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We introduce extraordinary people to extraordinary aircraft.”

What We Do

Wetzel Aviation, Inc. is an aircraft brokerage company that specializes in acquiring and selling all types of turbine aircraft worldwide. We pride ourselves on:

» Honesty in all that we speak and do, regardless of the cost

» Commitment to seeking the best value for our customers

» Respect for our customers, for our vendors and for each other

» Expertise in our markets for the benefit of our customers

» Integrity in the assets we manage and the transactions we conduct for others

Wetzel Aviation, Inc. is a certified member of the National Aircraft Resale Association.

Meet Our Team

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Jack Wetzel

founder of Wetzel Aviation has over 40 years of experience selling airplanes and more than 9,000 hours flying jets and turboprops. His father, a World War II flight instructor and flying pastor, cultivated and shaped Jack’s love of flying at a young age. Jack grew up in Lock Haven Pennsylvania, home of Piper Aircraft where he began his career in aviation as a factory experimental test pilot. As his career progressed into sales, he was part of the team that developed the Cheyenne series of turboprops for Piper. Jack left Piper to hone his sales experience with Combs Gates and Turbo West Inc. in Denver Colorado. While at Turbo West, he became successful in turboprop sales within the United States and abroad. Jack went on to co-found Kladstrup-Wetzel Inc. and as the company grew, his business focus grew to include jet sales with a strong focus on the global market. The Kladstrup-Wetzel partnership was dissolved in 2003 and Jack founded Wetzel Aviation Inc. which continues having success in the world market.

When not selling airplanes, Jack enjoys classic automobiles and cycling throughout the Rocky Mountains. He lives with his wife Carol in Centennial, Colorado and they have two adult daughters.

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Bryon Mobley

has over 20 years of aircraft sales experience and has been around airplanes his entire life. As the son of a corporate pilot, Bryon met Jack Wetzel in 1979 when his fathers company purchased several new Piper Cheyenne aircraft from Turbo West, Inc. A Montana native, Bryon graduated from Montana State University in 1993 with a B.S. degree in Business and served in the Army National Guard as an Officer and Rotary-Wing Aviator. Outside the office, Bryon and his wife Kristin, have one daughter and enjoy camping, fishing and other outdoor activities. Bryon is also a car enthusiast, who likes all types of classic and modern muscle/sports cars.

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Patrick Searle

brings nearly 30 years of proven aviation sales experience along with a history in commercial banking to our company and serves the Business Aviation community on the National Aircraft Resale Association’s Membership Committee.  Pat began his aviation sales career alongside Jack Wetzel in 1990 prior to striking out on his own.  He was a founding partner and co-owner of Front Range Aviation and successfully co-managed its growth for 18 years prior to merging companies with Wetzel Aviation.   Pat and his family moved to Colorado in 1995 from Western New York. He holds a BS degree from the University of New York at Oswego and holds a fixed-wing pilot license. Outside of aviation, Pat enjoys competing in the Western horseback sport of Reining.  He and his wife Jackie are active in the community through volunteer organizations.  Pat and Jackie have three adult children.

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Jim Riner

has over 30 years of aviation experience and began flying as a teenager. Jim is an alumnus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus where he earned multiple degrees in both Aeronautical Studies and Aviation Business Administration. Jim began his aviation sales career alongside Jack Wetzel in the early 1990’s and joined as co-owner of Front Range Aviation in 2002 and successfully co-managed its growth prior to merging companies with Wetzel Aviation. His family relocated to the Denver area from Western New York in 1995. Jim and his wife Betsy enjoy the nearby Rocky Mountains and downhill ski, camp and pursue other outdoor activities. Jim holds a Commercial Pilot License and has been active in various roles as a volunteer leader and supporter of the Denver Area Boy Scouts program and has participated in several High-Adventure wilderness trips. He also serves on the Board of Directors of a large processing vegetable agribusiness. Jim and Betsy have three children and a Springer Spaniel.

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Forrest Templin

graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Aviation and Aerospace Management. Prior to joining the Wetzel Aviation Team, he conducted market research and analysis for a Factory Authorized new aircraft sales and service center. Forrest is an aviation enthusiast and holds a single engine Private Pilot’s License.

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Wyatt Ewing

brings energy and proven experience in luxury goods sales to Wetzel Aviation and is a specialist in super-midsize through ultra long-range jet markets and began his aviation career with Front Range Aviation. He is an expert in multiple aircraft segments. As the grandson of the 8th man on the moon and Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot/Astronaut Jim Irwin, Wyatt continues his family’s strong legacy in aviation. A Colorado native, Wyatt and his wife Abby are very active in outdoor sports & fitness and enjoy travelling. Wyatt and Abby have a young daughter.

Inventory

Featured Image Aircraft Description Serial No. Reg. No. TTAF Price
Featured Image Aircraft Description Serial No. Reg. No. TTAF Price
Img2001 Piaggio Avanti P-1801036N785JH2761$1,595,000
Img1999 Beechcraft 1900DUE-382C-FXKK12,039$2,595,000
Img2007 King Air C90GTLJ-1831N402MD1,370$1,575,000
Img2004 Beechcraft King Air B200BB-1874F-HAMI3,313$2,495,000-SOLD
Img2008 Piaggio Avanti II1164N187SL5,746$1,950,000- SOLD
Img1980 King Air 200BB-763N56KA9171$595,000-SOLD

Large Cabin VIP and Commercial Aircraft

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Wetzel Aviation Commercial Aircraft Department offers purchase and resale services to airlines, finance companies and governments to support their Large Cabin Airliner and Large Cabin VIP transactions.

  • Resale and Acquisitions of Commercial Jet, Regional Jet and Turboprop Airliners.
  • Resale and Acquisitions of VIP and Head of State Large Cabin Aircraft.
  • Airline Fleet Acquisitions and Resale.
  • Fully Integrated exclusive brokerage services including VIP completions oversight.
  • Engine Purchase and Resale.
  • Worldwide team of support professionals and strategic partners to oversee your Boeing, Airbus, ATR, Embraer, Bombardier transactions.

Special Mission Aircraft

“Your Mission is our Mission.”

I.S.R.   E.M.S.  Humanitarian.  Data Gathering & Flight Test.

With over 15 years of proven reliability, our Special Mission Aircraft team are leaders in serving a wide range of specialized customer aircraft requirements.  When it’s time to Purchase, Lease or Sell a Special Mission Aircraft, use the experts that the Prime’s use.

  • ISR Platform Aircraft. Transport Category to Piston, we successfully deliver entire fleet solutions to Prime Contractors and Governments.
  • Air Ambulance Aircraft. Proven track record of purchase and resale of Air Ambulance fleets and single aircraft.
  • Flight Testing and Data Gathering Aircraft. Supporting major simulator manufacturers flight test programs and aircraft component manufacturers test and certification projects for fixed wing and rotorcraft.
  • Humanitarian Relief. Supplying specialized aircraft to meet critical human crisis needs.
  • Chase Aircraft. Delivering long-term and short-term lease solutions to aircraft manufacturers for aircraft observation and chase operations.
  • Our Special Mission customer base is comprised of a broad spectrum of highly valued clients and includes the Government of the United States and international governments, Worldwide Prime Contractors, Sub Contractors, and Private Sector users. We treat our important Teaming partners, Prime Contractors and Systems Integrators with the responsiveness and confidentiality that they deserve so that they can win contracts.
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Testimonials

As a helicopter operator from down under, our inital foray into the turboprop market proved very enlightening…then we met Jack Wetzel. The Cheyenne 400LS met our specification, met all our deadlines and proved a sterling performer in our fleet. When our operational requirements changed and we went looking for a Learjet 35A, we only called one company-Wetzel Aviation. The team found us an aircraft in Switzerland, configured it in Kansas, and Jack personally delivered it 8,500nm to Auckland, New Zealand. You simply cannot fault Wetzel Aviation for honesty, integrity, and service. They take the challenges of purchasing an aircraft and turn them into an enjoyable experience.

Qwilton Biel, Auckland Air Charter, New Zealand
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience in working with Bryon and Jack at Wetzel Aviation for the acquisition of our aircraft. Their integrity, work ethic, professionalism, and industry knowledge was more than we could ever ask for. They were always responsive, thinking ahead, and always had the answers. Their global network of connections was beyond impressive.

 Due to the type of aircraft we were looking for and our due diligence, the process took a while but at no point did we feel rushed into a decision by Wetzel Aviation and in fact, were cautioned against making a rash choice. It was absolutely worth our while to have worked with them and we wouldn’t hesitate to do so again in any future transactions.

We have stayed in touch with them far past the delivery of our aircraft and plan to continue doing so.

Mahyar and Rick, Gralta Services, LLC
We tried to sell our aircraft for over two years before connecting with Bryon Mobley at Wetzel Aviation. They actively marketed our plane and sold it a few months later. I wish we had used them sooner.

Taylor Woodbury, Tierradactyl, LLC
Our organization has worked with Wetzel Aviation exclusively over the last 5 years on multiple transactions as we’ve upgraded our flight department.  They can be trusted to provide facts and unbiased opinions about the market place at hand as well as provide vital “behind the scenes” knowledge that gave us an upper hand when negotiating our last acquisition. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for an aircraft acquisition or sales brokerage.

Bill Cunningham, Chief Pilot, Anderson Management Services
Being a first time buyer, and especially from Africa (Uganda), aircraft buying was not a thing anyone I know had done. Wetzel Aviation team, specifically Bryon Mobley came in handy, Professionally guided me through getting the best Grand Caravan there is in this country. and he has done so for each addition on to my fleet, even when buying from other sources. Professionalism, intergrity, Objectivity are words that can best describe Wetzel Aviation team, irrespective of your location in the world.

Ronald Lubega Kasozi, CEO, Asante Aviation, Ltd. Uganda
Having bought and sold several aircraft over two decades through Jack Wetzel, we would never make even a minor flight department decision without consulting Jack. He is as knowledgeable as anyone we are familiar with in the industry and, just as importantly, as honest as the day is long!

Charlie and Dow McVean, Memphis, TN
Jack and his team were wonderful to work with. They helped us sell two aircraft, quickly in a dificult market. Their ability to find qualified buyers and facilitate all of the various steps involved in getting to closing really simplified the process for us. The communications along the way, whether simply updating us on the market or talking through the offers, inspection processes and closing were invaluable to our successful and happy transactions.

Andrew J. Butler, Vice Chairman, Cottingham & Butler, Inc.
Recently, Wetzel Aviation sold our turboprop and we found Jack and his team to be straightforward and honest in all our dealings.  Their assessment of the value and time necessary to sell the airplane was spot on.

Once the contract was singed, they handled the pre-purchase inspection process to insure our best interest and guided us through handling the discrepancy list quickly and fairly.  There were a number of items where they went beyond our expectations to help.   It is without any hesitation we would recommend Wetzel Aviation, Inc.

Jim Geesey, CEO, Mountain West Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company

I was introduced to Wetzel Aviation by a business colleague who had previously purchased two aircraft from Jack Wetzel and was very satisfied with their service.  We required a Learjet 35A and Bryon Mobley quickly located several aircraft and provided valuable advice on condition, history and records review.  We purchased that aircraft with confidence and it was delivered to our customer and commenced flying operations ahead of schedule.  We required two additional Learjet 35A’s over the next several years and contacted one company, Wetzel Aviation.  Once again, the aircraft review was accurate and we purchased the aircraft with confidence and delivery was quick and efficient.  We are very satisfied with the service provided from Jack and Bryon and would have no hesitation in recommending Wetzel Aviation to our business colleagues.

Chris Sievers, Managing Director, Air Affairs Australia

Despite being faced with near impossible deadlines and strict aircraft specifications, in 2012 Jim and Pat sourced aircraft from around the world for a new contract we were awarded.  An incredible amount of work went into sourcing, inspecting, delivering and closing six transactions in a very short time, and this resulted in a very successful outcome for Carson Air.

Myself, and company President and founder Kevin Carson would not hesitate in recommending Pat Searle and Jim Riner, along with the whole team at Wetzel Aviation for your aircraft brokerage needs.

Kevin Hillier, Carson Air Ltd., Kelowna BC-Canada