Set Jet is privately held and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Set Jet is a Membership based private jet charter flight platform, available exclusively for its security pre-screened and approved Members. Membership is available to a limited number of approved members in each city. Set Jet’s revolutionary new approach to facilitating private jet air travel was conceived by a group of successful entrepreneurs with decades of diverse marketing and aviation experience.
The company was co-founded by Tom Smith. Mr. Smith comes from a very successful 18 year tenure as the Chairman and Co-Founder of TASER® International where he built the business from a start-up, to a publicly traded company with $100 Million in gross sales and a $2 billion market cap. Mr. Smith is also an accomplished jet pilot with approximately 10,000 hours of flight time.
Prior to joining Set Jet, John Szakach was a former United Airlines Director – Flight Standards & Quality Control Captain and Line Check Airman with over 40 years of total flight experience, including 20 years Part 121 (airline) experience. John attained a very high level of senior leadership expertise in other commercial areas, complementing his abilities as a leader of Flight Operations. John was also an acting Flight Manager and Flight Operations Duty Manager. His direct responsibilities included maintaining FAA certification for all standard operating procedures and training standards for more than 10,000 pilots in six different fleets. John holds type ratings in five different aircraft, was a Line Check Airman in the A320 and B737, and was a Standards Captain or Pilot Instructor in the A320, B727, B737, and B757/767. In addition, Szakach was Chairman of the Pilot Hiring Board responsible for hiring over 1,000 pilots and served as company spokesperson for United at numerous recruiting events.
Mark Barkdull has over 30 years of experience in Aircraft Maintenance and Maintenance Operations. Over the past 11 years, Mark has worked for U.S. Air (formerly known as America West Airlines), in various capacities including Senior Technician, Senior Tech Rep for Aircraft Acquisitions, Maintenance Controller and Maintenance Operations Control Manager. Mr. Barkdull has been factory trained and is technically proficient on several airframes including but not limited to: Boeing 737, 747, Airbus 319, 320 and various Bombardier, McDonnell Douglas, and Lockheed products, among many other commercial and private aircraft makes and models. Additionally, Mark is factory trained on Pratt & Whitney and Garrett Turbine engines, as well as on various avionics and electronics systems. Prior to his tenure with U.S. Air, while simultaneously working for various other air carriers including Mark Air and Polar Air Cargo, Mark was certified for FAA Inspection Authorization for almost 10 years.
The Set Jet concept was created in order to provide its Members with an unparalleled experience. Set Jet facilitates VIP private jet charters to six of the most frequently traveled destinations on the West Coast; Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and San Francisco, as well as non-stop private jet charter flights between Los Angeles and New York City. Members may also participate in seasonal private jet charter flights between Los Angeles and Cabo San Lucas and Scottsdale and Cabo San Lucas, as well as between Los Angeles and Aspen and Scottsdale and Aspen. Set Jet facilitates this unique members-only based service from non-congested and conveniently located VIP private terminals, without the traditional inconveniences related to commercial air travel, such as advance notice for booking flights, price premiums for last minute travel, time allowance for driving to primary airports, check-in requirements, security delays and parking expenses.
Set Jet facilitates the safest and most luxurious form of air travel in the industry, at a reasonable price, without any of the inconveniences typically associated with flying commercial or the expense of flying private.
Set Jet facilitates private jet charter flights for its Members on the proven Bombardier Challenger 850/CRJ 200 and CRJ900 aircraft, specifically customized to an ultra-VIP, 15-19 seat cabin configuration. Set Jet uses FAA PART 135 operators to execute all charter flights and does not own or operate any aircraft. Pilots are typically military-trained jet fighter pilots of the highest caliber, with extensive experience and an impeccable service background. Set Jet’s customer service representatives are trained to provide exceptional five-star service.
Set Jet’s strategic partners and hospitality, food & beverage, health & beauty and ground transportation providers include; Bombardier Aerospace, Atlantic Aviation, Signature Aviation, Landmark Aviation, Hertz, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Michael Dominick’s Steakhouse, Ocean Prime Restaurant, Mastro’s Restaurants, Ocean Club, City Hall, and Eddie V’s among others.