Hello Luscombe drivers,
What follows here is my opinion and experience- now shared.
My name is John Ellis, I worked for Renaissance Aircraft, LLC in Cape
Girardeau, Missouri, 2001-2004. I am a retired a & p mechanic, a master machinist, and
I have been flying almost 50 years with a commercial license, having 8000 hours plus.
I have lurked on your list for several years, and enjoyed the bantering
between group members. I have read with interest the comments over the years
regarding John Dearden and his various aviation enterprises. Most of you understand
little about the true nature of this man (John Dearden),
which I have seen while working for him. Trust is an item he exploits, and
he will take ANYTHING you offer or contribute to him or his enterprise(s) without remorse or even
When Renaissance left Cape Girardeau MO in 2004, employees were owed wages
amounting to an estimated $ 175,000.00. Additionally the state of Missouri loaned/gave Mr. Dearden a
reported $ 750,000.00+, in business development and job creation funds that were then used to hire
FOREIGN workers, and to pay attorneys suing the Luscombe Foundation non-profit to get its assets. By 2004, many
local vendors were trying to collect money owed them for goods and services,
and a lot of them had filed suit against Renaissance and Dearden for non-payment of his debts-
most of which remain outstanding.
Also, the city built a building for Dearden and his company at a cost in
excess of $ 2.2 million, using bond money for which Dearden and Renaissance Aircraft were liable under the terms
of the agreement- but never paid.
The other employees and myself were told almost daily that in order to win a
litigation case against the Luscombe Foundation, and to insure our jobs and company
future, the “aircraft plant”had to be in production. The few of us who could afford it, stayed and kept
the plant open and working- without pay checks. We were promised by John Dearden, Linda Dearden (his wife at that time), and the
chief financial officer Curt Jeschke, that we would be paid in full as soon as the
case against The Luscombe Foundation was resolved. Later, John Dearden learned that
the Luscombe Foundation had no ‘pot of gold’, and no money from which to collect and pay his debts.
Dearden then promised to pay us when he finished suing the board and directors of the non-profit Luscombe Foundation, and
To further his litigation pursuits, John Dearden then set out to blame Doug
Ultimately no money was forthcoming to Renaissance Aircraft from any of
those litigation sources pursued by Mr. Dearden That cost the company thousands in investor funds and state financing that
were diverted from production to litigation. NO money was available from the litigation because the Luscombe Foundation
effort was not financially motivated, and neither it, nor the board, or Combs, ever had any money for
John Dearden to obtain.
SO I, JOHN ELLIS, WAS NOT PAID by JOHN DEARDEN WHO PROMISED TO DO SO.
My claim for wages owed, and for work done on Mr Dearden’s plane (N999RA),
after I quit the company totaled about $ 40,000. I Sued for that claim in Missouri. The court action has
finally been completed. I was awarded a judgment against Renaissance Aircraft, LLC, but Mr. Dearden was personally able to
leave the court room free of any judgment related to his promises and
mis-representations to me and other employees.
I have now met others who have similar claims against Mr. Dearden and
Renaissance aircraft, claims and bills due which remain unpaid. In my opinion, John Dearden lied to those people, just
as I am sure he lied to the Luscombe Foundation, its board, and Doug Combs who believed that Dearden
could do some good for the Luscombe community by updating old drawings, and bringing new Luscombe parts to
market to support the Luscombe fleet.
MY CONCLUSION & OPINION
John Dearden is the best confidence man (CON MAN) I have ever run across.
When starting work in 2001, I believed that I was really lucky to work for this guy. I read some of the
comments on this list, and in other places and disbelieved those allegations and cautions by persons who obviously knew
John Dearden better than me.
I NOW KNOW AND FULLY UNDERSTAND why people warned about John Dearden’s
proclivity for mis-statement, exaggeration, lies by omission, and other traits of a master Con Man. One
should avoid this man and his enterprises at Renaissance Aircraft LLC, Team Luscombe LLC, and Luscombe Silvaire
Aircraft LLC, (both of which he claims to own as subsidiaries of Renaissance Aircraft LLC). More information regarding
Mr. Dearden can be found at http://www.luscombesilvaire.com furnished by David L. Sinclair. If you
haven't already seen this site, you should look, It more or less confirms my opinions regarding Mr. Dearden.
Trusting that John Dearden will be honest with you is like thinking a mad
2000 pound bull charging you in a corral is not going to bother you because you are a vegetarian.
Should anyone want further details, or desire to contact me, I can be
reached at email@example.com, Or my cell phone number is 573 450 1676.
One of the many judgment creditors seeking payment from John Dearden and
Renaissance Aircraft LLC