Business Aviation Executive Team
Our Team Leaders
Our team has a wealth of experience in various sectors of the Aviation Industry. Together, we are committed to excellence, teamwork, professionalism, and passion to create a unique Business Aviation experience for our customers.
PETER MAESTRALES | CEO & Founder
Boca Raton native, Peter Maestrales, got an early start on his aviation career with his first flying lesson coming at age 10 and by spending much of his childhood at executive airports in South Florida. The Maestrales family has been active in the Business Aviation community in South Florida for over 40 years.
In 2001, Peter began working in scheduling and dispatch for Commercial Aviation Enterprises, Inc. (CAE), a South Florida based corporate jet operator specializing in Aircraft Management, 24hr Charter Services, Air Cargo, and Air-Ambulance missions. During the next four years he handled charter sales, operations scheduling, flight coordinating, and aircrew planning. Peter was promoted to Director of Charter Sales & Jet Management for CAE in 2005 and gained experience managing charter and sales personnel, strategic planning for new clients, and corporate aircraft transactions.
However in 2008, Pete made a serious step towards a Business Aviation career when he founded Airstream Jets, Inc at Boca Raton Airport (KBCT). Tapping into his unique perspective, Peter has developed a simple strategy focused on two core Business Aviation services to help customers select the most efficient and cost-effective method to travel: On-Demand Private Air Charter & Professional Aircraft Management.
Since 2008, ASJ has built an outstanding reputation as a leading Business Aviation Company and has expanded to international markets by opening new offices in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto, Canada. A central focus of the organization is maintaining “win-win” relationships with industry partners through a business approach based upon a mutual exchange of value, respect, honesty, cooperation, and efficiency.
Peter is also a member of the National Business Aviation Association and also works as an independent Business Aviation Consultant for hedge funds and other leading financial institutions in the United States. On behalf of his clients, Peter provides Business Aviation market analysis, forecasting, information for strategic planning, and intelligence on corporate fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters worldwide.
Peter is also a former Olympian and professional athlete. He participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. His professional baseball career included time with the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres organizations.
GUS MAESTRALES | Director of Safety & Jet Management
As Director of Safety & Owner Services, Gus Maestrales helps to lead a company dedicated to air charter excellence and providing aircraft owners with a more positive and cost-effective ownership experience.
With nearly 40 years of senior management experience in business aviation, Gus is an expert in corporate aircraft acquisitions, FAA and DOT regulatory matters, Safety Management Systems (SMS) solutions, cross-border transactions, aircraft management, aircrew planning, and flight operations.
Mr. Maestrales’ aviation career began in 1969 when he earned his commercial pilot’s license and by 1976 founded Commercial Aviation Enterprises, Inc. (CAE), a FAA Authorized FAR Part 135 Air Charter & Air-Ambulance Company based at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport. CAE was acquired by private investors in 2013, but during his 37 years as Owner and Director of Operations Gus owned, managed, and operated a total of 69 different corporate aircraft while logging over 16,000 hours of worldwide flight experience in fixed-wing aircraft, commercial helicopters, and amphibious airplanes.
At the 2008 National Business Aviation Association annual convention Gus was presented an award from Sabreliner Corporation on behalf of his company (CAE) for safely operating aircraft for over 25 years.
With unmatched experience in his field, Gus also provides technical, operational, and asset-based consulting services to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), private aircraft owners, corporate flight departments, FAR Part 135 Air Carriers, air cargo operators, and air-ambulance operations.
Gus is also United States Marine Corps Sgt. (Ret.), Gold Seal Flight Instructor, and FAA certified Check Airman. He currently holds an ATP rating for both fixed wing aircraft and commercial helicopters.
Gus Maestrales, Director of Safety & Jet Management
FRANCESCA TERMINI | Director of Marketing & Design
Francesca is responsible for the creative design strategy that defines the Airstream Jets brand. She directs all marketing and social media strategies associated with the organization.
Francesca has a bachelors degree in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Delaware. Prior to Joining Airstream Jets, Francesca worked in NYC for Vivre’ a luxury fashion catalog and Celine, and afterwards, landed a job in the Merchandising and Production Department of Hugo Boss’ NYC location. She is also the Founder and Creative Fashion Designer at Nuova Vita, where she designs and manufactures women’s maternity dresses, and convertible dresses for any occasion.
Francesca has nearly ten years of corporate aviation experience. She has served in various roles including scheduling/dispatch, marketing, branding, contract negotiations, creative design, business development, customer service, web development and on-demand charter sales. This broad perspective provides her with a well-rounded foundation in Business Aviation that allows her to understand and adapt to the unique dynamics present in the industry.
Francesca’s most recent creation was the design and physical production of the company’s new jet card, the DISTANCE CARD™, an innovative private jet travel product designed to combine the convenience of Jet Cards and Fractional Ownership with the value and flexibility found only in On-Demand Charter.
Francesca’s attention to detail, professionalism, and advocacy for Business Aviation has earned her a loyal and growing client base in the Miami and New York areas.
Francesca Termini, Director of Marketing & Design
KAREN MERY | Senior Charter Coordinator
Karen Mery has worked in various roles in the Air Charter Industry since 1979 and has been with Airstream Jets since the company was founded in 2008. Karen brings a wealth of corporate aviation experience to Airstream Jets and is involved in all aspects of the business including product development and strategic growth planning.
As the leader of Airstream Jets’ flight support and coordination team, Karen is responsible for overseeing the company’s charter operations around the globe. In addition, Karen is a talented educator and responsible for recruiting and training all Airstream Jets’ charter coordinators to ensure the company continues to provide an unmatched customer experience.
Karen is a long-standing member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and Civil Air Patrol (Florida Wing).
Karen Mery, Senior Charter Coordinator
VAS NIKOLOVSKI | CEO, Airstream Jets (Asia-Pacific) Pty Ltd
Vas Nikolovski has the corporate history, aviation background and vision to spearhead the development of Airstream Jets into the Asia-Pacific region. Vas’s business background began in the banking and finance industry in the late 1980’s with a focus on financial reconstruction and M&A activity. It wasn’t long however before Vas’s entrepreneurial skills emerged and in 1993 he helped establish Australian Mortgage Managers (AAM), a business which continues to grow today to have more than $800 million in loans under management.
In 1995, Vas’s passion for flying and the aviation industry resulted in him founding National Aerospace Training and the Direct Air Charter Company at Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Australia. For the next 15 years Vas and his team built that business across four states and 48 aircraft. At one point Vas Nikolovski was listed as the owner of the largest private fleet of aircraft in Australia. At the same time, Vas founded DASAR (Direct Air Search & Rescue) – a community based coastal aircraft surveillance program that continues to operate today as Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.
In 2011, Vas also founded Business Jet Travel (BJT) Pty Ltd – a full service travel agency that combines Travel Management solutions by utilizing commercial airlines, hotels, and associated services with business jet charter solutions where they suit client needs.
Vas Nikolovski, CEO, Airstream Jets (Asia-Pacific)
SAM ILIADES | Managing Partner, Airstream Jets (Asia-Pacific) Pty Ltd
Sam Iliades has significant experience as an International Pilot and technical adviser to the corporate jet market in Australia and abroad. Sam has worked as the Chief Pilot in a number of Australian based corporate flight departments engaged in both domestic and international private and charter operations. He currently holds both Australian and United States airline pilot licenses. His experience has subsequently been extended to becoming a commercial airline pilot for Qantas as well as a multitude of positions in general aviation which has provided him with a broad overview in all facets of aviation.
Sam has also worked in previous management positions in FBO facilities in Australia, coordinating corporate aircraft daily running schedules for some of Australia’s most prominent Corporate Flight Departments & Families.
Sam brings 20 years of aviation experience to this team and will provide all the required technical and operational input to ensure its success. Today Sam is a current airline pilot holding many aircraft type ratings including Boeing 747, Boeing 737, Global Express, Gulfstream G-IV, Citation Sovereign, Citation Ultra, Citation 500, and Hawker 850XP/800XP. Sam also holds the position of Chief Pilot for ISO 9001:2008 certified Australian Corporate Jet Centres Pty Ltd, an international aircraft charter company licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) with accreditation from the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), Flight Safety BARS, and a registered Wyvern Wingman (Certificate #: E-1-SPH5B-02).
Sam Iliades, Managing Partner, Airstream Jets (Asia-Pacific)