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FAA Recognizes Gus Maestrales of Airstream Jets with Prestigious Airmen Certification

among the world’s most experienced operators of business jets

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is recognizing Veteran pilot and Business Aviation pioneer Gus Maestrales of Delray Beach, FL with inclusion in the prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database. The database, which appears on the agency’s website at, names Maestrales and other certified pilots who have met or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA.

After becoming a licensed pilot in 1969, Maestrales has gained experience flying to worldwide locations including Europe, the Caribbean, Central & South America, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Traversing the globe, he has accumulated approximately 16,000 flight hours—the equivalent of 7.2 million miles.

Maestrales is currently the Director of Jet Management and Acquisitions at Airstream Jets ( in Boca Raton, Florida and also founded Commercial Aviation Enterprises (CAE) at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in 1974 as one of the first jet charter companies on the East Coast. Today, the company is one of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport’s longest-standing tenants and among the world’s most experienced operators of business jets.

In a recent interview, Stephen Day, a colleague of Maestrales’, said that “throughout his legendary career, Gus has demonstrated not only a passion for aviation but also a deep commitment to flight safety and education.”

The FAA hopes new pilot training standards will enhance airline safety. Pilot certification standards have evolved over time in an attempt to reduce pilot errors that lead to fatal crashes. FAA standards, which are set in consultation with the aviation industry and the public, are among the highest in the world. Transportation safety experts strongly recommend against flying with an uncertified pilot. FAA pilot certification can be the difference between a safe flight and one that ends in tragedy.

The FAA recently announced that is it increasing the qualification requirements for co-pilots who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. These requirements mandate additional minimum flight time and training, as well as aircraft specific training.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Airmen Certification Database contains the following listing:
Unique ID: A-1174033
First Name: Gus P.
Last Name: Maestrales
City: Delray Beach
State: FL
Country: USA
Region: South
Med Class: 1

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Airstream Jets Inc. (ASJ) is an International On-Demand Air Charter Brokerage & Aircraft Management company with offices located in the United States, Canada, and Australia. ASJ has worldwide aircraft resourcing power and is fast becoming a global leader in business aircraft management, charter, acquisitions, leasing, syndication, and placement.

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