Private Jet flights could drop by 60% in April from COVID-19 Coronavirus impact

Through the first 29 days of March, flying dropped 29.4%

That’s after private flights were only off 5% in the first 10 days of the month

A just-published white paper from Argus TRAQPak shows the dramatic drop in private aviation flights. It also paints a difficult picture looking forward.

Business aviation groups ask for government support due to COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis

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The National Business Aviation Association in a letter to Congress is highlighting private aviation’s role as a lifeline to small communities and for emergency relief

Survival of some private jet operators may be at stake, according to trade associations

Potential domestic travel restrictions might cause “significant harm” to private aircraft operators

The National Business Aviation Association and several industry groups are urging Congress to preserve general aviation’s contribution to the economy. The move comes as the government considers a relief package to support the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the majority of business aviation air carriers being private companies, their access to capital is more constrained. In the current environment, private equity markets are not able to provide financing, eliminating an important source of liquidity for the industry.”

Letter to Congressional leaders from Private Aviation trade groups

Argus reveals top Part 135 private jet charter operators for 2019

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Argus Traqpak has published its list of the largest private jet rental operators in the U.S. based on 2019 flight activity

Part 135 flights declined 0.6% while flight hours fell by 1.4% in 2019

The report highlights the fragmented nature of private jet charter with the top 25 companies only accounting for one-third of flight hours

Gama Aviation Signature remains the dominant player in Part 135 private jet charter, according to a recap of 2019 activity by Argus Traqpak.

With 103,096 flight hours, it saw a 13% increase compared to 2018, despite an overall decline in the market for commercial private aircraft charter rentals.

Overall, Part 135 flying decreased by 0.6% in flights and 1.4% by flight hours on a year-over-year basis.

Private Jet Safety: How To Make Sure You Don’t Pressure Your Pilots

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A 2001 Gulfstream crash in Aspen that killed 18 reminds the added pressure private jet pilots sometimes find

The often untold story of private aviation is the relationship between pilots and passengers.

When you fly on a scheduled passenger airline flight, one of your pilots might be at the cockpit door to say a brief goodbye after you’ve landed and pulled up to the gate.

Once in a while, your pilot might come into the cabin before the flight to welcome you. Otherwise, the connection between passenger and pilot is left to listening to announcements from the cockpit over the speaker system.

Should you charter a private jet online?

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After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant booking technology, it’s finally arriving. Should you book a private jet online?

After years of claims about Uber for private jets instant booking technology, it’s finally arriving. But should you use it?

Many of the broker websites and apps promising online bookings were nothing more than electronic request forms.

But that’s changing, and increasingly, you may find yourself able to rent a private jet or turboprop digitally from a broker or platform, and without much human oversight, or at least human oversight looking after your interests.

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