Jet Test and Transport was officially founded in 2006 by Gloyd Robinson and Steven Giordano; however, prior to operating as Jet Test, Robinson and Giordano contracted for Robert Allen's company Avia Crew Leasing which began ferry and test flight operations in 1999. Initially the company operated in support of B737, DC-9, MD-80, and B757/767 operations worldwide, utilizing 3rd party flight support resources. Even in the beginning, all of the flying was conducted by the 3 partners. Jet Test and Avia Crew Leasing operated separately for a number of years under an informal agreement not to encroach on each others customers; as Giordano, Robinson, and Allen all remained good friends - even helping one another when times were busy.
In 2014, Avia Crew Leasing and Jet Test and Transport merged into a single company with the vision of creating the first and only DEDICATED transaction-related flight operations company, complete with in-house resources such as our own crews, an in-house dispatch and planning facility with licensed dispatchers, a proprietary operations management system, CMS, and trip-planning system, ferry equipment such as SATCOMs, portable HF Radios, life rafts, ELTs, staffed A&P mechanics, an A134 BCAA operating certificate, standardization and training programs, and a corporate travel agency.
Today, Jet Test and Transport operates approximately 250 individual flight operations per year, on and between 6 continents, on behalf of dozens of Airlines, Lessors, MROs, and STC holders. We can support operations on FAA, EASA, Bermuda, Guernsey, and about 30 different international registrations with license validations. We purchase about 4.0 Million gallons of Jet-A per year, and operate on our own ICAO callsign "JTN". The Managing Partners and In-house crews can operate the following aircraft types: B717, B727, B737, B747, B757, B767, B777, B787, A300, A310, A319/20/21, A330, A340, A350, ERJ135/145, ERJ170/190, CRJ, ATR42/72, DHC-8/Q400, L382, DC-9, MD-80, and DC-10/MD11. We also have a flight test and special-projects team with Security Clearance and 20 years of operational and flight-test experience on both military and civil aircraft platforms.
Our latest endeavor is the rollout of Jet Test OMS (Operations and Management Services) which provides Air Carrier Certificate (121/135) Consulting and Planning as well as Part 125 post-holder, management services, and long-term flight crew solutions for private operators and corporate shuttle operations.
Jet Test Team
Originally hailing from Lexington Kentucky, Bob Allen has been flying professionally since the late 1980s. Prior to forming Avia Crew Leasing in 1999, Allen flew for various airlines including Eastern Airlines, Great American, Legend, Far East Air Transport, and Eva Air. Allen was the first of the Managing Partners to break from the Airlines, and was an innovator in the 3rd party flight ops Test and Ferry world. For over 20 years, Allen has commanded thousands of worldwide test and delivery flights on nearly every transport category aircraft flying. Allen serves as Jet Test's Director of Flight Operations, and has over 20,000 flight hours with command ratings on the B727, B737, B757, B767, B777, A320, A330, A340, and DC-9. Allen is a co-founder and volunteer with the Humanitarian Lift Project where he has volunteered time, resources, and skills in sourcing and distributing aid to people in need. Outside of flying, Allen is an avid adventurer, athlete, and practices Krav Maga.
Gloyd Robinson received his first type rating on the B737 in 1995 when he was only 19 years old. From that point on Robinson spent his entire career in flight operations and management within the Aviation Industry, He has over 15 years at the Airlines, flying for both Casino Express and Allegiant Air, where he served as a Check Airman on the B757 and was part of the ETOPS certification team. Robinson founded Jet Test and Transport in 2006 after serving as a freelance contract crew member for Avia Crew Leasing and other ferry companies. Robinson has over 18,000 hours of flight time and holds command ratings on the B737, B747, B757, B767, B777, A320, A330, A340, and DC-9. Robinson resides in the Las Vegas, Nevada area and is heavily involved in the community, where he volunteers with Another Joy Foundation and the Humanitarian Lift Project. Robinson collects classic cars and can be often found in his hangar at Henderson airport doing airplane stuff.
With 20 years of Aviation experience, Steven Giordano spent the majority of that time directly involved in flight operations, management, and business strategy. Prior to co-founding Jet Test and Transport, Giordano worked for several Part 121 and 135 Airlines including: (10 years) at Allegiant Air, preceded by stints at Mesa Airlines, Shuttle America, & Cape Air. Giordano is entrepreneurial by nature and leads Jet Test's strategic planning and commercial side in addition to his general management and flying duties. Giordano also has a great deal of experience in Aircraft Trading and Leasing, as well as a good working knowledge of maintenance and MRO operations. Giordano has over 17,000 hours of flight time and holds ATP/ATPL certificates with command ratings on the B737, B757, B767, B777, A320, A330, A340, DC-9, DHC-8, and CE550. Giordano attended Arizona State University and ERAU, and also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Giordano is involved in the community where he founded the Humanitarian Lift Project, an Aviation-oriented 501C3 relief organization, and also runs Jet Test's collegiate internship program. Giordano resides in the Suburbs of Philadelphia where he was born and raised with his Wife, Avery and 4 sons. Giordano is also heavily involved in General Aviation as the proud owner of an Aerostar 600 which he also uses to conduct dog-rescue missions in his spare time.
Director of S.O.C. / Planning
Chris Fochuk is an Aviation Professional with over 28 years of experience in flight operations support and services, including flight planning, aircraft performance, permits, weather, contract fuel, ground handling and management. Chris consistently demonstrates strong customer service and support skills and has developed excellent relationships all over the world with customers, agents, and vendors. Chris has achieved many years of success with well established aviation companies such as World Fuel Services Corporation, Colt International LLC, and Skyplan Services Ltd.
Starting at Skyplan (Calgary), Chris spent the first couple years of his Aviation career learning the various forms of Flight Operations Support (airline, private, corporate, ferry) which also lead to living a year in Moscow, Russia as well as Toronto, Canada as Flight Operations Manager. After 10 years at Skyplan, it was on to Colt International where Chris spent the next 15 years, first as Manager, Flight Operations of the Canada office (Calgary) and then as Vice President of the Canada office which included sales and customer service responsibilities. Chris then spent the next 3 years with World Fuel Services Corporation as Vice President of Sales (flight ops support and contract fuel).
Chris currently resides in Calgary, AB Canada with his family
Vice President, Commercial
Wes Gardner serves as the Commercial Director for Jet Test and Transport overseeing the company’s marketing and commercial strategy and maintaining the company’s relationships with leasing executives, technical representatives, and air carriers around the world. Prior to his appointment to his Executive position, Wes served as the Asia-Regional Project Manager and as a B757/767 and B737 Captain with Jet Test. Having started his aviation career in Northern Canada as a “Bush Pilot” flying numerous bush planes on wheels, floats, skis and tundra tires he holds Canadian, US, Maldivian, and Macau ATP/ATPL certificates with command ratings on the B737, B757, B767, DHC7, and DHC-6 Twin Otter as well as a Multi-Engine Seaplane rating. Prior to joining Jet Test his previous position had him in a senior airline management role and Post Holder position as the Director of Flight Operations with MEGA Maldives. Being the only Asia-based manager at Jet Test, he is often by default, the “overnight” duty manager! Wes resides in Bangkok Thailand with his wife and 2 sons.
Operations Project Manager; Flight Test Program Manager
Chris Heber retired from the US Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2018 after 20 years of service. In the USAF, Heber served as an Operational Test Instructor Pilot on the F-16, as well as a Developmental Test, Operational Instructor Pilot, and Operational Fighter Pilot all on the F-16. He also served as an Inspector General and Chief of Training in Korea. Heber holds a BS in History from the University of Texas Arlington, a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy University, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Yonsei University in Seoul Korea. Heber was an Air Force Olmsted Scholar, holds a Top-Secret security clearance, and is fluent in Korean.
Heber heads up the Aircraft Operational Test component of Jet Test, where he conducts and oversees post maintenance acceptance flights, certification and test flight operations, and operates worldwide ferry flights with the rest of the Jettest team. Chris holds an FAA ATP with PIC type ratings on the B737 & DHC-8, and SIC ratings on the A320/330/340, B777, B757, B767, and DC-9. Heber and his wife, Also a USAF pilot, reside with their children in Northern Florida.
Director - Aircraft Technical Operations
Ed Fanning operates, coordinates, and directs all onsite technical operations, provides technical consulting services, and is an integral member of the Jettest Asset Recovery Team; our flagship service of providing fully-managed aircraft redelivery and repossession services from planning to execution.
Ed started his career in Aviation at the age of 17, where after graduating from High School, Ed joined the United States Army, and was based in Heidelberg, Germany as a Crew Chief for the Commander of USAREUR headquarters.
Once finishing his career in the Army, Ed entered into the World of Commercial Aviation, working for companies such as Eastern Airlines, America West, Express One and Gemini Air Cargo where he held titles such as: Sr Mechanic, Sr Maintenance Representative, Heavy Maintenance Manager, Quality Control Manager and Director of Engineering. In 2004 Ed went to work for “International Lease Finance Corporation” ( ILFC / AerCap ) in the roll of VP Technical, his duties consisted of: building delivery and return condition and End-of-Life Agreements, repossession of aircraft, auditing of aircraft records, reserve claims, overseeing budgets for maintenance of aircraft, and delivering aircraft to the lessees. Ed maintains great working relationships with all of his Customers and MROs past and present, and is widely known in the leasing industry as one of the top in the field.
Ed’s hobbies consist of all type of Motorsports, and traveling with his wife Julianne.
Flight Operations Manager
Taylor Brown joined the Jet Test team in 2016 and quickly advanced to the position of Flight Operations Manager. Taylor serves as the primary interface between Jet Test crews and customer representatives in the planning and execution of international flight ops. Brown's experience comes from both the Airline and Corporate Flight Department world where he has served as an E-170/190 Captain and A320 First Officer in Part 121 ops, and Cessna Citation and BeechJet in corporate ops. Taylor holds an ATP with PIC Type ratings on the B737, B757, B767, A320, E-170, E-190, CE500, and BE-40. Brown resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and 2 sons.