Performance Aircraft Expands Into Jet Sales With Key Hire


Curt Epp - Jet SalesFormer Textron Aviation Sales Director Joins Growing Brokerage Firm

February 2, 2017 – Lincoln, Nebr.
 – Aircraft sales company Performance Aircraft announced today that Curt Epp, former Regional Sales Director at Cessna Aircraft Company/Textron Aviation, has joined the company to specialize in managing jet and turboprop aircraft transactions. According to President and Founder Bill Heckathorn, Epp will help the company launch newly expanded brokerage and acquisition services focused on helping more individuals enjoy high performance aircraft ownership.

“Having completed hundreds of aircraft sales transactions over the past 12 years, we are thrilled to begin working more actively in the jet and turboprop markets,” Heckathorn said. “Mr. Epp’s extensive aircraft knowledge and his dedication to customers make him the perfect fit for this new role.”

Prior to joining Performance Aircraft, Epp worked at Cessna Aircraft Company/Textron Aviation for 16 Years. As Regional Sales Director at Textron Aviation, Epp was responsible for new turboprop sales. An accomplished pilot, Epp spent 14 years in the Flight Department as a Senior Training Pilot. With type ratings in every Citation built, Epp has circled the globe in various jets and turboprops.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to help customers at Performance Aircraft with their worldwide travel needs while working alongside a tremendously hard-working, family-oriented team,” Epp said. “I’m eager to share my enthusiasm for flying and passion for aviation. It can greatly improve people’s lifestyle and how they take care of their loved ones. In a way, you’re taking a piece of aluminum and turning it into people’s dreams.”

About Performance Aircraft

Performance Aircraft sells quality, owner-flown and business-use aircraft worldwide, specializing in late model pistons and a variety of light jet and turboprop aircraft. In addition to aircraft brokerage and acquisition services, the company also has a large Flight Training Center (a Cessna Pilot Center) located in Lincoln, Nebr. With its team of experience pilots and full-time flight instructors, Performance Aircraft regularly provides aircraft relocation, acceptance and delivery services, as well as transition training for new owners. Visit Performance Aircraft’s website at or call 402.475.6000 to learn more.

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