Client Reviews

1975 Grumman Tiger

When I was unexpectedly put into the position of having to sell my 1975 Grumman Tiger, the locals at my home 'drome said without hesitation, "if you want the most painless and streamlined way to sell your plane, go see John Decker."

I will admit to being skeptical, but John certainly lived up to his reputation. The entire sales process was made easy by John's attention to great customer service. John determined the valuation of my Tiger, produced all the marketing materials, and negotiated the deal. There was a hiccup with release of an old lien pre-dating my ownership and was allegedly corrected over 10 years ago, John and his team cleared it up before the sale was completed!

Buying or selling, I will consider Rivanna Aircraft Sales for all my future transactions.

- Mark T. Mueller

1959 Beechcraft M35 Bonanza

Thank you John for selling my Bonanza and for the way you did it. You came highly recommended and you lived up to your credentials. You are knowledgeable, you are thorough, and you are conscientious. You made sure I was always in the loop. You made it a genuine pleasure to work with you. You got results. I would recommend you to anyone, at any time. All the best.

- Joe St. Georges / Glenmoore PA

1965 Cessna 182

The experience of purchasing our Cessna 182, N8479S, from Rivanna Aircraft Sales was fun and a fair deal. John Decker was patient, helpful, and knowledgeable. The aircraft was represented well in the market literature and there were no surprises as my mechanic and I reviewed the logs. John is squared away, solid, and completely open. I enjoyed his easy, no pressure process and heartily recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell an airplane.

- Lee McManus / Yorktown, VA

1969 Cessna 150J

John recently brokered the sale my 1969 Cessna 150, and I would highly recommend his services to anyone considering selling a plane. After contacting several potential aircraft brokers in the region, I determined that Rivanna would be the best choice. And I'm confident that I made the right decision. John's experience -- as a pilot, mechanic, and aircraft owner -- and his calm and friendly demeanor set him apart from others in the aviation business. He comes across as both knowledgeable and honest-- which is the type of person you want to be dealing with potential buyers. I was a first-time seller, and John made the process smooth and stress-free from start to finish.

- Will Reisinger / Richmond Virginia

1969 Cessna 172K

I purchased my 1969 C-172K utilizing the services of John Decker at Rivanna Aircraft Sales. I had been searching for a plane for about 2 years and after talking with John on the phone, decided I would work with no one else. John brokered the entire transaction with the utmost integrity and honesty, and was a pleasure to get to know in person. His aviation experience and wonderful personality made the process smooth from start to finish, even for someone as ?green? as myself (purchasing an aircraft). He even handled a flight cancellation a day before closing with ease?he flew down to NC, picked me up, and we had a wonderful flight back to MD so I could close the deal. The services of John Decker were truly phenomenal and I will definitely be using him again when it?s time to trade up?

- Rick Holtzman / Fayetteville, NC

1978 Beechcraft A36

I utilized the services of Mr. John Decker of ?Rivanna Aircraft Sales, LLC,? during a most recent aircraft sale.
I cannot offer a stronger or more sincere endorsement for the service that Mr. Decker performed during this transaction. His base knowledge of the used aircraft market and his mechanic certification and detailed logbook knowledge proved invaluable. In fact, I am absolutely certain that he was singularly responsible for brining the deal to a suitable close for both parties. He handled the transaction from initial advertising, through a complex annual and buyer?s inspection and eventually proved to be the asset that was responsible for completion of the sale.
I would be happy to discuss my experience with Mr. Decker with any potential client seeking his service.

- Thomas J. Durkin / Charlottesville, VA

1979 Cessna Hawk XP

I have really been enjoying the plane. I also just wanted to say that as I was searching for a specific plane, I was apprehensive in making a deal so far from my home base. As I dealt and talked with John Decker at Rivanna Aircraft Sales, I became more at ease in a long distance deal. John brokered the purchase with the utmost integrity and was a pleasure to meet in person. He even handled a glitch that arose before takeoff, much to my surprise! What a standup guy! I have told everyone about his business, and can only hope there is a way to help him out in the future. If you need a plane, this is the person to go to!

- Garland Bucklin / Austin, Texas

1969 Cessna 310P

Every transaction is about trust. And that is exactly what brought me to you. In this buyers' market, where offers exceed the demand for aircraft, it is easy to get lost before so many advertised "good deals". I was lucky to find you in this jungle. You have been professional and forthcoming from the beginning. Every request for information that I had, was responded by you immediately via email with supporting documentation in good photographic quality. This way of doing business had saved us a considerable amount of time in the process. Most important is the fact of been able to trust the person on the other side when receiving prompt and honest responses to every concern. This aircraft is for family enjoyment. I would have never allowed my love ones to fly on it unless I had an absolute certainty of the broker's transparency. Above all, it was your integrity what brought me to you. I commend you, and I respect you for that.

- Orestes Lorenzo - Groveland, Florida

1970 Cessna 210K

You were very professional and sensitive to buyer and seller special needs throughout the process. I appreciate your prompt communications and was pleasantly surprised at the smoothness and speed of the closing of the sale.

- Grant McGuire, Attorney,
Campbell Woods,PLLLC, Huntington, WV

1963 Piper Comanche

On April 2, 2009, my wife and I, both pilots sold our 1963 Piper Comanche, N8291P. As the aircraft had been in our family for 42 years, this was not a joyous occasion, but it was necessary, and John Decker, Rivanna Aircraft Sales made the process as painless as could be reasonably be expected. He skillfully marketed the aircraft, negotiated a reasonable price in a time of deep economic recession, and patiently shepherded us through the complexities of the process. Indeed, we contributed little other than the aircraft, as John executed all the (to us) intimidating paperwork. Our flying careers are ended, but I would not hesitate to recommend Rivanna's services to anyone seeking to sell or buy an airplane.

- W.D. Burrows / Frederick Maryland


I recently purchased a1963 Piper Comanche, N8291P from John Decker of Rivanna Aircraft. John was a "no sales-pitch gentleman" who really knew what he was talking about, and didn't try to pressure the sale. It was a pleasure to deal with him, and his experience and attitude made the process effortless. John handled all of the details and mounds of paperwork. I would highly recommend John and Rivanna Aircraft Sales LLC to anyone looking to purchase or sell a plane.

- Dave Hostetter / Pennsylvania

1999 Cessna 182

Working with John at Rivanna Aircraft Sales was great as he helped us greatly in getting the aircraft we wanted; he made sure we were informed about what needed to be done and always kept his composure. It was our pleasure to conduct this transaction with John and wish him continues success!

- Joe Ciochetto / PHDS Flying Club

1974 Cessna 172M

John Decker brokered my purchase of a Cessna 172M in June this year. John made the process totally painless from the first call to delivery. There was no hard-sell, high pressure sales tactics, just educated conversation. Once the deal was closed I immediately took a short assignment overseas. I decided at that time to proceed with some upgrades. John coordinated the process, including moving my plane to the avionics shop at a different airfield. The service has been phenomenal. I will certainly be using John again when I trade up and highly recommend that you consider him as your broker.

- Mark S. Campbell-Jones


When it comes to my search for the perfect plane, John is directing me toward the best value for my needs and skill, and remarkably has shown the patience of Job over the last year and a half. I am very discerning in my requirements, and with this being my first plane, I don't want to find any surprises at the annual, nor in the air. His extensive knowledge of makes and models, coupled with hands-on powerplant and avionics expertise, and a keen sense of the present day value of aircraft, gives him top marks on my scorecard.
It is my hope that my perfect cross country hauler is on the horizon, and John will be advising me on all aspects.

- W. Douglas Gilpin, Jr. FAIA, Architect/Charlottesville, Virginia

2000 Mooney Bravo

During the recent purchase of our 2000 Mooney Bravo, you could not have been more helpful. As I had explained early on in our relationship, it was to be our first purchase and we did not want to make any regrettable mistakes. You walked us through the process and, while representing the Owner, also looked out for our interest, regarding paperwork and requirements. I was especially grateful that you were able to recommend, Mr. Campbell for instruction in the operations of various systems and a hands on flight. He was professional, informative, and understanding and I hope to fly with him in the future. I cannot reiterate how much of a pleasure it was to do business with your organization. You correctly represented the airplane and it capabilities and it is more than I expected. From the first day we met, about a year ago, we were always honest and forthright with each other and I feel it paid off for both of us. I would recommend you to everyone and do not hesitate to offer myself as a reference to other customers. Once again, Thank You.

- Dennis M. Flynn

Cessna 182

We appreciated the professional way that you handled the sale of our 182. We were impressed by the way that you worked with the personnel at the Shenandoah Valley Airport to get the plane inspected and shown. It was nice to have you come to our home and take care of the transaction. We enjoyed the time we spent together. We would highly recommend your services.

- Nelson and Nancy Adams

1977 Cessna 182Q

You are very thorough. It's been a pleasure to work with, a real professional!

- Paul Wallem, CFP/Wallem Associates

1984 Beechcraft King Air C90A

You did a great job advising us on the necessary inspections and repair items that needed to be performed and your oversight of those inspections and repairs was outstanding. I know it saved us dollars. Your ability to work with the purchaser and get the airplane sold and the transaction closed within an eight week time frame is truly outstanding. Your attention to detail and preparation of all documents made it very easy for us.

- George Ramsey III , President/Taylor-Ramsey Corp.


It was a pleasure working with you during an aircraft change of ownership and wanted to commend you on the fine job you did for us. You were timely and knowledgeable in helping facilitate the sale and purchase of the King Air C90A.

- James C. Falwell/Falwell Aviation

1976 Beechcraft Sierra & 1969 Cessna 310P

You did an outstanding job for me selling my Sierra and acquiring a Cessna 310. You were extremely detailed with understanding my aircraft, taking pictures, fielding the many phone calls we received and helping negotiate the best possible sale price in a very timely manner. You proactively marketed the aircraft geographically to insure the prospective buyers could get to the aircraft and see it without delay. Finally, your knowledge of the twin engine market helped me make the appropriate offer. I will not hesitate to use Rivanna Aircraft Sales when I sell my 310 and move up yet again in a few years.

- Charles Menatti, Chief Operating Officer/Mount Vernon Estate

1983 Piper Turbo Saratoga FG

I want to thank you very much for your assistance in selling my Turbo Saratoga. The entire experience was professional and very efficient. You were very thing I could have asked for in an aircraft broker. Do not hesitate to have any of your customers contact me for a favorable reference. I wish you all the best.

- James Hunter, Owner/James Hunter Real Estate

1972 Cessna 340

"Thank you so much for all of your help in the acquisition of the Cessna 340 for our film Farewell Atlantis. It was a pleasure working with you and we appreciated your patience and flexibility with our changing needs and timeline".

- Mike Malone, Unit Production Manager/Farewell Atlantis

1971 Cessna 172L

"John Decker's experience, integrity and professionalism were instrumental in completing a very satisfactory sale. His expertise in valuing and marketing the airplane resulted in getting a good offer from a serious buyer. John did everything he said he would do and made the entire process very easy. Although he is a serious professional in every respect, I appreciated his laid-back, no pressure approach. I heartily recommend Rivanna Aircraft Sales for anyone buying or selling an airplane."
It's been great working with you, hopefully I'll be back in the market as a buyer in the not-too-distant future.

- Ian Murdoch/Springfield Virginia

1971 Cessna 172L

"When I was unexpectedly put into the position of having to sell my 1975 Grumman Tiger, the locals at my home 'drome said without hesitation, "if you want the most painless and streamlined way to sell your plane, go see John Decker." I will admit to being skeptical, but John certainly lived up to his reputation. The entire sales process was made easy by John's attention to great customer service. John determined the valuation of my Tiger, produced all the marketing materials, and negotiated the deal. There was a hiccup with the release of an old lien pre-dating my ownership and was allegedly corrected over 10 years ago; John and his team cleared it up before the sale was completed!"
Buying or selling, i will consider Rivanna Aircraft Sales for all my future transactions.

- Mark T. Mueller