Over 50 years of aviation experience and solid, old principles of personal service, quality and trust...
Aircraft Management & Consulting, founded in 1998, is the latest company in a succession of aviation related businesses by Bruce Francis. Bruce has been involved almost exclusively in corporate aviation management since 1966. During his career, he has seen aviation evolve into an integral part of today's modern, efficient business environment.
Bruce realized that most aircraft owners never really understood what they were paying for. They knew that it cost money to have an aircraft and they just paid the bill. It is the responsibility of Aircraft Management & Consulting to help you understand what you are paying for. We are dedicated to insuring that our clients are never taken advantage of and that the money used to support an aircraft is wisely spent and accurately recorded.
Aircraft Management & Consulting was started as the ultimate refinement of corporate aviation management as a business. We maintain an exemplary level of personal service and security and have set our own standards of quality. Above all, we establish a relationship with each client that fosters trust and mutual respect.
Bruce Francis, president
Bruce began his career in aviation at age 20. He has flown over 35,000 hours in 59 years. He holds licenses as a private, commercial and multi-engine airline transport pilot, with a certified flight instructor rating in all of these. Additionally, he has in excess of 10 jet type ratings and has held the position of Federal Aviation Administration designated examiner and pilot proficiency examiner in several transport category jet aircraft. His career has been incident and accident free.
He has worked in the corporate aviation management field for the past 47 years.
Bruce owns several independent companies and resides in Minooka, Illinois with his wife and dog.
Our management team has specialized members in all areas of operation.
Jim Buchanan, chief pilot
Jim began his aviation career in Marine Corps aviation. He has flown over 20,000 hours. He is licensed as a private, commercial and multi-engine airline transport pilot with certified flight instructor ratings in all of these. He holds 8 jet type ratings. His career has been incident and accident free. In addition to his flight duties, Jim is responsible for crew recruitment, training and retention.
He has worked in the corporate aviation management field for the past 27 years.
Meg Raia, executive vice president
Meg has a background in finance and accounting initially obtained during her 6 years active duty in the United States Army Finance & Accounting Corps. In aviation she has held positions as Director of Operations and Chief Dispatcher. She has written and maintained anti-drug and alcohol abuse programs mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration. She successfully wrote the application and business plan for an airline operating certificate and was responsible for regulatory compliance and reporting.
Meg is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company including finance and administration. She has worked in the corporate aviation management field for 25 years.
Patti Hill, chief dispatcher
Patti began her aviation career in Operations and Dispatch. Her responsibilities include dispatch, scheduling and operations. Her organizational skills soon expanded her areas of expertise to accounting, including billing, record keeping and reporting. Her strong accounting background is evident in her consistent attention to detail which keeps the company running smoothly.
Patti also works closely with maintenance coordination, regulatory compliance and international flight coordination.
Patti has worked in corporate aviation for 17 years.
Ron Fitzpatrick, director of maintenance, pilot
Ron began his aviation career in the maintenance field. He is licensed as a private, commercial and multi-engine pilot. He is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic and holds the Federal Aviation Administration's advanced designation of Inspection Authorization (IA).
In addition to his flight duties, Ron oversees and coordinates all maintenance operations for the fleet. He has worked in the corporate aviation management field for 27 years.
From the president
Aircraft Management & Consulting is a forward thinking, financial stable organization based on over 50 years of corporate aviation experience and the solid old principles of personal service, quality and trust. This is who we are. This is what we do.
Owning a corporate aircraft is very expensive. Private business aviation is an integral part of today's modern, efficient business environment. Your travel dollars must be prudently invested and selectively spent. It is what we do for you that is different from everyone else. We do all the worrying for you.
Other aviation companies are good at what they do; mostly keeping your corporate airplane busy. That is not our expertise. We make sure nobody ever takes advantage of you, including government agencies, maintenance facilities and crew members.
From day one, we look after you; our client. We make the rules, and Rule One is "take care of the client." We save you money and time automatically because we know how corporate aviation works! We are experts in corporate aviation. Nobody knows our industry better. Everyone says they "know" aviation. How do you know if maintenance costs are correct or if your pilots are trained? We clear up the bull. You'll always know, in advance, what to expect in time and dollars. No surprises.
Should you use a management & consulting company? Of course! Yes, we charge for our services, but you'll save $5 for every $1 spent. We hope you will consider the advisory, management and consulting services of one of the most trusted names in corporate aviation. We look forward to working with you.