Market Research - our unique way of studying and analyzing the market defines everything else that we do as a company. Each sales and acquisitions person specializes in a particular line of aircraft, monitoring sales activity, trends and values. This gives us a competitive edge when it comes to finding, selling or valuating any kind of turbine aircraft.
Aircraft Sales - combining both traditional and innovative marketing techniques with a vast network of industry connections, Charlie Bravo Aviation is recognized worldwide as a leader in marketing and selling pre-owned aircraft. Our thorough market research helps us set realistic ask prices and identify competitive aircraft offerings and their weaknesses.
Aircraft Acquistions - with a mandate to call every aircraft owner in the world in their respective markets, Charlie Bravo Analysts often know about off-market aircraft and true "take" prices for those on the market. Our market research methodology helps us identify the best plane for your budget and mission before we handle all of the other aspects of your aircraft acquisition.
Charlie Bravo Aviation was founded in 2008 by Rene and Curt Banglesdorf. Since its inception, Charlie Bravo has tripled its staff to include specialists covering nearly every line of popular business jet available on the market. In 2009, the company became the first broker and dealer of aircraft to hold a woman-owned business certification.
In 2010 the company launched a turboprop division, and it added turbine rotorcraft to its specialties in 2013.
In its brief flirtation with charter brokering, Charlie Bravo became the official private aviation partner of Circuit of the Americas and provided helicopter shuttle for the inaugural Formula One race in Austin in 2012.
Charlie Bravo Aviation Co-Founder and CEO René Banglesdorf provides company leadership and management from her work in a number of industries. She pulls marketing and entreprenuerial experience from the software, telecom, retail, publishing and aviation industries.
René serves as a spokesperson for business aviation and women in aviation in speaking and press appearances all over the world. She sits on the governing board of Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy, a group that teaches the love of STEM learning through aviation in her local community. She also serves on the advisory board of Sky Hope Network, a charitable organization that utilizes business aviation to help in times of natural disaster or life-threatening situations. René is an active member of the Women Presidents Organization, International Aviation Women's Association, the National Business Aircraft Association and the National Air Transportation Association President's Council.
René is finally learning to fly...
Charlie Bravo Aviation Co-Founder and President Curt Banglesdorf has more than 20 years of experience in the aviation industry and started selling when he learned to talk.
Curt sold advertising for Avionics Magazine where he learned of the fascinating business of pre-owned aircraft sales. He began working as a researcher at Gantt Aviation in 2002. Within a year, he was the company's leading salesman and promoted to Director of Jet Sales. In 2008, he started Charlie Bravo Aviation with René and has continued his success, increasing his expertise to include heavier iron, turboprops and more international deals.
In his spare time, Curt works on his golf game...in fact, he got a hole-in-one on this 200-yard par 3 July 4, 2014.
As the son of a retired US Air Force fighter pilot, Steve Gerlinger has aviation in his blood. After attending Texas State University, Steve's career in aircraft marketing analysis, sales, and acquisitions got off the ground at Gantt Aviation, where he specialized in the turbine rotorcraft market. In 2004, Steve founded his own aviation business, focusing on value-added services for a range of business aircraft.
With his robust experience in turbine helicopters, Steve joined Charlie Bravo Aviation in 2013 to help expand their offerings and build on his previous success.
When he's not on the phone, Steve can be found in the gym...
Jason Deifik serves as Charlie Bravo Aviation's Citation Analyst. Jason’s primary responsibilities at Charlie Bravo Aviation include tracking on-market activity and identifying off-market aircraft, providing valuations and detailed market analysis, and locating and selling aircraft for potential buyers and current owners. He stays in constant communication with aircraft owners all over the world and maintains an extensive network of industry resources and contacts.
Jason is a graduate of Texas Tech University and possesses a diverse background in sales and business development. His love for aviation began on a sales call when he experienced first-hand the convenience of business aircraft.
Jason is an avid sports fan and a competitive soccer player who enjoys Texas BBQ and traveling with his beautiful wife...
Spencer Conklin comes from a long legacy of aviation pioneers. His grandfather started the first commercial aviation company in New England. Conklin Aviation delivered mail in Cosmic, Standard and Jenny airplanes. Spencer's uncle worked with and helped Bill Lear start Learjet. His father and brothers are pilots, and Spencer is pursuing his private pilot's license now. Spencer launched his aiviation career at Gantt Aviation as a researcher selling Citation jets. Spencer joined Charlie Bravo five years ago and presently follows the Hawker Beech markets.
Outside of work and his aviation passion, Spencer is a competitive triathlete and adventure race participant. He conducts running clinics on the weekends and can frequently be found with his two favorite canine running buddies.
Jake Banglesdorf handles Bombardier research and analysis for Charlie Bravo Aviation. Jake is a third generation private aviation professional. His grandfather was a career corporate pilot and his parents founded Charlie Bravo. He began his aviation career detailing King Airs and refueling everything from Blackhawks and Gulfstreams to Cessna 172s at the Georgetown, TX municipal airport. Jake also handled customer service at Charlie Bravo Charter's Formula One helicopter debut. His most apparent work, however, is probably as the photographer for the Charlie Bravo Aviation calendars from 2012-2015.
Jake recently graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Communications and a minor in Spanish. He looks forward to expanding the company's Latin American business.
When he's not thinking about planes, Jake can be found on the golf course or twirling his fiancée around a dance floor--wherever that may be...
Sarah Wofford handles marketing and office administration for Charlie Bravo Aviation. Hailing from Abilene, Texas, Sarah grew up around small aircraft from her father's love for airplanes. Sarah recently graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising along with Business and Spanish minors. Her semester abroad in Florence, Italy gave her an immense knowledge about cultures abroad, manufacturing, the Italian language and most importantly, pizza.
Be sure to look for Sarah in the upcoming 2015 Charlie Bravo Aviation Calendar.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, exercising, learning languages, traveling and exploring the Austin area.
Tibor W. Farkas has more than 25 years of aviation experience. While attending college at the University of Central Texas in their Aviation Degree Program, Tibor was an apprentice airplane mechanic and commercial ferry pilot & instructor. Since then his aviation career path has included flying Part 135 charter, corporate aviation, and Part 121 operations for the largest airlines in the world. For six years in the mid 90s, and while maintaining a full airline schedule, he performed aerobatics as an airshow pilot in the famous Pitts S2B aircraft. In 1997 he flew his airplane in the US National Aerobatic Contest and won the championship title in the Sportsman Category.
Presently Tibor manages our King Air and Citation-specific flight operations (without aerobatics) to include aircraft appearance and dispatch, maintenance scheduling and test flights, customer pick up, deliveries, and demonstration flights. When he is not heading off to a new destination, he can readily be found at a poker table collecting all the chips ...
"Over the years, Curt has bought or sold 10 or so aircraft for me and each time I am very pleased and impressed at what he is able to accomplish. Most importantly, he is a straight shooter and he will tell you what you need to hear and not necessarily what you want to hear! This has caused me to have great confidence in Curt so I am equally confident in recommending his services to you."
Executive Vice President - Jet Services, Inc.
“Charlie Bravo Aviation respected our time and efforts, were honest to us, did not promise things they could not achieve and took less time than the market average to sell the advertised aircraft.”
CFO in Greek Shipping Company
"Thank you for your assistance in determining the asset value of our King Air Fleet. As you are aware, the TxDOT Flight Services Section is required to annually update our "Fleet-Replacement Plan." Your precise evaluation of our fleet composition and current market value is a critical metric determining future fleet composition in terms of scope and type of aircraft."
J. F. Joseph Director
Flight Services Section TxDOT Aviation Division
"Charlie Bravo has a staff of researchers who constantly monitor the market to find “off market” aircraft. These are aircraft that have not yet been listed for sale and the opportunity exists to negotiate a very favorable price. In some cases, the aircraft are already listed but [Charlie Bravo] has so many contacts and relationships in the industry that [its sales team] is still able to work wonders."
Executive Vice President - Jet Services, Inc.