IATA ICAO Callsign
Operating basesLong Island MacArthur Airport
Fleet size7
Parent companyHawthorne Company
Headquarters2221 Smithtown Ave, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 [2]
Key peopleWilliam E. Harton, Bob Sherry, Tom Robbins, Chris Zarzano, John Reese, Christopher Curtin, And Chuck Kegley [3]

ExcelAire, LLC is a United States air charter company based at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York. ExcelAire LLC specializes in worldwide jet and helicopter charters, aircraft management, maintenance and aircraft sales.

Founded in 1993 by Bob Sherry, ExcelAire is currently headed by his son Robert Sherry Jr., its president. ExcelAire is a division of Hawthorne Global Aviation Services[4] and its headquarters is housed in 200,000 square feet of hangar space at MacArthur Airport.


As of April 2022, ExcelAire had 7 Aircraft[5]

ExcelAire Fleet
Aircraft In Service Registration Number
Embraer Legacy 600 2 N679MS [6] And N515JT [7]
Bombardier Challenger 604 1 N604RR [8]
Cessna Citation Latitude 1 N393KB [9]
Gulfstream G280 1 N968UD [10]
Gulfstream G-V 1 N565JT [11]
Pilatus PC-12NG 1 N367JK [12]


Main article: Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907

On September 29, 2006, a Embraer Legacy 600 on a delivery flight by ExcelAire and piloted by Jean Paul Paladino and Joseph Lepore was involved in a mid-air collision with Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907. All 154 people on board the Gol Boeing 737 were killed, but everyone on the Legacy jet survived. At the time it was Brazil's deadliest aviation crash, surpassing VASP Flight 168 and surpassed by TAM Airlines Flight 3054 at Congonhas-São Paulo Airport on July 17, 2007. After investigation by NTSB and CENIPA, it was found that the pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino had turned the TCAS off, allowing the two aircraft to get on a collision course that caused the crash.

On February 2, 2022, a Pilatus PC-12 registration N357JK operated by ExcelAire collided with and damaged the nose and right wing of a parked British Aerospace 125, registration N207K. The accident is under investigation by the FAA.[13]


  1. ^ "The Aviation Codes Website - Airline Codes Full Details". Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  2. ^ excelaire.com
  3. ^ "Our Team - ExcelAire - A Hawthorne Company".
  4. ^ Hawthorne Global Aviation Services - Jet Charters
  5. ^ https://www.excelaire.com/main/fleet Excelaire fleet, Retrieved April 1, 2022
  6. ^ "Embraer Legacy 600: N679MS - ExcelAire - A Hawthorne Company".
  7. ^ "Embraer Legacy 600: N515JT - ExcelAire - A Hawthorne Company".
  8. ^ "Challenger 604 : N604RR - ExcelAire - A Hawthorne Company".
  9. ^ "Cessna Latitude: N393KB - ExcelAire - A Hawthorne Company".
  10. ^ "Gulfstream G280: N968UD - ExcelAire - A Hawthorne Company".
  11. ^ "Gulfstream G-V: N565JT - ExcelAire - A Hawthorne Company".
  12. ^ "Pilatus PC-12NG: N357JK - ExcelAire - A Hawthorne Company".
  13. ^ https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/275032/ ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 275032, Retrieved February 05, 2022