Our story


The company was founded and currently financed by former owners and management of Alex. Brown and Sons, an eight-generation “old-style” merchant bank.

Since 1801, Alex. Brown and Sons took a leading role in establishing America’s infrastructure through capital, partnerships and deep personal relationships with clients. Most notably, Alex. Brown and Sons led the establishment of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad which become the backbone to America’s transportation system. In 1997, the bank was sold to Banker's Trust for $1.64 billion.

Today, Brown Aviation Lease, LLC continues the firms legacy through its part in building the infrastructure necessary to train the world’s elite pilots.


The Brown Advantage


 

Size and Experience

Brown is one of the largest owners of flight training aircraft in the country. We currently manage over 100 single and twin-engine aircraft including Piper, Diamond, Cessna and Cirrus. At Brown it is our goal to monetize our assets for their entire useful life. This enables us to book higher residuals on aircraft and provide our clients with favorable lease terms.

 

 

Commitment to service and support

One of our greatest differentiators is our commitment to providing high quality service and support to our clients long after a lease is signed. Unlike traditional lenders, we consider every client a partner. 

 

The network effect

We have built up a large network within the aviation industry. That network allows us to find aircraft quickly, negotiate the best prices for our clients and efficiently transition aircraft in and out of flight training programs. 


Meet The Team


Jason Griswold Managing Director

Jason Griswold
Managing Director

Bradford L. von Weise SVP Global Aircraft Finance, Citi Private Bank – Advisor

Bradford L. von Weise
SVP Global Aircraft Finance, Citi Private Bank – Advisor

Joseph J. Dini Former Trustee, Daniel Webster College – Advisor

Joseph J. Dini
Former Trustee, Daniel Webster College – Advisor

Michael Hankin CEO Brown Investment Advisory & Trust Co. – Advisor

Michael Hankin
CEO Brown Investment Advisory & Trust Co. – Advisor

Christopher J.  Ellis  Managing Partner, Avpro Inc. – Advisor

Christopher J.  Ellis 
Managing Partner, Avpro Inc. – Advisor