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Shaking Up the Aviation Industry

Denise Wilson is an anomaly in the flying community. She is one of the nearly 38,000 active female pilots in the United States, just six percent of all active pilots in the country. What makes her even more rare is that she's also the founder and president of an aviation company, Desert Jet, which she launched in 2007. The company acts as brokers for corporations who own their own planes, thereby affording those corporations the opportunity to offset their expenses by chartering out their planes when they are not in use. This arrangement allows Desert Jet to have full operation of the aircraft without the debt and liabilities associated with actual ownership. Today, the company has annual revenues of $2.1 million, representing 1,300 percent growth over the past three years.