Nick Fancher still loves the smell of jet fuel burning in the morning. “It’s an extremely addicting industry,” he says. “It’s a blessing to have a hobby that I can do for a living.” It’s a hobby he fell in love with at the tender age of 12, after riding in the back of a plane during a cousin’s flight lesson.
Although he has his pilot’s license, Fancher doesn’t fly the fleet of planes in commission at his Minnesota-based company, Private Jet Solutions. “I’m a business person and marketer to the core,” he says, which is how he spied an opportunity to develop a thriving private-charter and jet-acquisition business even in a quieter economic time for business and personal travel.
But it isn’t just about skipping the security line. “It’s a time machine,” Fancher says. “Time is finite. It’s really neat to see families come together more than they could normally and spend some quality time together. It’s also exhilarating to help companies be more successful — often, privately held companies are adamant that face-to-face business still matters, and they outperform because of that.”
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