More than a job. We Live to Fly.

The XCEL JET team eats, sleeps and breaths aviation. We are a team passionate about what we do and focused on sharing our knowledge and advice so each client can benefit from several heads rather than just one.

Meet the Team

Robert Tmur

Founder and President

Robert Tmur is a founder of XCEL JET and serves as the company’s President. He is responsible for oversight of all departments. Robert spearheads aircraft acquisition and the Treasury functions.

With more than 35 years of operational and financial experience, Robert has extensive practice and understanding of the implementation of accounting programs, financial strategic planning, tax analysis, operational forecasting and planning, risk management practices and investment strategies. He began his career at Deloitte and has served in various senior financial management positions.

Robert holds a current California Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license/certificate. He is a Multi-Engine and Single Engine Airline Transport (ATP) Rated Pilot. With more than 5,500 hours of flight time, Robert holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. Currently he is type rated and maintains currency in the LR45 series.

Robert earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration/Accounting from California State University Northridge.

Scott Howard

Founder and COO

Scott Howard is a founder of XCEL JET and serves as the company’s Chief Operations Officer. He provides day-to-day oversight and general management of the company. Scott also servers as chief pilot and captain and is responsible for all flight policies and procedures.

Scott is an experienced and dedicated pilot with extensive knowledge of aircraft systems, 135 flight and ground instruction. With more than 12,000 hours of flying experience domestically and internationally, Scott holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), CFI, CFII, and MEI certificates. Currently he is type rated and maintains currency in the LR45 series.

With a personal focus on excellent customer service and innovation, Scott brings a comprehensive understanding of aviation to XCEL JET having served in such capacities as chief pilot, Citation captain and management services for various companies.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Aviation Safety from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.

Marcus Tmur

Director of Charter Sales

Marcus Tmur is currently serving as the Director of Charter Sales for XCEL JET. He is responsible for the oversight of the Sales Department while ensuring that all transactions and flights are conducted smoothly and with the best possible service to the customer.

Marcus graduated from the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. He has been with the XCEL JET team since 2017 and is studying to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with aspirations of becoming the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for XCEL JET in the future.

Doug Henderson

Director of Maintenance

Doug is responsible for ensuring day to day operations of maintenance compliance, overseeing inspection activities and the primary contact with FAA inspectors. Certifying proper aircraft documentation and return to service of aircraft after work performed, Doug’s skills, dedication and dependability guarantees the safety of the XCEL JET fleet.

Doug’s vast background provides XCEL JET with over 30 years of aviation maintenance experience having served as A&P Mechanic/Supervisor, Maintenance General Supervisor, Chief Inspector/Accountable Manager and Director of Maintenance.

Doug’s accountability and maintenance knowledge are reflective of his wide range of education received from Texas Aero Tech, CFM 56 engine familiarization, McDonald Douglas DC-8 systems, Boeing 727/737 systems and rigging, Piaggio factory training and PT6 familiarization, Simuflight Cessna 560 familiarization training, Flight Safety Gulfstream 200/V maintenance training, and GMM/document training 135 operators. Doug has also completed the CAE Master Aircraft Technician Award Program specializing in the Learjet40/45 aircraft.

A Mantra of Safety

Our company is based on the understanding that safety is priority one. Each member of our team believes safety is one part being prepared, one part being thorough and one part being open and honest – always. Simply put, we aim to do the right thing, which we believe makes our practices extraordinarily comprehensive. In addition to this, we are committed to “never stop learning” and continually look to improve upon our procedures.

Our safety values are prevalent in every aspect of what we do and can be seen in the registered third-party guidelines we follow in addition to our own rigorously detailed in-house safety procedures.

Third-Party Safety Ratings & Procedures

Fact: Not all private jet operators have a third-party safety rating.
Fact: Third-party auditors maintain exceeded levels of safety not reached by the majority of operators in the United States.
Fact: Over 60% of private jet operators have NOT passed a third-party due diligence system.

XCEL JET is a Wyvern registered company utilizing the Pilot and Aircraft Safety Survey (PASS) program, one of the most widely used and sophisticated trip-specific due diligence reports. The company has also achieved the ARGUS Gold Standard having passed the CHEQ system, a constantly updated system that verifies three major components: historical safety ratings, pilot experience and background checks and current aircraft safety status.

The company also employs the FAA’s Flight Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT), which works to provide a proactive identification of possible hazards, assessing and mitigating risk. The tools provide us with the ability to measure and reduce risk when possible. XCEL JET also has internally developed protocols for when an unusually high risk is identified and has specific practices to determine the safest strategies based on established information.

We do all this to provide the safest outcome for every. single. flight.