Charter – Business Aviation News Sat, 03 Mar 2018 13:29:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Charter – Business Aviation News 32 32 142066361 Executive AirShare bumps pilot pay to curb attrition Sat, 03 Mar 2018 13:28:38 +0000 Mitchel said attracting new and retaining current pilots is important for the company in the background of a broader pilot shortage. Although Executive AirShare doesn’t compete with major airlines for pilots, it does with other corporate aircraft operators as well as regional airlines.

Dreamline Aviation Adds the HondaJet to its West Coast Charter Fleet Sat, 03 Mar 2018 13:13:59 +0000 Dreamline Aviation has expanded its charter fleet with the addition of a new HondaJet (HA 420). Dreamline thus becomes the first West Coast operator to offer the unique and ultra-modern HondaJet for air charter service.

Dreamline President, Mark L. Schmaltz, commented, “With its super-quiet and spacious seating for 4 passengers, the HondaJet has redefined the light jet experience. This is the ideal jet for flights up to 1,000 miles.”

Dreamline conducted its first charter flight on February 7th with a flight from its Van Nuys headquarters to Mammoth Lakes, California.

Dreamline operates a full range of aircraft on its worldwide air carrier certificate including a Gulfstream IV, a Challenger 604, three mid-size jets, three light jets and four King Air 200 and 250 turboprops.

Desert Jet Continues Growth at Palm Springs Sun, 25 Feb 2018 01:53:17 +0000 Leading business aviation services company Desert Jet reports a remarkable year-over-year growth in 2017 to its charter, FBO and maintenance businesses, with revenues increasing 100%.

Desert Jet added four new aircraft to its charter fleet last year – including three super-mid-sized jets – and saw an upsurge reflecting 40% increase in charter flight hours and 62% increase in charter revenue.

Desert Jet Center, the company’s Fixed Base Operation (FBO) also reported significant growth after a year-and-a-half of operations. Desert Jet Center is currently under construction of its new 32,000 sq. ft. executive terminal at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Palm Springs/Thermal, California. Desert Jet Center increased traffic to the airport by 17% and captured 35% total market share in 2017. The FBO also reported a huge increase in customer service reviews with more than 10 times as many 5-star reviews to industry sites such as Airnav, and Foreflight, designating Desert Jet Center as the highest customer service rated FBO in the greater Palm Springs/Thermal area. Desert Jet Center also became the only IS-BAH registered FBO in the entire region in 2017.

Desert Jet Maintenance, the company’s Cessna Citation-specialized FAA Part 145 Certified Repair Station, saw double-digit growth in the last quarter of 2017, added significant AOG capabilities on every airframe type, and again earned the FAA Diamond Award of Excellence.

“2017 was a great year, having celebrated our tenth anniversary and bringing more team members into our fold,” stated Denise Wilson, President and CEO of Desert Jet. “The growth has been exciting due to the number of talented people we’ve been able to add to our team as we solidify our place as the leading aviation company in the Palm Springs area.”

Desert Jet doubled its workforce in 2017 to support the increased demand for charter flights, jet maintenance and the level of transient aircraft activity forecasted for the airport. Within the first month of 2018, the momentum has been maintained with the addition of a new Cessna Citation CJ3 to the charter fleet, an increase in FBO visits up 60% year-over-year and a 252% percent increase in business for Desert Jet Maintenance as compared to Jan 2017.

Gary Jet Center Opens Avionics Shop Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:21:09 +0000

Gary Jet Center (GJC) is proud to announce the addition of avionics services within their Part 145 FAA Maintenance Repair Station. To meet the growing customer demand for expanded maintenance services, GJC put together an avionics team headed by Victor Gonzales, and secured a dealership with Garmin to provide the most comprehensive list of avionics solutions.

Victor brings to Gary Jet Center more than 30 years of avionics experience on a diverse fleet of aircraft, ranging from GA, corporate jets and rotorcraft. “The addition of Victor Gonzales to the GJC team fulfills a long term strategy for our company,” said Cruz Rosales, Director of Maintenance for Gary Jet Center. “Offering avionics services is a tremendous addition to the wide range of maintenance services we have been providing to our customers for the last 27 years.”

As an authorized Garmin dealer, Gary Jet Center’s avionics team will be utilizing the latest test equipment to provide a variety of avionics upgrades, modifications and completions. From simple installation to a full glass cockpit upgrade, including the mandated ADS-B solutions, Gary Jet Center is thrilled to offer Garmin products to our customers.

Gary Jet Center,, is an aviation services company based at the Gary/Chicago International Airport, located 25 minutes from downtown Chicago. A family-owned and operated company, the Gary Jet Center holds two Part 145 Maintenance certificates. Additionally, GJC provides fixed base operations to a variety of corporate and general aviation, aircraft management services to over a dozen aircraft owners and Part 135 Charter operations. With over 110,000 sq. ft. of hangar space and a consistent focus on exceptional customer service, Gary Jet Center is poised to accommodate and service the corporate jet market in the Chicagoland area.

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value. For more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to

For more information, contact:
Lynn Eplawy, 219-944-1210

SOURCE Gary Jet Center

New Flight Charters Announces Strong 2017 Results Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:16:49 +0000

New Flight Charters, a nationwide leader in private jet charter, announced a 12.5% year-over-year increase for 2017.  The company, celebrating its 14th Anniversary and named as an Inc. 5000 fastest growing U.S. company four different years, is experiencing consistent growth in jet charter demand.

Averaging 13.5% annual growth since 2004, New Flight Charters continues to gain popularity with private fliers; in particular corporations, political organizations and private families.

For 14 years its growing client base has chartered any type aircraft for any trip, customized to their preferences and with the industry’s only Best Price Guarantee.  No membership or investment is needed.

New Flight Charters in 2017 saw charter activity grow in larger aircraft – midsize, super-midsize and heavy jets (+16%) from existing clients and new clients coming over from jet card, membership and owner programs.  Light jet charters declined (-9%) in part from clients choosing larger aircraft options.

Growth was seen also in turboprop charters (+18%) as result of entry level clients coming to the charter market with New Flight Charters, and the growth in turboprop aircraft available in the market.  Currently 829 turboprops are available for charter in the U.S. including a growing segment – now numbering 21 – of Socata TBM 700/850/930 and Piper Meridian smaller turboprops.

Notably, international charters increased in number by 40% in 2017 for New Flight Charters, with the bulk of growth coming from flights to the Caribbean and Mexico.

January 2018 results continue the trends, with growth year-over-year, increases in midsize through heavy jets and in international charters.

The company attributes its growth to three main areas; (1) the continued improvement in pricing options with the growth of floating fleet aircraft with one-way pricing – currently 342 aircraft from 26 operators are available to New Flight Charters specifically for one-way pricing, (2) company personnel– the company features one of the most experienced and accredited broker teams in the industry, each averaging more than 20 years in aviation and over 11 years in air charter specifically, and (3) growth in repeat client charters- increase in returning clients and higher charter frequency.

“We saw growth on several fronts this past year, but most important to us is our client return rate, which signals they like the experience; the stability, service and pricing,” commented New Flight Charters’ president Rick Colson.  “The people are the most important part of any business, and that’s particularly so with custom on-demand charter.  The largest number of compliments we receive are about our people.”

The company also saw growth from its specific initiatives in Colorado and Jackson Hole, Wyoming where it is headquartered:

Jackson Hole Jet Charter is the company’s local resource for private charter information and flying to and from Jackson Hole and the northern Rockies.  Featured are Jackson Hole Specials, regional empty legs, and a regional charter aircraft listing with access to aircraft transient at Jackson Hole Airport.

Jet Charter Colorado, launched in 2016, is the only complete Colorado resource and has 123 charter aircraft based in the state from 36 FAA certified operators, along with floating fleet aircraft available to or from Colorado with point to point pricing, and available empty legs industry-wide.  Featured the industry’s only Best Price Guarantee for every charter.  The most popular locales for charter arrivals and departures in the state during 2017 were the DenverCentennial, Aspen, EagleVail and Rocky Mountain Metro airports.

About New Flight Charters
Since 2004 charter aircraft owner and leading U.S. private jet charter brokerage New Flight Charters has arranged private domestic and international flights with top-rated operator aircraft along with industry leading jet charter pricing, top aircraft availability, industry empty legs list, and a perfect safety history.  Extensive client reviews and industry ratings are available on the New Flight Charters website.  As a registered U.S. government contractor with an A+ rating by the BBB, and named to the Inc. 5000 fastest growing list four consecutive years, the company handles 1,400 customized flights annually nationwide and serves a wide variety of clientele including Fortune 500 companies, government heads of state, presidential campaigns, entertainment icons, private families and entrepreneurs.

For charter quotes or information nationwide, call (800) 732-1653.  For Colorado charter information and quotes to, from, or within the state, call (303) 729-1444.  For charter information to or from Jackson Hole, WY call (307) 734-7751.

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Private Jet Card Comparisons Releases 2018 Analysis Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:09:50 +0000

Private Jet Card Comparisons, the only independent buyer’s guide to private jet membership card programs, announces the release of its 2018 analysis, which has been expanded to include more than 250 programs for private fliers to choose from. Recently referred to as “a modern-day online Kelley Blue Book for private jet cards,” by Barron’s, Private Jet Card Comparisons’ 2018 analysis now offers more than 65 different variables that are important for consumers to consider when looking for the jet card program that best fits their unique flying needs

New variables added for 2018 include extra charges for de-icing, which can amount to thousands of dollars per occurrence, extra charges for diversions, availability of in-flight phone service and emergency medical services offered. The comprehensive analysis once again compares hourly rate, program denominations, types of aircraft offered, sourcing standards for planes and flight crew, in addition to charges for minimum flight time, taxi time, number peak days and peak day surcharges, lead time to reserve and cancel both domestic and international flights as well as peak period variances, extra fees for fuel, catering, CPI escalators and whether or not the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax (FET) is included in quoted rates.

Other important variables compared include each providers’ policy for upgrading or downgrading size of aircraft, Wi-Fi availability, pets, as well as the minimum age for sending unaccompanied minors. The report also details if enclosed lavatories are guaranteed on Light Jets, as some small planes only have a curtain or no toilet at all. Additionally, subscribers get detailed information on service recovery, lifestyle and luxury partnership perks, the type of catering included, the ability to select their FBO of choice, interchange fees, lists of Peak Days by program to help in trip planning, and of course critical features such as Guaranteed Availability and Guaranteed One-Way Hourly Rates. Discounts for roundtrip travel, which can be as high as 40% are detailed, as well as availability of escrow accounts for transferred funds and corporate overviews, including ownership and CEO information.

“While business aviation has had a difficult recovery since the Great Recession, the number of companies selling jet cards has more than doubled,” said Doug Gollan, founder and editor-in-chief of Private Jet Card Comparisons. “Jet cards are the hot spot of private aviation because they provide users with the closest experience to full or fractional ownership at a much lower expense and without the long-term commitment. Jet cards also provide consumers with a more convenient alternative to on-demand charter, which can be time-consuming when reviewing aircraft and pilot sourcing standards, pricing, extra fees, small letter terms and transferring money for each trip.”

Jet cards are often compared to debit cards in that many programs are prepaid, requiring consumers to deposit an amount of money, usually between $50,000 and $1,000,000, and as they fly, the funds are deducted from their account. Getting in the air can be as simple as reserving an Uber with a tap of a smartphone application.

As the commercial airline and airport experience continues to deteriorate and the economy continues to surge, the estimated market for jet cards in the U.S. alone is up to two million affluent households and businesses. Private Jet Card Comparisons provides subscribers the ability to download its spreadsheets for personal use, enabling users to quickly identify the programs that best fit their needs and manipulate the data to focus on the variables that are important to them. “By putting all of this information into spreadsheets, we save subscribers dozens of hours of research, help them identify the programs that best fit their needs and make them educated buyers,” continued Gollan.

Private Jet Card Comparisons does not sell or market subscriber data, providing users’ privacy from being contacted by third parties. The price of a subscription to Private Jet Card Comparisons’ 2018 analysis edition remains at $250 and can be purchased at

About Private Jet Card Comparisons

Private Jet Card Comparisons compares over 250 jet card programs from more than 30 providers across 65+ variables in easy-to-use spreadsheets saving hours of research and thousands of dollars from choosing the wrong program. Companies compared include: Air Partner, Airstream Jets, Clay Lacy Aviation, Concord Private Jet, Delta Private Jets, Executive AirShare, EcoJets, ExpertJet, Flexjet, Jet Aviation, Jet Linx Aviation, JetSet Group, JetSuite, Jet The World, Luxury Aircraft Solutions, Magellan Jets, NetJets (Marquis Jet), Nicholas Air, Paramount Business Jets, Private Jet Services PJS Group, PrivateFly, Prive Jets, Sentient Jet, ProspAir, Silverhawk Aviation, Solairus Aviation, Star Jets International, StraightLine Private Air, Tee Bee Jets, Velocity Jets, VistaJet, Wheels Up, Wholesale Jet Club, XOJET and more.

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SOURCE Private Jet Card Comparisons

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FAA Issues Emergency Order of Revocation Against TapJets, Inc Tue, 30 Jan 2018 04:25:06 +0000 The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Emergency Order of Revocation against TapJets, Inc. of Spring, Texas and Fargo, North Dakota, for allegedly conducting passenger-carrying flights using unqualified pilots and operating unauthorized aircraft.The FAA alleges that between Sept. 28, 2016 and Jan. 22, 2017, TapJets operated 10 passenger-carrying flights with pilots who were unqualified. On one of those flights, the airman who served as second-in-command only had a student pilot certificate, when a commercial pilot certificate was required, the FAA alleges. Additionally, the FAA alleges both TapJets’ President and its Director of Operations piloted several of these flights when either the crew was unqualified or the aircraft being used was unauthorized.

The FAA further alleges the company conducted 14 passenger-carrying flights with aircraft that it was not authorized to use because they were not listed on its air carrier certificate.

The FAA alleges TapJets knowingly used unqualified pilots, operated in a careless or reckless manner that endangered lives or property, and exhibited a cavalier attitude toward regulatory compliance.

The Emergency Order of Revocation is effective immediately, and the company cannot conduct charter flights while the order is in effect.

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Phone: (404) 305-5101; Email:

Charter Pilot Finds Success With Start-up Drone Business Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:32:22 +0000 “A lot of guys are old school — get on the ladder, look at the roof, walk on the roof. We want to show them you don’t necessarily have to do that anymore. I can fly over a house, scan it, and it’ll tell me what the useful life is remaining on the roof. It’ll give me exact dimensions on the size of the roof, and if someone wants a quote on how much it’s going to cost me to get the roof fixed or roof replaced, the roofing contractor has more accurate data to base that off of.” – Chad Cox, Co-founders of 4C Drone Solutions LLC

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