From long-range private jets to single-engine turboprops, new data reveals the most-used private aircraft for 2019
The most popular private jet in the U.S. for 2019 wasn’t a jet.
The Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop was the most popular private aircraft clocking 244,217 flights in 2019, according to Argus Traqpak.
It’s the fourth King Air to be painted as part of philanthropic initiatives from Wheels Up Cares
Wheels Up yesterday unveiled a camouflage-painted Beechcraft
King Air 350i aircraft as part of its Wheels Up Cares philanthropic initiative.
The Wheels Up Camouflage Plane has a custom livery that was
created and painted by Textron Aviation Inc. and honors those in the military
who bravely served and continue to serve our country, while benefiting the
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a non-profit organization that
offers compassionate care to those grieving the loss of a military loved one.
The Camouflage Beechcraft King Air 350i will remain
indefinitely in the Wheels Up fleet to serve as a flying symbol of TAPS’ mission.
Will any light jet do, or would it be better to have a specific type such as the Embraer Phenom 300?
While there are many variables that separate the over 300 jet cards in the Private Jet Card Comparisons database – over 65 in fact, one difference means a lot to some people and nothing to others.
However, for both types of buyers, choosing the wrong type of program can make for a less than enjoyable experience despite the provider’s overall merits. Figuring it out before you sign can both save you money and make sure the program fits your mission needs.
There are essentially two ways that available aircraft are structured for fixed-rate (and usually guaranteed availability) programs by jet card providers.
One is by cabin-class or size. When buying into a cabin class you are assured of getting an aircraft in that class or larger if you are lucky enough be upgraded based on operational needs.
The other is by specific aircraft make or type, for example, you are buying into an Embraer Phenom 300. So while the provider may let you fly in other types, you know when you want a Phenom 300, you’re going to get a Phenom 300 and not some other type of light jet.
Recent private air crashes that killed soccer star Sala and one of Russia’s richest women are highlighting a number of safety issues
A world removed from those Gulfstream G650s and Bombardier Global Express private jets you read about in stories about what type of plane Jennifer Lopez or Elon Musk own are turboprops and piston aircraft. They’re also very popular.
When you charter on-demand, buy a full aircraft or fractional share, you buy a specific aircraft type. What about jet card membership programs?
In case you haven’t noticed, most jet card programs specify cabin size, then fulfill your needs from a variety of aircraft types in that cabin category. In some cases that’s because you are buying your jet card from a management company and they are clustering all of the aircraft in that cabin size category together. In other cases, it’s a broker program that is sourcing aircraft from charter operators, including management companies and fleet operators. You’ll often see a range of seating for the aircraft that apply to that category, so in the SuperMid category you could get a jet that fits eight people one time and 10 the next. In Large Cabin jets it’s not unusual to see a range of 10 to 14 seats.