Van Bortel

Van Bortel Aircraft, Inc. is The World's Largest Cessna Dealer!

We only sell the very best Cessna aircraft and deliver them to our customers the way we would want them delivered. Every Cessna we sell comes with our exclusive 100% money-back guarantee and our Purchase Protection Plan. At Van Bortel, Your Satisfaction is our Reputation®!

Our culture is simple: we have great admiration for the general aviation community and its people. We do business the old-fashioned way: with integrity, respect, and trust. We care about people, our customers, vendors, and employees; doing the right thing by them is what we are all about! We feel honored to be in this business and to serve our customers every day.

Van Bortel Team

The Team is dedicated to serving customers and helping you sell your Cessna! These talented and experienced folks are always professional and friendly, and ready to carry out the promise of Van Bortel Aircraft's Purchase Protection Plan.

Howard G. Van Bortel President and Sales
George E. Van Bortel Vice President and Sales
Randall Funston Sales Manager
Marsha Spence Contract Administrator
Phil Thye Operations
Laura Howell Sales
Laura Howell Sales
Blake Childs Sales
James Towle Sales
Jackson Marincik Sales
Howard Van Bortel Jr. Sales
Felicia Hale Receptionist
Brian Bourett Finance General Manager
Maureen Scarborough Loan Administrator
Kalieh Newell Loan Administrator
Drake King Assistant Aircraft Buyer
Brady Glover Assistant Aircraft Buyer
Brooke Moore Purchasing Assistant
John "Rusty" Hoffman Vice President / Inspector A&P -IA
Paul Park Chief Inspector A&P
Bill Prince Service Manager / Inspector A&P
Gary Conover Avionics Manager / Inspector
Sam Wall Avionics Technician / Inspector
Eric Monroe A&P Low Wing Aircraft
Scott Elliott Inspector A&P
Jeff Shehu Shop Manager / Inspector - Low Wing A&P
Sean Cross Inspector A&P

Our History

Howard G. Van Bortel founded Van Bortel Aircraft in 1985, as a privately owned and operated company. Howard is an aircraft owner, pilot, and entrepreneur with more than 35 years of experience in the general aviation industry. Howard learned to fly in a Cessna 150 on a grass strip in Upstate New York in 1975 and quickly became passionate about flying and aviation. That passion fueled launching Van Bortel Aircraft with $1,000 in the bank, and running it on a card table in his sister's living room. While never compromising principles, he always provides customers with the absolute best Cessna aircraft and cares for customers like no one in this world. Howard G. Van Bortel turned a $1,000 investment into the world's most recognized, trusted, and respected Cessna dealer.

In 1987, Van Bortel Aircraft moved to the Monroe County Airport in Rochester, New York, and began specializing in Cessna 172s. In 1989, the operation moved to Arlington, Texas, with more than 50 Cessna Skyhawks in inventory. In 1992, Air Power, Inc. was established to sell, service, and distribute factory engines and parts at wholesale prices.

By 1997, Van Bortel Aircraft's service center had become world-renowned for its quality workmanship on Cessna Aircraft, and the Cessna Aircraft Company honored Van Bortel Aircraft with a Cessna PropJet Service Center designation—one of only 10 in the United States!


Van Bortel Aircraft, Inc.

Corporate Office

Arlington Municipal Airport (KGKY)
4912 South Collins
Arlington, Texas 76018
(817) 468-7788 (800) 759-4295

Sales Department

George E. Van Bortel

Vice President, Sales & Service


Service Department (High Wing)

Bill Prince

(800) 759-4295 (817) 468-7788 bprince@vanbortel.com service@vanbortel.com

Service Department (Cessna TTx, 400, and 350)

Jeff Shehu

(800) 759-4295 (817) 468-7788 dtaylor@vanbortel.com service@vanbortel.com

Van Bortel Finance Corporation

Brian Bourett, General Manager

(800) 289-8443 bbourett@vanbortel.com

Air Power, Inc.


Corporate Office

Arlington Municipal Airport
4900 South Collins
Arlington, TX 76018

Darryl Taylor, General Manager

(817) 557-5857 (800) 247-7693

Engines Department

Joe Artilles, Factory Engines Manager

(817) 557-5857 (800) 247-7693 jartiles@airpowerinc.com info@factoryengines.com

Warranty Department

Natalie Porter

(866) 287-8886 (817) 557-5857 nporter@airpowerinc.com

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