The lawyer representing two groups of AeroVanti members says its Top Gun membership has the ‘hallmarks of a Ponzi scheme’
If true, the allegations against private aviation membership provider AeroVanti in two separate lawsuits filed earlier this week could mean dozens of the private flight provider’s clients have lost as much as $15 million.
Piaggeo P.180 jet card provider AeroVanti is adding a limited guaranteed availability option offering 150 hours per year as it plans fleet expansion
AeroVanti is on the verge of acquiring a Part 135 operator that will add seven turboprops, light, and midsize jets to its current fleet of five Piaggio P.180s. It is also planning an order for up to 72 new aircraft from Piaggio and is launching a Top Gun guaranteed availability tier with limited availability. The 2021 start-up is boosting customer service as it seeks to keep up with the demand that is five-fold higher than anticipated.
Start-up AeroVanti hopes to follow in the footsteps of Wheels Up, using the Piaggio P.180 to attract entry-level private aviation users
On the surface, Annapolis, Maryland-based AeroVanti, turns the clock back to 2013. That’s when Kenny Dichter launched the Beechcraft King Air into a mainstream private aviation charter solution using huge stars like Tom Brady and Serena Williams climbing aboard the turboprop and selling memberships through Costco. It also resurrects the aircraft that Avantair popularized before its 2014 bankruptcy. Serial entrepreneur Patrick Britton-Harr hopes his new venture will follow the former than the latter. With an hourly rate of just $1,995 plus 7.5% Federal Excise Tax, like Dichter, he wants to move first-timers from the airlines to fly privately.
Annapolis, Maryland-based AeroVanti was founded in May 2021 by medical services entrepreneur Patrick Britton-Harr. The initially used an owned/leased fleet of Piaggio P.180 aircraft operated by Brazos Valley Air Charter. As of September 2021, the partnership ended.
The program is targeted to flyers who want low rates and have the flexibility to fly on an as-available provider. It is starting with five dedicated aircraft.
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When was it founded?
AeroVanti was founded in May 2021.
Who owns AeroVanti?
It's privately held
Who is the CEO?
How areaircraft sourced?
Leased/Owned fleet operated under Part 91F
What are the initiation and membership fees?
Membership starts at $1,000 per month, based on a one-year contract
What is theentry-level program?
Individual Membership covers member and their spouse
Does the program provide guaranteed availability?
No, it's as available. Bookings can be made up to 365 days in advance