For over four decades, the name Huffstutler has been synonymous with aerial innovation in the skies of South Texas. It all began in the early ’80s, a time when aviation was ripe with possibilities and the Huffstutler family was ready to take flight.

In 1980, Mark Huffstutler seized the opportunity to purchase the Uvalde Flight Center—a modest FBO nestled amidst the Texas landscape. Little did he know that this acquisition would set the stage for a journey that would span continents and redefine the very essence of flight.

From those humble beginnings emerged Sierra Industries, a powerhouse in the world of performance-enhancing modifications for Cessna business jets. Under Mark’s guidance, Sierra Industries quickly ascended to become a global leader in aviation innovation, paving the way for a string of acquisitions that would ultimately culminate in the birth of the SkyWay Group.

But Mark’s passion for flight wasn’t just a business venture—it was a way of life. From the moment his father first took him to the airport as a child, Mark was hooked. By the age of 16, he had earned his private pilot’s license, and by 1980, he had begun logging countless hours in the sky, piloting the personal aircraft of former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr.

Mark Huffstutler

Since then, Mark’s love of flying has taken him to dizzying heights, logging over 19,000 flight hours in an eclectic array of aircraft. From vintage biplanes and classic warbirds to sleek Cessna Citation Jets, Mark has seen (and flown) it all, soaring through the skies with the skill and finesse of a born aviator.

His children, too, are no strangers to the world of aviation. Mark’s son Conrad is a highly experienced pilot and aviation mechanic in his own right, and an award-winning expert in WWII military aircraft restorations. Conrad serves on FlighTime’s roster of capable Jet-qualified command pilots, while Mark’s daughter Katelyn spearheads their Charter concierge service, smoothing out travel turbulence for an elite clientele.

Katelyn Schanze (Huffstutler) – L, Mark Huffstutler – R

Mark serves as the CEO of the Uvalde, TX-based SkyWay Group and FlighTime Business Jets. FlighTime was established in 1999 when Huffstutler began leasing aircraft for private travel. The company manages business aircraft for multiple owners, overseeing maintenance, scheduling, FAA certification, insurance and more. The owners’ occasional need for alternative aircraft soon led the company to offer air charter brokerage services. Developed over decades, FlighTime’s expertise and personal connections in private aviation give them a distinct edge in locating and providing superlative value and convenience for their clients.

Charter air travel is often referred to as a “time machine,” offering significant time savings for travelers. There are over 15,000 airports across North America, but only 3% are certified for commercial air carriers. That scarcity usually means hours of extra ground travel in addition to crowded security lines and potential flight delays. With thousands of airports and aircraft at their disposal, FlighTime clients bypass the chaos of commercial travel, opting instead for a seamless journey that’s tailored to their every need. From the moment they step aboard, they’re enveloped in a secure cocoon of privacy and luxury, free to savor every moment of their airborne adventure.

Privacy, too, is a cornerstone of the “private” air travel experience. No more awkward encounters with strangers, no more prying eyes peering over one’s shoulder. Onboard a personal jet, you’re free to relax, work, or simply watch the world go by in blissful seclusion, knowing that your conversation remains strictly between you and your chosen companions.

Perhaps most importantly, FlighTime understands the value of safety above all else. From rigorous pilot training and certification to meticulous maintenance schedules, every aspect of aircraft operation has one goal in mind: to ensure that passengers arrive at their destination safely and securely. As you settle into your plush leather seat and feel the engines roar to life, you’re in the hands of true professionals. With FlighTime, safety isn’t just a promise – it is a guarantee.

In the world of business, success often hinges on being in the right place at the right time. Whether you’re a seasoned business traveler, a jet-setting entrepreneur, or just someone who appreciates the finer things in life, FlighTime is here to take your air travel experience to new heights. With convenience, privacy, and safety at the forefront of everything we do, we invite you to sit back, relax, and let FlighTime whisk you away on your next adventure. Bon voyage!

All photos courtesy of FlighTime Business Jets