2016 Was The Safest Year For General Aviation In Half A Century

Flying by private jet has never been safer, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

 

For the first time in half a century, the 2016 accident rate in general aviation dropped below one fatal accident per 100,000 flight hours. General aviation deaths decreased slightly, from 416 in 2015 to 412 in 2016, according to the NTSB. Some 94 percent of the 379 deaths occurred in general aviation accidents. Twenty-five people died in accidents in commuter and on-demand aircraft, including charter, air taxi, air tours, and medical services, operating under Part 135. The General Aviation decrease occurred while other forms of transport — cars, trains, and boats — all showed increases. 

On Strong Results, VistaJet Says It Will Boost U.S. Fleet By 50%

Long-haul, luxury private jet operator VistaJet is touring one of its Bombardier Global 5000s October 16-23 in the U.S.

 

VistaJet, which last month secured $150 million in new financing, making it a self-proclaimed Unicorn, a privately held company with a billion-dollar valuation, delivered more good news this morning. For North America, it said new program customers increased three times year-over-year, new program hours increased 146%, flight departures increased by 30%, and program hours increased 210% quarter over quarter. It also noted 45% of program customers who have joined in past 12 months have booked additional hours. As a result, it is increasing its U.S. based fleet by 50%. 

Private Jet Card Comparisons Featured In Aviation International News

Leading B2B business aviation trade publication Aviation International News has featured Private Jet Card Comparisons in its annual “Charter Market Report 2017.” The publication dedicated an entire sidebar to the new website which serves as a buyer’s guide to jet card membership programs, comparing over 100 programs by 65 variables.

 

“It is an honor to see Private Jet Card Comparisons included in such an influential magazine and website,” said Doug Gollan, Founder and Editor. “For a site that is less than six months old to be getting this amazing coverage really reflects that we are filling a need in the market,” he added.

 

The article was titled, “Drawing The Winning Jet Card.” Private Jet Card Comparisons’ subscribers can access easy-to-use spreadsheets that makes comparing easy. Instead of spending hours of time researching programs, requesting information and then trying to sort through it all, the website enables users to figure out which programs best fit their needs. Comparisons include everything from hourly rates to aircraft and pilot sourcing standards, the lead time for reservations and cancellations, WiFi availability, number of peak days, extra fees such as CPI escalators, fuel surcharges and de-icing. Read the full story here…

AIN Names Top FBOs For 2017

Private aviation trade publication AIN released the results of its 36th annual reader survey rating FBOs. Readers are asked to evaluate the private jet terminals across five categories, including customer service, line service, passenger amenities, pilot amenities and facilities. 

Fractional Provider PlaneSense Adds Cuba, Bermuda To Service Area

Fractional share provider PlaneSense is now authorized to fly its owners to seven different airports in Cuba. According to a report in business aviation trade publication, AIN flights to Cuba can be operated with its Pilatus PC-12 turboprop singles flying from South Florida. The company has also expanded to Bermuda. For flights to Bermuda, it only uses Nextant 400XTi twinjets.