Stratus Financial was founded in the year 2020 by a group of FAA Certificated Flight and Ground Instructors with decades of experience in the aviation industry. As aviators ourselves, we truly understood what it’s like to dream. Stratus fills the constant pilot demand through student pilots’ access to instructional funding, including flight school loans, and fast traction built by flight schools.
At Stratus Financial, we believe in developing lending products that make sense for pilots at all stages in their careers. Our mission is simple: we want to help you get your wings as swiftly as possible.
Stratus started off in the middle of a COVID pandemic in spite of aviation coming to a halt with retiring planes at unprecedented numbers and thousands of pilots were either furloughed, retired, or outright fired in droves. Stratus was able to fill in the demand through student pilots’ access to instructional funding and fast traction built by flight schools.
Whether it’s financing your dream of flying or simplifying the process by taking care of your student loans, our efficient, hassle-free funding can connect you to the life of your dreams of becoming a professional pilot sooner than you ever thought possible. And because we know every situation is unique, we offer multiple options for funding, so you can choose what makes sense for you.
In fact, we work hand-in-hand with flight schools and investors to develop lending products that make sense for students—and deliver them quickly and efficiently. We have several programs designed by flight schools, for flight schools – helping flight schools stay organized and simplify their operations so that they can focus on what matters most: connecting students with professionals in the industry, providing mentorship, guidance, and a “wing up” to the next level (commercial, airline or otherwise).
And while providing financing and simplifying the process are key parts of what we do at Stratus Financial, we don’t see them as ends unto themselves. In fact, what drives Stratus isn’t just funding education—we believe it’s funding your future. A future where more people have the opportunity to do what they love and make a difference in this world. A future where more people can take flight—and thrive!
Dedicated to advancing your career in the aviation industry.
Marries Student Success with School Success with Several Programs Designed by Flight Schools, For Flight Schools
We offer private student loans that fit the needs of every individual, with fixed or variable rates to suit your budget.
Anthony Geraci, CEO and Co-Founder
Anthony obtained his Commercial Pilot certificate and Ground Instructor ratings. Besides being an avid pilot, Anthony brings the financial and legal side to Stratus. Over the past fifteen years, he has run financial funds and served as a legal advisor to several lending funds, which have totaled more than $100 billion offered and more than $200 million raised.
Brandon Martini, COO and Co-Founder
Brandon has been flying since 2015 and holds Commercial Pilot Certificates along with CFI/CFII/MEI instructor ratings. He has a deep knowledge of part 141 and part 61 flight school operations in addition to training guidelines set forth by syllabuses and the FAA.