U.S. Jet Search,LLC
   U.S. Jet Search,LLC

Our Management Team

Our many years of experience in managing various business and commercial aircraft sales, acquisitions, product marketing and operations are what make us an expert at meeting your company's needs.

J. Michael (Mike) Zabkar

Owner of U.S. Jet Search, LLC



Mike began his aviation career in 1966.  He holds a commercial pilots license with instrument and multi-engine ratings.  His sales experience began in 1971 with a regional Beechcraft distributor.  He was a sales director and regional manager for Mitsubishi Aircraft International from 1976 through 1983. Mike founded U.S. Jet Search,LLC after retiring from Bombardier Aerospace Corporation as Vice President Business Aircraft, responsible for Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales, globally.  Over 45 years of industry experience, and a global network of agents, management companies, and financial contacts available to our clients.


Areas of expertise

  • Business Aircraft Corporate Planning and Management
  • Business Aircraft Research & Evaluation
  • Business Aircraft Acquisitions, Sales & Leasing

W. Barry Smith

Managing Director, Marketing Business and Commercial Aircraft



Barry has over 40 years experience in aircraft marketing and sales beginning with his first assignment at Hawker Siddeley and the launch of the Hawker family of business aircraft.  Later with the launch of the Harrier vertical takeoff fighter jet.  Barry was a member the Jim Taylor team at Cessna for the initial launch of the Cessna Citation, ... the 2nd hire by Canadair (now Bombardier) as VP Marketing, for the introductiuon and launch of the Challenger program.  Barry went on to form his own aircraft brokerage business Over the next 18 years, his client list was the who's who of Fortune top 200 companies and high net worth individuals.  After a brief retirement, Bombardier brought him back for the introduction of their Flexjet Fractional Aircraft Share program.  With the launch underway, he relocated to New York City and became Bombardier's top producing Sales Director for the fractional share program.  Barry holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from N.C. State and an MBA from New York University in Marketing and Economics. 


Areas of Expertise

  •  Client Market Research / Support
  •  Business Development
  •  Client Communications

E.L. "Pete" Petersen

Managing Director, Commercial Aircraft                 



Pete has spent a lifetime in aviation, receiving his U.S. Air Force commission and wings at the age of 20.  Post military, Pete joined American Airlines, serving as captain for his last 20 years, having flown the entire American Airlines International route system.  After retirement from American, Pete continued his aviation career as a commercial aircraft flight test and ferry pilot, becoming Director of Operations for the company.  Pete has qualified on and commanded 25 different aircraft.  His contract work has involved projects for Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and Bombardier aircraft companies along with numerous banks, financial institutions, maintenance and overhaul facilities, aviation service and management companies.  Given his numerous internalclient management contacts, Pete has expanded business opportunities into sourcing airfracft parts and engines.  His rolodex gets to the decision makers, seller and buyers.  Pete brings over 50 years, more than 20,000 hours of flight experience and personal contacts to the industry.  In 2010, Pete received the coveted Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" award from the FAA for completing 50 plus years of continuous accident and violation-free flying.


Area of Expertise

  •  Commercial Aircraft Flight Operations and Management
  •  Commercial Aircraft Ferry Services
  •  Commercial Aircraft Acquisitions
  •  Commercial Aircraft (Used) Parts and Engines


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