What questions should you be asking before chartering your next private jet? Here are 5 must ask questions:
Many will agree that flying private trumps flying with commercial airlines in virtually every way. You have peace and quiet, you’re catered to for all of your needs, and you’ll have less hassle to deal with along the way. Booking a private jet for your next trip is an exciting outlook.
However, before you jump into the booking process, be sure to ask some questions to make sure that your private jet charter company has you covered in the best ways possible. By taking care of the details in advance, you can save yourself and the rest of your party a major headache, as well as look out for your own safety. Take a look at 5 questions to ask before you book.
- Is the Flight Properly Insured?
Without a doubt, any reputable charter company will have the details of aviation insurance all planned out well before you’re en route. However, to ensure peace of mind for you and the crew, don’t feel uncomfortable when it comes to asking some important questions.
Ask about the insurance limits on the chartered aircraft and whether the policy covers single limit, property damage liability, and bodily injury to passengers. Ask if each of the passengers joining is listed on the policy as “additionally insured,” to ensure that each traveler is covered throughout the entire flight duration.
- Has the Company Planned for “Surprises?”
Some private jet charter companies have unknowingly walked into a nightmare when things don’t go according to plan. For example, many international airports have strict curfews and after-hours procedures. If you change your flight time or are late, will everything still be taken care of? Additionally, duty time issues for crew members can create road bumps in unexpected scenarios. Overall, it’s best to ensure that the unexpected is always expected.
- Who Is My Point of Contact?
One of the benefits of the private jet charter experience is that you should have one point of contact throughout your process. This individual will plan the itinerary and make sure that everything goes smoothly and according to plan. Not only does this save the hassle of dealing with too many people and details to keep track of, but it also ensures that there’s one person who knows your trip inside and out to make sure you’re fully accommodated.
- Is In-Hangar Boarding Available?
For high-profile travelers who want to stay under the radar, ask if you have the option of in-hangar boarding. This is a truly private boarding option that’s safe from the prying eyes – and camera lenses – of the paparazzi and other nosy individuals. In-hangar boarding is an option that’s available at many private airports with advanced notice.
Textron Upbeat About Business Jet Market, Legacy 500 for Jackie Chan, Eclipse SE Jet Announced, Business Jet Cabin Tech 2015Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly is optimistic about the outlook for Textron Aviation, as the dominant North American business jet market remains “fairly strong,” he said this morning during a second-quarter investor conference call. Meanwhile, Donnelly categorized the business jet market in Russia and China as “weak” and said that Latin America and Europe are “very challenging.”
During the quarter, revenues at Textron Aviation slid $59 million year-over-year, to $1.124 billion, due to fewer deliveries of King Airs and jet mix. However, it did log a quarterly profit of $88 million, up $60 million from a year ago, due to improved performance and efficiencies in the integration of Beechcraft and Cessna.
Embraer secured Chinese validation for the Legacy 500 on 24 July and is now preparing to deliver the first midsize business jet to Chinese launch customer and ambassador of its executive jets division, Jackie Chan.
The 10-seat twinjet entered service late last year and Embraer had shipped 14 of the type by the end of the second quarter, according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database.
While the USA is, and will continue to be the largest market for the Legacy 500, Embraer expects the aircraft to be popular in China, despite a preference for long-range and large cabin types in the country until now.
ONE Aviation is pleased to announce the Eclipse Special Edition (SE) twin-engine jet. The Eclipse SE is a factory-renewed Eclipse 500 which has been substantially upgraded and reconfigured to include nearly all new features introduced on the new Eclipse 550, including a Dual Avio Integrated Flight Management System (IFMS), Anti-skid Brake System, a newly designed pilot-side Standby Display Unit, PPG glass windshields, new premium interior, and deluxe two-tone paint scheme.
The latest products for your aircraft can mean faster Internet connections…and clean dinnerware.
We’ll get to the World Wide Web in a minute, but first a word about a worldwide wash: an onboard dishwasher developed by HS2 Engineering and Lufthansa Technik. The Dishwashair, as the manufacturers call it, can clean a load of dishes in just six minutes using three liters of water. That’s right, cabin crews, no more dishpan hands!
The dishwasher fits standard galleys and connects to the aircraft’s freshwater, waste-water and vacuum systems. With long-haul business jets now capable of 14-hour flights, the dishwasher may take up less room than you’d need to carry enough clean plates, silverware and glasses for two to three meals for everyone onboard.
Speaking of food, how do you keep it cold before cooking? Zodiac Aerospace’s Cool Trolley may be just the ticket. The thermodynamic trolley uses dry ice to keep contents at 0 to 5 degrees Celsius (32 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to 10 hours.
Citation Latitude Transpacific Capability, Embraer Legacy 500 Certified in China, Project Mayfair Private JetMonday, July 27th, 2015
Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, this week demonstrated the trans-Pacific capability of its newly FAA-certified Citation Latitude between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii. The flights follow other recent successful transcontinental missions on the aircraft, including the first trans-Atlantic crossing in May and nonstop U.S. coast-to-coast flights earlier this month.
“With certification achieved, we see the Citation Latitude demonstrating its impressive capabilities and performance during common customer missions,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. “Not only does this aircraft have exceptional mission capability, the all-new cabin experience allows passengers to take advantage of maximum comfort and productivity as they enjoy the flat cabin floor and six-foot-high cabin. Combined with its midsize acquisition price and low operating costs, the Latitude provides unmatched value and comfort for customers in the midsize class.”
The Citation Latitude flew a crew of two pilots and five passengers on the 2,147-nautical-mile trip from Santa Barbara, Calif. (KSBA) to Maui, Hawaii (PHOG), making a direct climb to 43,000 feet and total flight time of 5 hours 45 minutes, which included a 17 minute hold prior to arrival. On return, the aircraft covered an impressive 2,473-nautical-mile direct flight from Maui to Scottsdale, Ariz. (KSDL) in 5 hours 45 minutes. On both the outbound and return trips, the Latitude had fuel reserves far exceeding NBAA IFR reserves.
The Hawaii mission took place on the heels of impressive coast-to-coast trips earlier this month. The Citation Latitude flew the nonstop 2,442-nautical-mile trip from Santa Barbara (KSBA) to Bangor, Maine (KBGR), making a direct climb to 45,000 feet; its nonstop return flight to San Diego, Calif. (KSAN) covered 2,397 nautical miles.
The Andrew Winch Design firm has a well-earned reputation for designing the interiors of some of the most stunning superyachts in the world. But as I learned during a recent visit to this London-based studio on the banks of the Thames, ultra-luxurious superyacht interiors are only the beginning. In fact, Winch’s studio walls were adorned with photographs and renderings of their recent design projects that range from yachts (interiors and exteriors) to some of the world’s most expensive private residences, and an impressive array of private aircraft too.
And while I learned that each project is fascinating enough to fill an entire book (actually, the firm’s attention to detail is so high, and the projects are so involved they usually present a coffee-table quality book they’ve created to each client that chronicles the design process when the project is complete), it was the exuberant exterior styling of their recently-announced “Project Mayfair” private jet design that really grabbed my attention.
Embraer’s new Legacy 500 is cleared to operate in China after the country’s civil aviation authority issued type-certificate validation on July 24. Chinese movie star Jackie Chan, who is a brand ambassador for the Brazilian manufacturer, is set to take delivery of the first of the super-midsize jets to be based in China by year-end.
No Fatal Business Jets Accidents in First Half of Year, Aerion and Spike Aerospace racing to supersonic business jets, Santa Monica and Manassas AirportsFriday, July 17th, 2015
There were no fatal accidents involving business jets anywhere in the first half of this year–the first clean slate for a first half since 2009, according to AIN research. The tally of zero worldwide stands in bright contrast to the 15 fatalities in four crashes involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first half of last year, one of the highest fatality counts for N-numbered jets in a six-month period and greater than the number of deaths in all of 2013. The four fatal accidents last year happened to aircraft operating under Part 91.
However, the nonfatal accident picture in the first half of this year was not as rosy. The 11 nonfatal U.S. business jet accidents in January through June were nearly three times the four mishaps in the comparable period last year.
The Spike Aerospace supersonic business jet is designed to carry between 12 and 18 passengers in the lap of luxury, is intended to take off in December 2018.
However, despite impressive engineering, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned supersonic flight over the U.S. making popular flights such as LA to New York unlikely in the near future.
Companies including Nasa and Boeing are currently trying to develop supersonic aircraft of their own to reduce the noise – or boom – that the jets make when breaking the sound barrier.
Spike Aerospace unveiled the latest update to the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet, a stunningly elegant, sleek and innovative business jet that will sweep passengers to their destinations at supersonic speeds. Flying 450 mph faster than any other civilian jet, the Spike S-512 will enable customers to do more and enjoy more out of life. London will be just 3 hours away from NYC – making day trips for business possible. Or Paris to Dubai for shopping and entertainment and back home in time for dinner.
Global Business Jet Market 2015-2024 Featuring Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault, Textron Aviation & Embraer
Dublin – Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Business Jet Market – 2015-2024 – Market Dynamics, Competitive Landscape, OEM Strategies & Plans, Trends & Growth Opportunities, Strategic Outlook through 2024” report to their offering.
The global market for business jets is estimated to be worth $21.5 billion as of 2014 and is projected to grow at 2.8% CAGR through 2033. The demand for business jets continues to recover steadily with aircraft delivery numbers in 2014 registering a 6.5% year on year growth.
The global business jet market continues to make steady recovery from the inertia that followed the economic crisis driven by continued economic recovery underway in the U.S., surge in demand for heavy jets and introduction of a number of new aircraft programs by the industry OEMs incorporating cutting edge technologies & innovations translating into enhanced performance capabilities, safety features & optimized operating economics.
The delivery numbers continue to be dominated by Bombardier in volume terms & led by Gulfstream in value terms respectively with the duo collectively holding over 70% market share (based on revenues) in 2014 with continued, robust demand growth in the heavy & medium jets segments. Top 3 industry OEMs, namely, Bombardier, Gulfstream & Dassault, with their product portfolios skewed towards the medium & heavy jets segment, continue to hold over 84% market share (based on revenues/aircraft billings for 2014) collectively.
The demand for business jets is likely to continue to improve over near term with improved GDP growth projections in the U.S., Introduction of new aircraft programs by OEMs, improving market accessibility and a favorable oil price trend which is likely to boost fleet utilization & profitability across operators and expand service revenues across OEMs. Further, long term demand drivers & market fundamentals remain robust indicating towards sustained, steady demand growth for business jets over medium to long term.
Controversial three-year lease deals for tenants at Santa Monica Airport drew hundreds of airport opponents the last time they went before the City Council, and now they are back on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.
An email last week from attorney Jonathan Stein, who represents Sunset Park Anti-Airport (SPAA) and worked to defeat the failed pro-airport Measure D last year, enclosed a copy of a mailer Stein said was sent to more than 9,450 registered voters in Santa Monica urging them to turn out for the Council’s meeting Tuesday.
Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (CRAAP) also sent out an email blast Monday stressing the importance of the vote.
“Will Mayor McKeown and Council member Sue Himmelrich hold firm with their strong statements that they gave to the FAA in Washington D.C. on July 8, or will they yield to the opinions of their staff?” the group’s director Martin Rubin wrote.
In May, press was buzzing about the World War II fighter bombers that were based at the Manassas Regional Airport for the Victory Capitol Flyover for the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. While special events like the flyover, airshows, and the Manassas Runway 10k/5k race help put the airport on people’s radars, many may not know what happens every day at Virginia’s busiest General Aviation airport.
The first order of business is: why is “HEF” Manassas Regional Airport’s identifier code? Richard Allabaugh, who works in airport operations, asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the same question, but didn’t get a definitive answer. The FAA uses a computer program to suggest allowable codes from which the airport owner can choose. Codes that are too similar to other airports within 200 nautical miles aren’t allowed. The airport was dedicated as Harry P. Davis Field in honor of Mayor Harry P. Davis, the City’s longest serving Mayor. As a result, “HPD” or “HDF” would seem like the best fit for an airport identifier. However, Allabaugh wagers an educated guess that those identifiers were probably too close to existing codes and “HEF” was the closest to the airport’s original requested identifiers.
It’s important to note that Manassas is a General Aviation (GA) airport, not a commercial service airport like Dulles. The main difference is that GA airports do not have commercial airline service, which requires certification by the FAA. However, Manassas Regional voluntarily holds itself to the certification’s standards.
At the National Business Aviation Association in June, the line to catch a glimpse of the new Gulfstream G650ER private jet was the largest of the conference. The “ER” stands for the updated “extended range” version of the luxurious G650.
One of the class markers of the private equity industry is that its members routinely fly on private jets. That’s often because the larger and even some of the smaller firms charge their private jet travel to private equity portfolio companies. That means that the cost is borne first and foremost by investors in private equity like public pension funds, private pension funds, universities like Harvard and Yale, and other foundations and endowments.
The enormous costs of private jets, while they are borne by the investors, are almost entirely hidden from them. PE firms keep investors in the dark by having the portfolio companies they’ve bought on behalf of their investors pay these jet bills. Amazingly, investors have been fooled by this simple ruse for decades – it’s as if your stockbroker deducts his fee from your account, and you regard his services as free because you never see a bill.
Now admittedly, there are cases, if you are taking a team of people from one not-well-air-serviced location to another, when private jet travel is cheaper than flying commercial. But those instances are rare.
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As the price of oil continues its bumpy ride, the broadly lower cost per barrel could present a new business opportunity for the world’s largest private jet company.
NetJets, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway which offers fractional ownership and private jet rental, told CNBC that low oil prices – now down around 50 percent from highs last summer — could boost their business.
“If you are an oil company and you’re invested in a fleet of your own private jets, clearly this is the moment where you’ll look back at your investments and your assets and think: ‘Was this the best decision?’,” NetJets’ Head of European Sales Marine Eugene said. “I think this is a tremendous opportunity for us.”
Brazilian football wizard Neymar splashed out $10 million buy a private jet and flew his friends out to Las Vegas – the party capital of the world.
The Barcelona forward used it to fly to and from the Copa America tournament in Chile – but his competition was cut short for a headbutt early on.
Spike Aerospace’s latest, luxury high-speed jet will be able to fly from NYC to London in just three hours
Spike Aerospace’s latest, luxury high-speed jet will be able to fly from NYC to London in just three hours. The Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet can fly 450 mph faster than any current civilian jet, which means cutting most flight times by half.
However, the supersonic experience comes at a high cost: the finished S-512 will cost between $60 and $80 million. (Which is great if your itinerary goes from “Paris to Dubai for shopping and entertainment and back home in time for dinner,” as the Spike Aerospace update suggested.)
The high-speed jet can hold 18 passengers at a time, and feature a Muliplex Digital cabin. That’s to say: a windowless cabin equipped with a high-definition, full-screen display that can play anything from a live feed of the world outside, movies, to a business presentation your team is thrilled about.