About us

About Us


Worldwide Jet Charter is a unique private jet charter company that has built a reputation for safety, luxury, customer service, integrity, and professional discretion. Worldwide Jet Charter operates our aircraft under FAA part 135 rules and regulations certificate #WWQA554N.

Company Overview:

Worldwide Jet is an industry leader in private air charter. We embrace the highest possible standards when it comes to convenience, luxury, safety and security. We are known throughout the world for our unparalleled service to our clients and our operational excellence. On a daily basis, we fly world leaders, entertainers, superstar athletes, and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, just like you. Their trust is our endorsement.

We have translated the meticulous service of a five star hotel to every Worldwide Jet flight. Whether you are flying coast-to-coast or to an international destination, we cater to your every need. Our growing private jet fleet consists of LearJet, Challenger and Gulfstream luxury aircraft.


Management bios:


Andrew S. Kaufman
President and CEO

Mr. Kaufman brings to the Worldwide Jet team 20 years of aviation experience, with a background in Part 91, 121, and 135 operations. Over the course of his career, he has been a flight instructor, has held posts overseas managing and operating aircraft in Eastern Europe in worldwide operations, and served as Chief Pilot and Director of Operations.

In his current role, Mr. Kaufman is responsible for the day-to-day flight and business operations of Worldwide Jet, including new business development, client relations, and aircraft acquisitions. Mr. Kaufman graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications, and has a Masters of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Additionally, he is type rated in the Westwind IA-JET, Challenger CL-600 series, and the Global Express BBD-700.


Carlos Avila
VP, Charter Operations/Chief Flight Scheduler

With an educational background in computer software, hardware and networking, Mr. Avila has been integral in advancing Worldwide Jet technologically, all the while honoring the “old school” simplicity of the processes that has made this company a success.

In addition to his role as VP of Charter Operations and Chief Flight Scheduler, Mr. Avila is type rated and serves as Captain on the CL-600 and Gulfstream G-IV/SP.


Larry Hughes
Vice President, Aircraft Sales

Since 1982, Mr. Hughes has been buying and selling aircraft, initially as a salesman for the Piper Aircraft dealership in San Diego, California. Within two years, Mr. Hughes was the owner of the dealership. In 1985 Mr. Hughes was appointed the Western Region Distributor for Piper, responsible for the seven western states.

In 1987, the Piper Aircraft Company filed for bankruptcy and eliminated their distribution network. Mr. Hughes went into business for himself, exclusively marketing pre-owned jets.

Mr. Hughes brings this vast experience to Worldwide Jet as Vice President of Aircraft Sales.


Ronald Schiffman
Director of Retail Sales

Mr. Schiffman joined Worldwide Jet in 2006 bringing his extensive knowledge of logistics and aviation to the organization. His career in aviation started in 1980 with his first FAA pilot rating. With a passion for travel, he later started Center Travel where he was the President and CEO, handling private jet logistics for some of the largest music and entertainment clients in the world. In 2003 Mr. Schiffman formed Ascent Jet Charter and focused specifically on the charter jet business. His philosophy is “there are no problems, only solutions.” With this attitude, Mr. Schiffman is the right person to make your charter flight happen smoothly and cost effectively.


John Gaines
Director of Maintenance

Mr. Gaines brings 23 years of aviation maintenance experience to the company. He holds an Airframe & Power Plant license along with an Inspection Authorization license. Over 13 years at Bombardier Aerospace Mr. Gaines started as a mechanic and quickly moved up to Lead Mechanic, Project Supervisor, and then Regional Manager. He realized he wanted to expand his experience to Part 135 operations and became Chief Inspector for a Part 135 operator. Within 2 years he was the Director of Maintenance.

As Worldwide Jet’s Director of Maintenance, Mr. Gaines is responsible for providing safe, reliable, airworthy aircraft in support of customer requirements and directs the overall aircraft maintenance functions of the company, including all aspects of FAA, ARG/US, Wyvern and IS-BAO compliance.


Mark Rohleder
Chief Inspector

Mr. Rohleder has been in the aviation industry since 1975, bringing to Worldwide Jet his vast experience of aircraft maintenance. He has worked for Part 145, 135 & 91 operations including Fortune 500 flight departments, and has over 30 years’ experience with Gulfstream Aircraft along with Challenger, Citation, Hawker to name a few. Mr. Rohleder an Airframe & Power Plant License along with an Inspection Authorization license.

Mr. Rohleder’s duties as Worldwide Jet’s Chief Inspector include working with the Director of Maintenance to ensure the safety, reliability, and airworthiness of the aircraft including all aspects of FAA, Wyvern, ARG/US, & IS-BAO compliance. Mr. Rohleder also holds an FAA Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument privileges.


Noel Fournier
Vice President of Business Development

With over 20 years of aviation experience, Noel Fournier joins the company as VP of Business Development. Prior to joining Worldwide Jet, Noel served in various roles of business development, sales and operations for several premiere Part 135/91 charter and aircraft management companies. In addition, Noel spent the last eight years with a national fuel supplier responsible for sales/business development of its contract fuel program. His passion for the business and ability to form lasting relationships is a welcomed asset to the team.


For more information about us call (602) 726-9990 or
email
charter@worldwidejet.com.


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