Sun Rises on New Version of Sunset Aviation

 - February 26, 2009, 11:04 AM

The owners of Sunset Aviation, the charter/management company sold to JetDirect Aviation in May 2007, have formed a new company called Sunset Aviation LLC. The new Sunset expects to receive its FAA Part 135 certificate within a week or 10 days, according to primary shareholder and CEO Dan Drohan, and should grow from 30 aircraft currently to near 50 by the end of next month and add authorization for 10-or-more-seat jets in about 90 days. Based in Petaluma, Calif., the new Sunset Aviation LLC has also hired former JetDirect Aviation president Jake Cartwright, as well as other former JetDirect personnel. Drohan said Sunset Aviation LLC “is smaller, leaner and not leveraged,” which will help the company attract the right employees and succeed in an economy that has had a dramatic negative effect on the charter business. “It’s been a rough couple of years,” he said. “What we have here and what we want to build, Jake identifies with.” Cartwright retired from JetDirect Aviation late last month. JetDirect Aviation was supposed to sell Sunset Aviation back to its owners by the end of February, but that transaction has not yet concluded.