BlackBird just raised $10 million to be the Uber of private flying…Here’s what I learned from reading the fine print with an aviation attorney

Fly BlackBird affordable private flights

Blackbird promises to “defy gravity” with inexpensive private flights on private jets, turboprops and piston aircraft. Takeoff with the knowledge that this isn’t a traditional air charter

“We bring you the freedom of flight…No matter who you are, no matter what you do, we all face challenges, obstacles, rules, limitations and frustrations—this daily struggle is gravity that pulls us down and tries to keep us from reaching our potential. Together we will defy gravity.” – BlackBird website

I leased a private aircraft and hired a pilot in less than 10 minutes. Was it legal?

On March 12, 2019, I received a press release from BlackBird CEO and founder Rudd Davis. It was titled, “We just raised $10 million to bring you more freedom.”

It read, “We started BlackBird to make personal aviation as accessible and affordable as driving.  Today, I’m excited to announce, we’ve taken another huge step toward making this a reality with the close of a $10 million Series A.”

Private Jet Charter Broker vs. Charter Operator

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Charter broker Paramount Business Jets makes a case for the middleman

With the increasing profile of  branded floating fleets – think Delta Private Jets, JetSuite, VistaJet, Dumont Group, TMC, and Jet Edge – Virginia-based Paramount Business Jets issued a press release to highlight the benefits of working through a charter broker instead of directly with an operator.

Air Charter Service expands its Los Angeles office

Thomas Howe Air Charter Service

The U.K.-based broker of jet cards and on-demand charter has been building its U.S. operations


High-speed rail may be in trouble in the Golden State but private jet travel continues to thrive. British jet card and charter broker Air Charter Service has invested further in its Los Angeles operation as it continues to expand its presence in California, the company said in a press release.

New private jet charter broker rules are backed by Sentient Jet

DOT private jet charter rules

The new rules require private jet charter brokers to disclose who is operating the flight and other key information to consumers

Directional Aviation Sentient Jet said it supports the newly established Air Charter Broker regulations established by the Department of Transportation, which set a new standard for best practices within the private aviation industry. Taking effect today, it’s the first-ever set of rules for brokers and mandates transparency.

Private Jet Card Comparisons debuts Best Private Jet Charter Brokers Guide

Top private jet charter brokers

Best Private Jet Charter Brokers Guide is the first guide that takes into account ARGUS and Wyvern certification along with Trustpilot, Facebook, Glassdoor and Better Business Bureau ratings

There more than 3,000 private aviation charter brokers and charter operators globally. To help paid subscribers more easily find those brokers who have registered and certified themselves as well as the largest floating fleet operators and jet card providers who also offer on-demand brokerage services, Private Jet Card Comparisons has created Best Private Jet Charter Brokers Guide.

84 leading private jet charter brokers in one place