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Flexjet to Expand Pilot Ranks by 25 Percent for Red Label Business

May 23, 2018 - FlexJet

Flexjet to Expand Pilot Ranks by 25 Percent for Red Label Business

- Nationwide hiring initiative underway to meet growth in demand - Red Label business up 30 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 - Flexjet added 18 new aircraft in 2017 and will increase its fleet by 14 percent in 2018 - Flexjet, paying Red Label pilots 25 percent more than its competitors, expects to fully meet staffing requirements for service growth

Flexjet LLC a leading provider of fractional jet ownership and the only provider to offer a unique dedicated crewing model, announced today a new, nationwide hiring initiative for pilots that will increase its flight crew ranks by 25 percent this year. The company said its flight crew growth, together with a projected 14 percent increase in its fleet, is driven by increased demand, including growth in the premium Red Label by Flexjet service. International Red Label demand was up 31 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, and domestic Red Label demand increased 30 percent in 2017 year over year. In addition, Flexjet took delivery of 18 new aircraft during 2017.

As the company's premium offering, Red Label by Flexjet has proven to be extremely popular among both Owners and pilots. Compensation for Red Label's highly trained and experienced pilots is so important to Flexjet that the company has fought in union contract negotiations for the right to increase Red Label Program salaries unilaterally. Red Label pilots earn 25 percent more than competitors' pilots and have additional benefits, including managing their own schedules, being assigned to a single aircraft and flying the industry's newest fleet.

"For more than 20 years, Flexjet has challenged the status quo of fractional private jet travel," said Michael Silvestro, Chief Executive Officer of Flexjet. "We are proud to announce additional investment in our pilots that will further enhance our industry-leading approach. One of our core fundamental principles is that employees are the foundation of a service organization. We feel strongly that our pilots are key to our business success. Proof of that commitment is offering compensation unmatched by any other fractional provider in the industry."

According to independent data, Red Label pilots are the industry's best-paid, with Red Label captains typically making in excess of $100,000 more than the highest salaries of the competition's pilots.1

First-year Flexjet pilots using the preferential bid schedule can expect to make $80,000 per year; a fifth-year Challenger 350 pilot could earn as much as $176,000 a year, and a third-year Red Label chief aircraft commander flying a Gulfstream G650 could earn $205,000 annually.

Other pilot benefits include:

More than 80 domiciles to choose from and the ability to change as the pilot wishes
Company-paid travel to and from domiciles
Every pilot is trained to PIC FAR Part 135 standards, making each pilot eligible as a captain
24/7 support from Flexjet's state-of-the-art operations control center
Medical plans to cover families for less than $200 a month
Company-paid short and long-term disability, life insurance, loss of license insurance
The industry's highest per diem, improving crews' day-to-day experience while on assignment
Beyond compensation and benefits, Red Label's dedicated crew has proven to be enormously popular among pilots and passengers alike. When pilots are assigned to a single aircraft, they gain a sense of ownership and familiarity with their assigned aircraft and teams, which also improves the travel experience for passengers.

Prospective Flexjet pilots can apply via https://www.flexjet.com/careers/pilots.
FAA Issues Emergency Order of Suspension for Island Airlines

May 18, 2018 - ISLAND AIRLINES LLC

FAA Issues Emergency Order of Suspension for Island Airlines

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Emergency Order of Suspension against Island Airlines, LLC, of the U.S. Virgin Islands, for not allowing the agency to inspect the company’s aircraft and records.

On March 14, 2017, the FAA received information alleging the St. Croix-based company was operating a Beech B200 while an inspection was overdue for one of its engines. Between March 15, 2017 and Nov. 29, 2017, the FAA tried numerous times to contact Island Airlines by email and certified letters to alert the company it was opening an investigation and to schedule an inspection of its aircraft and records.

Additionally, the FAA sent inspectors to St. Croix to inspect Island Airlines’ records and aircraft in April 2017 and November 2017.

The company did not respond to the FAA’s various communications and did not make a representative available to allow the inspectors access to its operations base, the FAA alleges.

Because Island Airlines did not allow access to its operations base for inspection of its records and aircraft, the FAA cannot verify the company’s qualifications to hold an Air Carrier Certificate, the agency alleges. The FAA has determined that the safety of the flying public requires the suspension of Island Airlines’ certificate until it allows inspection of its records and aircraft to establish the company’s qualifications.

The Emergency Order of Suspension is effective immediately, and the company cannot conduct operations while the order is in effect. Island Air surrendered its certificate.
Sentient Jet Continues Support of Veteran Nonprofit Homes for Our Troops Through Sponsorship of Preakness Stakes Contender Tenfold

May 18, 2018 - Sentient

Sentient Jet Continues Support of Veteran Nonprofit Homes for Our Troops Through Sponsorship of Preakness Stakes Contender Tenfold

On the Heels of Immensely Successful Awareness Campaign Tied to Sponsorship of Kentucky Derby Contender Combatant, Leading Private Aviation Company Reaffirms Commitment to Veteran Organization Through Support of Preakness Stakes Participant Tenfold

Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company and avid supporter of the horse racing community, proudly announces its continued support of Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds homes for severely injured Veterans, through the sponsorship of three-year-old Thoroughbred Tenfold at the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19th. The announcement comes just two weeks after the private aviation company helped raised significant awareness for this important organization through the sponsorship of Kentucky Derby contender Combatant, whose ownership group, Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, is a valued supporter of Homes For Our Troops, as well as the owner of Tenfold.

“We are so pleased that we were able to help generate such tremendous attention for Homes For Our Troops through our Combatant sponsorship at this year’s Kentucky Derby, and we are thrilled to extend our support of the wonderful organization as we cheer on Tenfold at the upcoming Preakness Stakes,” said Andrew Collins, president and CEO of Sentient Jet. “Thanks to the incredible support and generosity of the Stronach Group and the Preakness community, we are looking forward to welcoming several of our nation’s finest to enjoy a day at the races, while simultaneously building upon the incredible momentum of this campaign and the special cause that it promotes.”

“With Maryland’s deep ties to the military and Saturday’s Preakness being one of the state’s most exciting events, I can think of no better opportunity to honor Homes For Our Troops and the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country,” said Sal Sinatra, president of the Maryland Jockey Club. “We are excited to introduce our guests to the exciting world of Thoroughbred racing and to ensuring they have a wonderful day rooting for Tenfold.”

In line with its presence at the Kentucky Derby, Sentient Jet’s support of Team Tenfold and Homes For Our Troops will stretch throughout Preakness Stakes weekend through several events. On Thursday, May 17th, Sentient Jet will welcome US Army Veteran Sergeant Brandon Huff and his wife to Pimlico Racetrack for a personal introduction to Team Tenfold and the rest of the Preakness field. On May 19th, Huff will be joined by retired four-star General and Homes For Our Troops Board Chairman Richard Cody to watch the races alongside a group of fellow US Army Veterans and their families, members of the Sentient Jet team and racing community.

“Veterans are the unsung heroes of our country, and we owe a great deal to them and to their families,” said General Cody. “We look forward to honoring our commitment and consider it our duty to make a lasting difference to those most in need alongside Sentient Jet and Team Tenfold, our valued partners that share our commitment to those who have borne the wounds of war for all of America.”

Sentient Jet’s support of Homes For Our Troops through the Combatant sponsorship has already garnered considerable media and consumer attention, with primetime coverage on household networks including NBC Sports Network, ESPN, and more. As a result of this awareness campaign, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, whose Military Heroes Campaign has given over $1.1 million for veteran organizations over the years, has pledged to donate nearly $40,000 to Homes For Our Troops, a contribution which would not have been made were it not for Sentient Jet’s sponsorship and subsequent awareness campaign.

Homes For Our Troops builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans. Most of these Veterans have sustained life-altering injuries, and these homes enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar have gone directly to program services for Veterans. Homes For Our Troops builds homes where a Veteran chooses to live and continues its relationship with the individual after home delivery. Empowered by the freedom that a donated, specially adapted custom home brings, Veterans can focus on their recovery and returning to their life’s work of serving others.

Handled by Steve Asmussen, the same trainer responsible for Combatant, Tenfold is a three-year old Thoroughbred who has placed first in two of three races run in the 2018 season. His strong record solidified him as a strong contender for the 2018 Preakness Stakes. Tenfold is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, the co-owners of 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner and two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks with Summerly and Untapable.

“We are delighted to have another opportunity to raise awareness for Homes For Our Troops,” said Steve Asmussen, trainer to Tenfold. “We could not be prouder of the great impact that Tenfold will have on Saturday running at the Preakness Stakes.”

As one of the country’s leading private aviation companies, Sentient Jet provides clients with private flying opportunities for all their air travel needs. Sentient Jet offers its 25-Hour Jet Card in four jet-size options, allowing clients to purchase flight time on Light, Mid, Super-Mid, and Heavy aircraft as well as in two age classes (Preferred and Select). The company recently announced the SJ25+ Jet Card, which offers Cardholders guaranteed access to the most popular and luxurious Super-Mid Size Jets, all of which are Wi-Fi enabled. Sentient Jet Cardholders receive a rare combination of industry leading service at a tremendous value.
Flexjet Chairman Kenn Ricci Among Town and Country Magazines Top 50 Philanthropists

May 11, 2018 - FlexJet

Flexjet Chairman Kenn Ricci Among Town and Country Magazines Top 50 Philanthropists

Recognized for innovative charitable giving structure created for $100 million gift to the University of Notre Dame Also featured on ‘Conscious Capitalism’ panel at magazine’s annual T&C Philanthropy Summit in New York City

Flexjet LLC, offering travelers access to the world’s most luxurious fleet of private jets, today announced that its chairman, Kenn Ricci, has been named one of Town & Country magazine’s Top 50 Philanthropists in the June/July Philanthropy Issue. The honor comes after Ricci created a groundbreaking giving structure called a Philanthropic Succession Partnership (PSP) to donate $100 million to the University of Notre Dame, the single largest unrestricted, guaranteed gift ever committed to the University.

Ricci and the other honorees were recognized at Town & Country’s fifth annual Philanthropy Summit, held on May 9, 2018 at the Hearst Tower in New York, NY. Ricci was a featured speaker on the summit’s “Conscious Capitalism” panel. He focused on the critical role of trust as it relates to giving and innovative approaches such as his Philanthropic Succession Partnership.

“I’m deeply honored by my inclusion among Town & Country’s Top 50 Philanthropists, men and women who have given back to their communities,” said Ricci, who also is principal of Directional Aviation, which owns Flexjet and other private aviation companies. “I hope this recognition will inspire other donors to seek innovative approaches to their philanthropic giving.”

Past and present honorees of Town & Country magazine’s Top 50 Philanthropists include Michael Bloomberg, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Bill and Melinda Gates, Amal and George Clooney, David Geffen, Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Lucas and Mellody Hobson and the Rockefeller Family.

Town & Country Editor in Chief Stellene Volandes said, “The mission of our annual Philanthropy Issue and our Philanthropy Summit is both to prove that there is always an actionable answer to that question and to celebrate the astounding variety of responses that have been offered. This year especially is approached as a shared desire to better the world and to alter it for good.”

The summit was headlined by T&C Philanthropy issue cover stars: Composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family; supermodel & entrepreneur, Karlie Kloss; and March for Our Lives organizers Emma González, Alex King, D’Angelo McDade and Delany Turr. Panelists, moderators and speakers included Liz Claman, Gayle King, Bradley Cooper, Sean Parker, Wes Moore, Tamron Hall, Chris Hughes, Molly Ringwald and President Bill Clinton.

Additional panel topics at the summit included “Rewriting the History of Violence,” “The Politics of Patronage,” “The Future of Cancer Care” and “How to Make Philanthropy a Family Tradition.” Lunch was prepared by chef and food activist José Andrés. Flexjet was among the event sponsors.
Charter operator announces $80k Flight Crew Retention Package

May 09, 2018 - Grandview Aviation

Charter operator announces $80k Flight Crew Retention Package

Private jet charter operator GrandView Aviation announced a five-year retention package of up to $80,000 to attract highly qualified flight crews to fly their expanding fleet of Phenom 300 jets.

Private jet charter operator GrandView Aviation announced a five-year retention package of up to $80,000 to attract highly qualified flight crews to fly their expanding fleet of Phenom 300 jets.

"GrandView has an impeccable safety record. We're offering this retention plan to attract the best and brightest pilots to our operation that support our strong safety culture." said Jessica Naor, Chief Marketing Officer of GrandView Aviation.

Depending on the pilot's experience, a signing bonus of $5,000 to $10,000 will be paid upon completion of Phenom 300 training and company onboarding. At the end of year one, pilots will receive another $5,000 and an additional $5,000 at the end of year two. GrandView Aviation has also launched a rentention bonus program that pays up to $60,000 after 5 years of service to the company.

In addition to these retention programs, GrandView Aviation offers a positive working environment where teamwork and innovation are strongly encouraged. Other benefits include 100% coverage of employee health and dental premiums, 401K & company match, among others.
JetSmarter Expands its Shared Private Flight Service to Major Texas Markets

May 09, 2018 - JetSmarter Inc

JetSmarter Expands its Shared Private Flight Service to Major Texas Markets

The Private Jet Booking App Expands its Services from Dallas to Austin and Houston

JetSmarter, the world's largest private aviation community, today announces the expansion of its shared flight services in Dallas, by adding new routes to Austin and Houston.  These routes accompany the current schedule, which offers flights from Dallas to Los Angeles and New York.

The launch of these routes is a result of the increased demand from travelers looking for convenient flight options between these major cities.  The expanded service will begin on May 14th. 

The flight schedule between Dallas, Austin and Houston are as follows:

  • Dallas to Austin
    • Mondays @ 7:30 AM
    • Fridays @ 4:00 PM
  • Austin to Dallas
    • Mondays @ 9:00 AM
    • Fridays @ 5:30 AM
  • Dallas to Houston
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 8:00 AM
  • Houston to Dallas
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 5:00 PM
"We're excited to introduce our new flight services between Dallas, Austin and Houston to our members, giving them access to major commercial and cultural hubs within the Texas region," said Sergey Petrossov, Founder and CEO of JetSmarter. "One of JetSmarter's primary goals is to cater to our customer's needs, and through popular demand, we're offering these new routes in hopes to make business and leisure travel much easier, and fun again."

Currently, JetSmarter's shared private flights are available across the United States in cities including New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Atlanta, Scottsdale, and Dallas.  Flights are also available throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Reservations for these new routes from Dallas can be made through the JetSmarter app, available for iOS and Android devices.  For more information on JetSmarter or to become a member, visit www.jetsmarter.com.
Delta Private Jets Announces Enhancements to its Sky Access Membership Program

May 02, 2018 - Delta Private Jets

Delta Private Jets Announces Enhancements to its Sky Access Membership Program

New features are powered by AmpliFLY™, Delta Private Jets’ patent-pending technology

Delta Private Jets announced today that it is enhancing its Sky Access membership program by making it easier for members to book empty leg flights and by offering a 20 percent discount off select, published Delta® fares to get you home from your empty leg destination.

In January 2018, Delta Private Jets launched the new Sky Access online membership program that offers members unlimited access to empty leg flights in addition to fixed hourly rate private jet travel. Members are able to book the whole aircraft without sharing it with others. With introductory memberships at $8,500 and renewal at $6,000 (rates may vary over time), the Sky Access program makes luxury travel affordable.

Empty legs are flights scheduled without passengers to ensure an aircraft is positioned for a trip at the right airport and the right time. This repositioning creates opportunity for last-minute trips at no fee for Sky Access members. Empty legs may be booked from 24 to four hours before a trip.

Now, through AmpliFLY, the company’s patent-pending technology, Delta Private Jets is able to offer more flexibility for customers with additional options on departure and arrival locations for empty legs; a larger inventory for customers to view and book; the ability to select up to 10 preferred airports and receive push notifications to your mobile device when empty leg flights are available; and the ability to sort by airport code, city or state on the Delta Private Jets mobile app or Client Portal. In addition, Delta Private Jets is now offering a Client Services Team to book Delta Air Lines commercial travel for members at the 20 percent discounted rate off select published Delta fares.

AmpliFLY determines alternate, complementary route combinations to existing empty legs for customer booking. For example, if a customer’s departure or arrival is scheduled for Phoenix, up to 30 or more alternate options out of nearby cities and states could be identified as potential departure or arrival locations.

“These new enhancements are a direct result of listening to feedback from our customers and giving them what they want and need in a timely manner,” said Gary Hammes, President of Delta Private Jets. “And our affiliation with Delta Air Lines® makes us uniquely qualified to offer these services to our customers.”

For more information on Sky Access, visit www.DeltaPrivateJets.com/skyaccess.
JetSmarter Announces Free Trial Membership for Private Jet Charter Fliers

May 02, 2018 - JetSmarter Inc

JetSmarter Announces Free Trial Membership for Private Jet Charter Fliers

The Private Jet Booking App Continues to Democratize the Industry by Offering its Services for a Fraction of Traditional Costs.

 JetSmarter, the world's largest private aviation community, announced today that beginning May 1st, the company will offer a complimentary 60 day trial JetSmarter membership.

JetSmarter provides an alternative to expensive jet cards and fractional ownership by allowing its members to create on-demand flights for a fraction of the cost of the traditional charter. To be eligible to experience a trial membership, travelers must provide proof of one of the following: Charter expenses over $50,000, an existing jet card, aircraft ownership or membership with another private jet company.

"We're happy to extend this offer to help simplify travel for those who own a jet or charter through various providers," said Sergey Petrossov, Founder and CEO of JetSmarter. "By chartering or being a jet card holder, you may be saving time but you're not saving money. This is the JetSmarter difference and we're encouraging jetsetters to see for themselves." 

Currently, JetSmarter provides wholesale pricing without broker fees. There are no upfront commitments or restrictions to a single aircraft. Members have the ability to share the cost with fellow members and can fly high-frequency routes at a commercial cost.

For more information visit https://jetsmarter.com/private-flier-trial-membership/.
OneJet Enters Agreement to Acquire Ultimate JetCharters

May 02, 2018 - Ultimate Jetcharters

OneJet Enters Agreement to Acquire Ultimate JetCharters

Regional Network Will Add Destinations and Expand Point-to-Point Scheduled and Charter Services in the Eastern U.S.

OneJet, the air transportation network providing nonstop connectivity within medium-size markets, today announced the completion of an acquisition agreement with Ultimate JetCharters. As one of the country's premier charter operators, Ultimate JetCharters operates 30-seat Dornier and Embraer regional jet aircraft for private charter clients, as well as per-seat scheduled services on select routes under the Ultimate Air Shuttle brand.

The combined operation will have a collective fleet of nearly 25 aircraft by the end of 2018, including aircraft operated by Ultimate and existing operating partner, Contour Airlines. Ultimate will be integrated into OneJet's network during the course of the next month, with flights beginning on June 4th. Concurrently, OneJet will continue to accelerate the addition of Embraer ERJ aircraft to its network throughout the course of 2018; the company introduced the aircraft with the launch of service between Buffalo and Albany earlier this year.  

The Ultimate Air Shuttle brand will remain independent and continue to operate per-seat scheduled services to and from Cincinnati, as well as private charters for corporate, casino and collegiate clients.

"The Ultimate team is renowned by both customers and industry colleagues for its stellar operational reliability and customer service, with over 30 years of experience providing a wonderful product to both corporate and leisure customers," OneJet CEO Matthew Maguire said. "The opportunity to integrate this demonstrated level of premium service, expertise and infrastructure within our expanding network of point-to-point regional routes will further enhance the travel experience and service options for our collective customers, providing a wonderful platform for both organizations' continued growth."

Ultimate JetCharters CEO John Gordon said: "Ultimate JetCharters and Ultimate Air Shuttle were built on the foundation of serving the customer. That mission will not change. In fact, combining the strengths of both companies will provide an even better service experience and additional travel options for our customers. We look forward to continuing to build a culture and operation built on these values and leveraging the capabilities of each company."

Together, the companies' networks will serve over 17 cities, including Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Albany, Buffalo, Hartford, West Palm Beach, Kansas City, New York (via Morristown, New Jersey), Chicago, Charlotte, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Louisville, Atlanta, Columbus and Raleigh-Durham.

OneJet will make various schedule and routing adjustments during May, including the announcement of several new routes, as the Ultimate operations are integrated into its network.  

For additional information about the companies, visit www.onejet.com or www.ultimateairshuttle.com.
Sentient Jet to Support Homes for Our Troops

May 02, 2018 - Sentient

Sentient Jet to Support Homes for Our Troops

Nonprofit Organization That Provides Specially Adapted Custom Homes for Veterans, Through Sponsorship of Kentucky Derby Contender Combatant. Private Aviation Company to Power Combatant for the 144th Running of the Kentucky Derby.

Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company and the Preferred Private Aviation Partner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve®, Longines Kentucky Oaks®, and Churchill Downs Racetrack® is pleased to announce it will sponsor Combatant for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby in an effort to generate awareness and support for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization championed by Combatant’s ownership group – Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC – that builds homes for severely injured Veterans.

Homes For Our Troops builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans. Most of these Veterans have sustained life-altering injuries, and these homes enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to program services for Veterans. Homes For Our Troops builds homes where a Veteran chooses to live and continues its relationship with the individual after home delivery. Empowered by the freedom that a donated, specially adapted custom home brings, Veterans can focus on their recovery and returning to their life’s work of serving others.

Sentient Jet will be supporting Team Combatant and Homes For Our Troops throughout Derby weekend. On Thursday, May 3rd, Sentient Jet will host a group of Veterans on the backside of Churchill Downs for a personal introduction to the Combatant team and the rest of the Derby field. Participating in the event will be Kentucky native Jacob Tamme, a retired NFL tight-end for the Colts, Broncos and Falcons and University of Kentucky alumnus who is known for his support of Veterans through the charity Swings for Soldiers, which he hosts with his wife Allison. On Saturday, May 5th, Sentient will host the Veterans and their spouses as their guests for a special day at the races, beginning with the Sentient Jet Breakfast hosted by Brand Ambassador, celebrity chef, and horse racing fan Bobby Flay at local hotel 21C.

“As we head into our third year as the preferred private aviation partner of the Kentucky Derby, we are excited to mark this milestone with a special contribution to the community. We are honored to support Team Combatant and the important cause this impressive horse represents,” said Andrew Collins, president and CEO of Sentient Jet. “Combatant joins an elite group of horses that Sentient has hand-picked to support over the last few years, including 2016 Derby-winner Nyquist and 2017 runner-up Lookin’ at Lee. We are looking forward to an exciting weekend cheering Combatant on in Louisville.”

"Since 2004, we have built over 250 homes nationwide, and we hope that the awareness garnered through Combatant's efforts in the Derby will help us reach our goal of building a home for every Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran who qualifies for one of our specially adapted custom homes,” said Tom Landwermeyer, President/CEO at Homes For Our Troops.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Combatant is a three-year old horse whose name pays homage to the Veterans whom his ownership group is invested in supporting through Homes For Our Troops. Combatant’s record three straight runner-up finishes in key 2018 races have earned him attention as a promising contender for the 144th Kentucky Derby. Combatant is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, the co-owners of 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner and two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks with Summerly and Untapable, and Willis Horton Racing LLC, who has campaigned such notable horses as Will Take Charge and Take Charge Brandi, both Eclipse Award winners. Willis Horton is a longtime horse owner as well as a successful businessman who helmed his family’s D.R. Horton Custom Homes until the business went public in 1992 before dedicating himself full-time to Thoroughbred ownership. Combatant Ownership group will donate 100% of proceeds from Official Kentucky Derby “Combatant" merchandise sales to Homes For Our Troops. Merchandise will be available on-site at the Churchill Downs Store or online at Kentucky Derby Store.

"Derby Saturday is one of the most exciting and highly anticipated horse racing events of the year,” said Case Clay, Representative of Team Combatant. “As Combatant prepares for his Derby run, we are thrilled to partner with Sentient Jet to help bring awareness to an important foundation at the 2018 Kentucky Derby.”

As one of the country’s leading private aviation companies, Sentient Jet provides clients with private flying opportunities for all their air travel needs. Sentient Jet offers its 25-Hour Jet Card in four jet-size options, allowing clients to purchase flight time on Light, Mid, Super-Mid, and Heavy aircraft as well as in two age classes (Preferred and Select). The company recently announced the SJ25+ Jet Card, which offers Cardholders guaranteed access to the most popular and luxurious Super-Mid Size Jets, all of which are Wi-Fi enabled. Sentient Jet Cardholders receive a rare combination of industry leading service at a tremendous value.
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