association) and CJP (Citation Jet Pilots) organizations, and is member of the EPIC fuel network. Desert Jet Center offers hangar space that accommodates aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650 and Global 6000, jet maintenance provided by the onsite FAA Part 145 repair station, FAA-compliant aircraft detailing, and NATA-certified Customer Service Representatives on staff.
For more information, visit the Desert Jet Center website at, email or contact (800) 338-KTRM.

About Desert Jet

Desert Jet is a full-service aviation company providing jet owners with turn-key management of their aircraft, including FBO services, maintenance, and charter revenue that offsets the cost of ownership. Desert Jet’s “private car service of the sky” offers private flyers a smart alternative to jet cards, memberships, and fractional aircraft ownership. Desert Jet’s safety certifications include IS-BAO Stage III registration, Wyvern Wingman status and the ARG/US Platinum rating – one of just a handful of operators its size that hold all three of the top safety ratings.
Desert Jet’s acquisition service provides aircraft buyers with objective third party oversight throughout all phases of the process, from selecting the right aircraft, projecting operating costs and negotiating the acquisition through pre-purchase inspection, delivery and placing the aircraft into service.
Desert Jet is a five-time honoree on the Inc 500|5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing, privately owned companies. For more information, please visit or contact us at (800) 381-JETS.

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