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January 12, 1990 - Image 61

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-01-12

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ed his sister in Cleveland
was gravely ill.
Ross chartered a plane
from Detroit every day to
visit his sister. He became a
familiar face at the airport.
One worker suggested,
"You're spending so much
money to charter a plane.
Why don't you just buy
one?" That, Ross says, is
how the IFL Group began.
Today, Ross heads not only
the IFL Group but IFL
Refineries, which bring in $1
million annually, and
finances the Fugitive
Transfer Airlines, which
transports prisoners
throughout the United
States.
Ross established the IFL
Group five years ago. Then
he owned three planes used
for the refinery business.
Today, the Group is home to
four hangers, each of which
cost between $500,000 and
$1. million to build. They
house the DC-3s and nu-
merous planes owned by
private corporations in-
cluding insurance com-
panies, a toolmaker and an
attorney.
, Ross says those leasing
space save time and money
because they have access to
their planes at any time day
or night and because they,
not the group renting the
• space, are responsible for
• airplane maintainance. Ross
estimates the corporations
save about $100,000 each
year by caring for their own
equipment.
One of the best deals Ross
says he offers is jet fuel.
Usually sold for $2 a gallon,
Ross' price is $1.25. He
advertises his savings on a
large sign at the airport that
flashes the price on and off
in blinking lights.
But don't worry — even at
2 $1.25 a gallon Ross is still
making a profit, he says.
Outside businessmen
hurry from their cars to
hangers to board their
planes for Atlanta, New
York or Los Angeles. They
stop to wave at Ross, who is
wearing slacks and a sweat
shirt. "I almost never wear a
tie," he says.
Inside, Ross passes the
numerous businesses that
lease aircraft space at the
IFL Group. Old airplane
chairs are piled atop some
shelves; lists of charter
flights for the day hang on
the wall in one office. Black-
and-white pictures of planes
cover walls throughout the
building.
Ross has a new plan these
days. He wants to major
corporations to put their
logos on his planes, then
he'll send them in with aid

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