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Young couple brings sexy back to private aviation.

Jade and Matt Hofeldt are modernizing personal aviation at Capital Flight. The business handles everything from flight training in Cirrus aircraft, such as the SR22 pictured here, to sales.

Jade and Matt Hofeldt are modernizing personal aviation at Capital Flight. The business handles everything from flight training in Cirrus aircraft, such as the SR22 pictured here, to sales.

Photograph by Shawn Harper

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From the pages of In Business magazine.

Capital Flight isn’t really your dad’s flight training facility, even though inside the Airport Road hangar, a 1946 bright yellow, two-seat Piper J3 Cub hangs above a trio of planes. “It still flies,” admires 37-year-old President Matt Hofeldt. “I had it out last week.”

Matt is an instrument-rated pilot from Waunakee who started flying as a youngster. He handles the day-to-day operations at Capital Flight, a company he and his wife, Jade, launched in 2013 to make private aviation sexy again.

Jade, 35, the company’s CEO, hails from Sun Prairie and has been flying for 17 years. She is ATP (airport transport pilot)-rated and is also a certified flight instructor, but her day job is working for a Kansas City-based private jet broker.

Capital Flight offers flight lessons, buys and sells pre-owned aircraft and hangars, and focuses on customer service, camaraderie, and celebrations. “Whether [someone buys] a $20,000 used Cessna, a $1 million Cirrus, or a $5 million business jet, it deserves a really special day,” smiles Matt.

Cirrus Aircraft, a high-tech plane manufacturer, learned of their success and asked if they’d be interested in a partner status. “[That] was a very big deal,” Matt admits.

Capital Flight is now one of just two Cirrus Training Centers in Wisconsin where student pilots can train in state-of-the art Cirrus aircraft, which Matt compares to flying Porsches — with leather seats, easy-to-read controls, airbags, air conditioning, and even Sirius/XM radio. “Aviation doesn’t seem so foreign to people now because many of the controls look familiar, or what a modern Tesla might look like. Plus, these planes are sexy as hell.”

Cirrus aircraft also have ballistic (i.e., rocket fired) airframe parachutes that can be launched in the event of a catastrophic event to a pilot or plane, allowing it to float to the ground.

“It’s a one-and-done deal that’s not for all circumstances,” Matt cautions, but many appreciate the peace of mind.

“There have been zero fatalities when these parachutes have been used,” Jade adds, “but you never want to use one.”

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Sep 7, 2018 09:44 am
 Posted by  Constance H.

I know of no couple who is more knowledgeable, efficient and organized. Jade is an unbelievable young woman who has talent in so many fields and has been so skillful in building this shining Middleton business with her husband, Matt. Matt's business savvy began at age ten with his lawn-mowing neighborhood business, Blades for Blades. They both are welcoming, helpful and just incredibly nice people. Events at Capital Flight are fun, colorful, yummy and memorable. Together, they have produced a perfect business to help those interested in aviation, which to them is not just a business or an interest...it is a PASSION! How many new parents would instill their passion so distinctly in their baby son than to take him on his virgin flight before he is even one year old...AND to name him appropriately, JET!
I thank them for giving me such an adorable grandson and for making me so incredibly PROUD!

Sincere thanks to In Business Magazine for honoring and recognizing Capital Flight as "it bursts on to the Aviation scene and rises in the sky!"
Conni Hofeldt-Rowe

Sep 7, 2018 01:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Matt and Jade are awesome! So positive and happy and forward thinking with their business plan, and especially sharing their very cool world of Aviation with us.

I wish them continued success!

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