If you’re searching for a first-class private aircraft experience with a difference, Sentinel Aviation is the number one choice for a safe and ultra-discreet VIP experience.
After launching its charter service just two years ago and flying straight into a global pandemic, the firm is now leading the way in sourcing luxury air travel all over the world. Unlike many competitors, Sentinel Aviation does not fly its own planes or helicopters, but uses years of expertise to find the most reputable providers, and then negotiates the best price to offer a fully managed service.
‘Whether you’re planning a corporate away day at the Six Nations, a fishing trip to Iceland or a family holiday in the south of France, we can arrange it all,” says Founder and ex-army pilot Roland Dangerfield. ‘We offer a full concierge service, so can provide limo services, book your hotel or arrange visas. And if you need security on the ground, or want in-flight catering from a favourite Michelin-starred restaurant and sommelier-selected wine, we can do that. We’ll even make arrangements if you want to take your pet with you.
Despite intense competition, Dorset-based Roland and his small team spotted a clear gap in the market. ‘As trained pilots ourselves, we know the business and we know the aircraft. We know what passengers should receive from a truly first-class service.’ But while Roland has transported megastars from the worlds of sport, film and music as well as politicians and royalty, he insists: ‘I’d never reveal names. It would be breaking our own rules of discretion, which are so important to us.
‘Roland has transported megastars from the worlds of sport, film and music as well as politicians and royalty, he insists: ‘I’d never reveal names. It would be breaking our own rules of discretion, which are so important to us’
Safety is paramount too, especially after a charter plane crashed in the English Channel in 2019, killing footballer Emiliano Sala. ‘He was concerned about the state of the aircraft before take-off, and if we’d been involved, we would have told him to get off the plane right away. As pilots, our saying is, ‘if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.’ Safety is absolutely key to us, and we always ask to see air operator certificates and how many flying hours a pilot has.”
During the pandemic, Sentinel Aviation has also pivoted to arrange Covid-19 PCR tests and essential documentation. ‘It’s been a headache for anyone travelling abroad, but we’ll sort it all and ensure there’s no queuing at the terminal at either end of your journey. We also monitor your flight throughout, so if there’s a problem with Customs or Border Control, we can step in.”
‘We don’t really want hundreds of customers,’ Roland says. ‘Our service is bespoke, so it’s all about detail and meticulous planning’
It’s precisely this attention to detail that makes the company stand out in a crowded market. But while demand has shot up by 150%, the focus remains on quality, not quantity. “We don’t really want hundreds of customers,” Roland says. ‘Our service is bespoke, so it’s all about detail and meticulous planning. We even provide a briefing pack for every trip – which is probably the army officer in me!”
As the world opens up again, Sentinel Aviation is ready to take care of all your high-end travel needs. ‘Nothing is too much trouble, so even if you’ve forgotten your phone charger or your medicines, we’ll try and source whatever you need at your destination– be it New York City or the South American jungle.”
Meet Sentinal owner Roland Dangerfield
Sentinel Aviation is owned by Roland Dangerfield, a former British Army Officer (18 Years) turned Commercial Aviation Pilot (12 Years). He has flown to over 80 countries and some 200 plus destinations carrying Royal Families, Politicians, Diplomats, personalities of the Sports, Film, Television and Music industries and of course, Ultra and High Net Worth Individuals. As a result of this, he has an extensive and in-depth operational knowledge of safe and discreet private aviation charter and management operations.
Sentinel Aviation delivers a superior, discreet and above all else, safe aircraft charter and management experience for its private clients. All clients are treated as individuals and provided with a seamless, door to door and all-encompassing private charter service. Every charter is meticulously planned and overseen from inception until well after landing. Sentinel also provides an exceptional, trusted, proven and completely integrated aircraft management service from purchase, through to crewing, operation, maintenance and sales.