Stubbs Aviation Advisors Launches to Provide Aircraft Owners, Flight Departments Tax Consulting


WHEELING, IL (FEBRUARY 6, 2024) – Nel Stubbs, a foremost national expert on aviation taxes and corporate aviation business structures, is launching a new consulting and advisory business to assist aircraft owners and flight departments. Stubbs Aviation Advisors, the new business backed by her four decades of experience, is a part of the George J. Priester Aviation family of companies. This new joint venture will serve all aircraft owners and operators throughout the U.S., completely independent from sister companies Priester Aviation, Mayo Aviation, and Hill Private Aviation.

Nel Stubbs, Principal, Stubbs Aviation Advisors

“Aircraft owners and operators have to navigate a maze of federal, state and local tax regulations, with states changing their laws now more than ever,” said Stubbs, who served as vice president of Conklin & de Decker, a JSSI company. “We are continuing to serve this crucial need within the industry so that owners or prospective owners have someone in their corner to help execute effective and compliant tax plans.”

Stubbs has been a trailblazer within private aviation, becoming one of the most recognized experts in aviation tax planning and audits, cost and financial analysis, budgeting and aircraft ownership and operating structures. Last year, she received the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in recognition of her lifelong achievements in the field.

She worked with the NBAA since 1987 before joining aviation research and consulting firm Conklin & de Decker in 1999, becoming an owner a year later, and remaining with the company through its acquisition by JSSI in 2018. Stubbs has been an active force throughout the industry, currently serving on NBAA’s Tax Committee, NATA’s Air Charter Committee, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University College of Business, Intelligence & Security Advisory Board. Past committees and boards include the NBAA Advisory Board, National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) Board, Helicopter Association International’s (HAI’s) Finance and Leasing Committee, among others.

Stubbs was instrumental in developing the NBAA’s tax program and State Tax Report and helped form the NBAA Tax Committee. She is a frequently requested speaker and advisor throughout industry seminars and forums.

George J. Priester Aviation, led by Chairman and CEO Andy Priester, recognized the need in lending essential support to the private aviation industry, as all aircraft owners can benefit from Stubbs’ unique skillset and experience. As a fully independent company, Stubbs Aviation Advisors also plans to expand that expertise, by leading and mentoring the next generation of advisors.

In addition to federal, state and local tax advice, Stubbs Aviation Advisors offers aviation operating structure advice to satisfy Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation and IRS regulatory obligations. It consults on short- and long-term aircraft and flight department operating costs and provides aircraft appraisals.

About Stubbs Aviation Advisors

Stubbs Aviation Advisors builds on the unmatched experience of Nel Stubbs, a preeminent authority in the areas of aviation tax planning and compliance. It offers existing and potential aircraft owners and flight departments expert advice on federal, state and local taxes and aviation operating structures. Its founder has been part of industry organizations and national committees promoting and serving private aviation for decades, earning the NBAA’s John P. “Jack” Doswell Award in 2023 for her career achievements.

About George J. Priester Aviation

George J. Priester Aviation is among the world’s most experienced global private aviation companies, specializing in aircraft management and private travel solutions. With over 75 years of experience, it is among the elite private aircraft management companies that hold the highest safety accreditations including the ARGUS Platinum rating, Wyvern approval, IS-BAO Stage III and Air Charter Safety Foundation certifications. It serves as the parent company for Priester Aviation, Mayo Aviation, Hill Private Aviation and Stubbs Aviation Advisors. 

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