About Us

The Air Charter Industry's Trusted Information Source Since 1986

For twenty years and running The Air Charter Guide has published the most comprehensive directories for the air charter industry. We keep our information up-to-date, correcting and qualifying content directly with our listed operators and brokers. Whether you’re a charter novice or a private jet pro, and whether you travel for business or pleasure, we help you find the information you need, quickly and easily.

The Air Charter Guide lists charter operators and charter brokers who can help you arrange charter trips to major destinations all over the world, from New York to London to Tokyo, and all points in between.

Frank Craven, Publisher of the Air Charter Guide

Frank Craven was born in Chicago, Illinois. At age eight his family moved to Overland Park Kansas, and his parents still live in the same house where he grew up less than a mile from the offices of Penton Business Media. In his teens, Frank was a successful motocross racer and traveled the country to further his racing career.

Prior to joining Penton, Frank held positions at MarketLink, a used aircraft marketing company, and was a full time flight instructor for many years. Frank joined Penton Publishing in 1995 as Associate Editor of the Aircraft Bluebook Price Digest, a price guide for used aircraft. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Editor of AC-U-KWIK FBO and Airport Directories. He was appointed to Group Publisher of the Aviation Division in 2007 which included the Air Charter Guide.

His interests include spending time with his family at a lake cabin that he and his father built. He also enjoys scuba diving and holds a Divemaster rating. He also is a loyal NASCAR fan and is a commentator for a weekly nationally syndicated NASCAR radio show produced in Kansas City. Frank is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and has taught EMT classes at Johnson County Community College. Frank holds a degree in Aviation Management from Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Missouri and is a current FAA certified flight instructor. You can reach Frank at 913-967-1729 or at frank.craven@penton.com.

Francine Brasseur, Associate Publisher

Francine grew up in the town of L''Isle Adam, northwest of Paris, France. After getting her professional start during a seven-year stint as a retail buyer in France and the UK, Brasseur lived and worked in Kuwait and Iraq in 1980-86. When she and her family moved to the United States in 1986, Brasseur started her own import business, which she operated for four years. While completing a BS in business at Northeastern University and an MA in human resources management at Emmanuel College she joined The Air Charter Guide in 1990, where her French roots and international experience were essential to the expansion of the Guide''s editorial, circulation, and sales programs from North America to Europe and beyond. She left the Guide but deepened her knowledge of the aviation and transportation industry during a five-year tenure at the Department of Transportation''s Volpe Center in Cambridge as a technical recruiter and lead member of the DOT''s "Tutoring, Educating and Mentoring (TEAM) Effort." The Air Charter Guide and its clients have benefited from her expertise in organizational development, tri-lingual language skills, and international experience since 1998.

Bettina Gentile, Product Director
 

Bettina grew up in the Schleswig-Holstein town of Plön in northern Germany. She holds a masters degree in German from Technische UniversitSt Carola-Wilhelmina and a second in Art from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste. After graduation, a love of travel led her and three friends to embark on a two-year wanderlust trek across the United States in a school bus they purchased and converted for the trip themselves. An American journey she continues today as wife and mother. In 1994 Gentile joined The Air Charter Guide, where her native German skills became the linguistic key to the Guide's expansion into central Europe. In addition to her editorial and sales outreach in North America and Germany, Gentile is also the Guide's senior editor, and the depth and credibility of the Guide's unsurpassed database of air charter operations owes much to her meticulous attention to detail.

Michele Markarian, Director, Brand Development

Michele has been, among other things, a public relations Specialist and Account Executive for Graham Communications, a news reporter for WXKS-FM, an Account Executive for Allison Associates, and Account Executive and Staff Writer for M. Kennedy Publishing, a headhunter for Corporate World, a Staff Writer for Houghton Mifflin, a Staff Editor for Ligature, Inc., a research assistant for a reference book, a Director for the Armenian Relief Society, a high school theater teacher, college English teacher, and co-owner of a marketing and public relations agency. Michele has a BA in English from Emmanuel College and a MA in English literature from the University of Massachusetts/Boston. She joined the Air Charter Guide in 1994.