By Bill Stansbeary
Beautiful wings and wheels were the center of attraction for 900 invited guests at the Porsche Business Aircraft & Jet Preview, held on April 26 at the Business Jet Center at Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Calif.
The connection between high-performance people, planes and vehicles has now been made even stronger by these Airport Journals events. They have come to represent an upscale marketplace for both buyers and sellers.
One exhibitor was Grob Aerospace, which is spearheading the latest generation of innovative aircraft with the Grob SPn light jet. The aircraft features a spacious and luxurious interior designed by the world-renowned Porsche Design Studio. This business jet represents a quantum leap in aircraft design, and is the world’s first large light jet manufactured entirely from carbon fiber composites.
Joshua Kovac and Hannie Fisher from San Luis Obispo, Calif., displayed a large-scale model of the Grob SPn, which is now going through flight testing and certification at the Grob Aerospace purpose-built airfield in Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany.
Randall Sanada, Jet-Alliance chairman, displayed the Eclipse 500 very light jet and its private jet ownership program. Eclipse Aviation has pre-sold more than 2,500 aircraft. Jet-Alliance was formed to provide business owners and professionals a way to fly safe, save time, share costs and do it all conveniently.
Sandra Clifford, Eclipse Aviation flight crewmember and Women in Aviation co-president of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter, was present to help showcase the Eclipse 500.
Elizabeth Duff, Cirrus Design Corporation regional sales manager, exhibited the latest Cirrus SR22-GTS Generation Three G3 aircraft, which boasts special exterior and interior options.
Peter Flynn and Jon Dennis, Columbia West sales representatives, flew the two Columbia 400 aircraft to the show and were immediately surrounded by prospects.
The Embraer Legacy 600 business jet aircraft from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was featured on Oakland television station KTVU’s live interview with Michelle Juzeszyn, Porsche area marketing manager. All Porsche vehicle models available in North America were on display, courtesy of Bay Area Porsche dealers.
Scott Pritchard, Sunset Aviation vice president of sales and marketing, exhibited a Hawker 400 aircraft. Its mission is to provide unparalleled aviation services in a safe, professional and adaptive manner that builds value.
Hamish Harding, Action Aviation chairman, and Neil Patton of Next Jet presented the Sino Swearingen SJ 30 advanced light twin corporate jet aircraft from San Antonio, Texas.
Curtis Shaw and Red Berry represented USAero with a Diamond DA 42 Twin Star and DA-40. Diamond Aircraft Industries, with locations in London and Ontario, Canada, is also the manufacturer of the D-Jet personal time machine powered by a single Williams FJ-33 fanjet engine. Diamond Aircraft recently announced its new Diamond Flight Center Program with a full line of airplanes available for training or rental.
Mark Whitman, Avantair northwest director of sales, displayed the sexy Piaggio Avanti II twin turboprop aircraft.
Khalid Halim of JETFINITY Aviation Catering provided tables of delicious food throughout the day.
For more information about Porsche Business Aircraft & Jet Previews, visit [http://www.jetpreview.com].