About Us

John Bell has over 50 years of experience in General Aviation and has provided clients with quality aircraft sales and acquisition services since 1977.

He puts an emphasis on his customer’s continued satisfaction with their purchase and creates a long term relationship to handle all of their aircraft needs.

John began as a lineman and aircraft mechanic at Memphis Flying Service, then Memphis Aero and worked his way up to a flight instructor and charter pilot. He obtained as many ratings as he could eventually becoming an FAA designated check airman and pilot examiner. He created the Southern Institute of Aviation and started one of the first flight schools to use video recordings to teach students to fly. His career naturally turned to aircraft sales, and he became a dealer for new Beechcraft which he sold for 10 years for Memphis Jet Center. In 1977 he started his own company, John Bell Aircraft, Inc., and the rest is history!

John B. Bell, Sr., President

(901) 489-4300


John Baugh Bell, Jr. has become quite an accomplished pilot himself. At the age of nineteen he obtained his instrument, commercial single, commercial multi-engine, CFI, II and MEI. He also got his ATP at 25. John now has over 5500 hours turbine time and over 500 hours as PIC in a Lear 35A.

John Baugh, as we call him, has hours in many of our favorite aircraft such as the Beech Bonanza and Baron, our Cessna 170 taildragger, Cessna 172 glass cockpit and 182’s. He is also our local avionics expert and is well versed in the Garmin glass cockpit as well as the Collins Pro Line 21 Avionics series. 

John Baugh Bell



Over 30 years ago when John and Tammy married, Tammy became the technology side of the business. She learned about aircraft and obtained her private pilot license many years ago. She has extensive knowledge in computers and utilizes the Internet to thoroughly research the aircraft market and appraise aircraft. Contact her for the technical and detail oriented data!