About planephd

Planephd is a data company whose mission is to bring transparency to General Aviation. Born from pioneers in finance and researchers in statistics and artificial intelligence, planephd has assembled a comprehensive dataset which includes data on all US registered aircraft.

While raw data is readily available from both public and private data sources, fifty years of manual data collection has corrupted the available data through typos, non-standardized entries, errors, omissions, manipulations, and duplications of entries and categories. Planephd’s value proposition is that with our team’s talents, we have created a framework which has cleaned, filled, extended, and lined up the data on over 700,000 aircraft to make it useful in ways previously not possible.

Our data covers aircraft registration, specifications, performance, cost of ownership, valuation, market dynamics, reliability, and safety. Our framework makes use of data collected at the serial number level, and aggregates to see the whole picture, but also tracks the whole to predict the individual. It’s amazing what we discovered when we connected the dots.

As a life-long innovator and a private pilot, I’m excited about the potential for planephd to help a fragmented and opaque general aviation industry improve its cost, convenience, access, and safety. We hope you will join us on this journey.

About the team, by Markus Wolfensberger:

I love innovation. As a young man in 1992, I sought out and began working for the “Father of Financial Futures”. I had just recently published my work in artificial intelligence, and now inspired by my mentor, I pioneered the CMBS Index Swap market, growing it from zero in 1999 to $400 Billion in 2007, and set the path for even larger products to follow. When the credit crisis hit, I moved to the physical real estate market, and launched another game changing innovation. inProp Capital was a new type of real estate fund that attracted three of the largest global property investors, and was featured globally in media including The Economist’s special report on property, "The old and the new".

With planephd, I feel lucky to have had the help of several remarkable individuals over the last several years.

To put things simply, Charlie Paul is an aviation nut. He has experience with all things aviation from years of consulting and working with major airlines, airports, aircraft sales firms, aviation marketing firms and many other types of businesses in the industry. He handles a lot of planephd's research and also provides guidance and oversight in product development processes. When he's not working on curating planephd's immense database, he's working with our developers to ensure the best product possible is delivered to the communities using planephd. Charlie is also the youngest person to ever receive a full ride to Oxford’s MBA program.

As a graduate from “MEPhl”, one of Russia’s top national nuclear research universities, you might expect Dmitry Titov to spend his time splitting atoms. But Dmitry’s preferred calling is in splitting our aviation database. The contribution of his technical skills and sharp mind has been instrumental in getting us to where we are today.

Thank you to the many others who have played a valuable role in planephd.