DAS’ foundation in the industry began in the late 1950’s, when Bob Donath pursued his passion for aviation as a demonstration pilot and aircraft salesman, and subsequently became integrally involved with completion management for some of the earliest business jet operators, at Capital Aviation (now StandardAero) in Springfield, Illinois.
In 1978, Bob launched Donath Aircraft Services to serve many of those same customers as an aircraft broker and completion consultant. Bob’s legacy in business aviation will forever be his many contributions to advancements in the field of aircraft completions, and for setting high professional standards in the area of aircraft brokerage.
Now based in Chicago and managed by Jim Donath, DAS strives to maintain the highest standards in ethics, professionalism and service in the aircraft brokerage industry. DAS is a long-standing member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and is active in the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA), where Jim is a past-Chairman and member of the Board. He currently is a Board member of the CABAA Education Foundation, where he served as President for ten years. Jim is a presenter at industry events and publishes the Quarterly Pre-Owned Market Report which is distributed to our clients and industry associates, including OEM’s, aircraft lenders, aviation attorneys, consultants and others.