James Butler Brings Private Aviation and Legal Expertise to Robb Report’s “Best of the Best”

Bethesda, Maryland • May 2011

A member of Robb Report’s distinguished Jet Advisory Board, consisting of only the foremost professionals in the private aviation industry, Shaircraft CEO, James D. Butler, once again has contributed to the “Aviation” feature of Robb Report’s annual “Best of the Best” issue.

As a trusted private aviation consultant and attorney, Butler reviewed the industry’s top fractional, jet-card and charter programs — judging them on service, value, reliability and safety.

“It’s always an honor to be called upon by first rate publications such as Robb Report to lend my expertise. We are in the business of advocating for private air travelers and I do my best to help readers understand their options, make the best private jet deals and avoid costly mistakes,” says Butler.

Specializing in fractional jet contracts, Butler emphasized share repurchase value as a key consideration in evaluating fractional programs, “The Achilles’ heel of the fractional model is the residual value that an owner receives at the end of his investment,” he says. “Most fractional owners calculate the cost of this investment based on the buy-in cost for the share and the operating costs. They forget to figure in what they’ll get back when they sell the share.”

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