Son of a very reputable pilot, Philip was brought up since his birth in the aviation world and after being a Xerox Sales Manager for 8 years, in 1988, he created his first company dedicated to business aircraft leasing, Air Engineering Finance, which grew into the French leader in that sector.​During this period, the company became the McDonnell Douglas helicopters sole distributor for France and Benelux. To demonstrate the new technology developed by this manufacturer, the Notar system (no tail rotor), Philip successfully beat as commander, the world speed record with the MD 520N.​In 1992, Philip founded Euro Aircraft Trading Ltd in London, a company dedicated to trading business and commercial aircraft. In 1995 Euro Aircraft Trading Ltd made an Agreement with Air Hanson to trade business aircraft jointly under the name of Air Hanson Aircraft Trading. This very successful team kept running up to its sale by Hanson Plc to Signature. In 1996, Euro Aircraft Trading Ltd. became the distributor for McDonnell Douglas aircraft up to the merger with Boeing Company.​In 2000, Philip created Corporate Jet Management SA in Geneva in order to operate Rolex Watch Group’s fleet. At the same time, he founded Masterjet, one of the leading European business airlines, specialising in Head of State and VVIP flights, which is now part of Luxaviation Group. Philip is now focusing his activities on the Sparfell Group companies.