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Sandhills Publishing Forms Strategic Alliance With Aircraft Cost Calculator, Broadens Resources Available To Buyers & Sellers In Aviation Industry

LINCOLN, Nebraska — March 16, 2017

Sandhills Publishing announces an alliance with Aircraft Cost Calculator (, a data-based application that provides operating cost estimates for over 500 piston, turboprop, jet, and commercial aircraft. The application complements the company’s numerous cloud-based products and services available through the Sandhills Cloud—a comprehensive platform of business solutions and resources available to manufacturers, dealers, brokers, and service providers in the agriculture, construction, and commercial trucking industries, as well as the aviation industry.

Aircraft Cost Calculator, founded by Chris Doerr in August 2011, offers aviation’s most accurate and comprehensive operating cost figures through an accessible, user-friendly format that compiles and distributes data to owners, operators, dealers, brokers, flight departments, financial institutions, and charter operations. Aircraft Cost Calculator’s database features hundreds of aircraft and helicopters to provide the most comprehensive data in the industry, including average preowned pricing, fuel pricing, maintenance costs, crew expenses, insurance calculations, and more. Its practical, mobile platform enables users to generate thorough, professionally formatted cost calculations for both internal use and for clients. “The alliance with Sandhills Publishing allows Aircraft Cost Calculator to begin collecting thousands of individual data points, allowing Aircraft Cost Calculator to compile the most accurate real-world operating cost information in the industry,” says Doerr. “This alliance also solidifies our commitment to serving current and future clients.”

Sandhills’ niche aviation products—Controller, Executive Controller (, and Charter Hub (—have served buyers, sellers, travelers, and operators for over 30 years. Backed by the Sandhills Cloud, a suite of cloud-based tools and resources, the company delivers a range of solutions that simplify internal workflow, data management and processing, inventory oversight, lead generation and marketing, and sales transactions. The addition of practical, accessible, thorough data calculations enhances the value of these already-extensive offerings.

“Aircraft Cost Calculator is an incredibly valuable tool that provides real-world operating cost numbers for aircraft across the spectrum,” explains Controller’s Brant Washburn. “It enables our customers to be better in tune with the market, and calculate more accurate cost projections, whether they’re charter operators managing a bottom line, sellers seeking thorough and accurate data for clients, or buyers making a purchasing decision.”

In the end, buyers and sellers taking advantage of Controller’s products and services as well as existing Aircraft Cost Calculator customers will continue to leverage the solutions that have historically been available from both entities, even as offerings expand. The union of Controller and Aircraft Cost Calculator falls into a larger vision for both companies: To evolve the way buyers and sellers transact aircraft and aircraft services in the global marketplace.