Jet Aviation increases safety focus on managed fleet

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Jet card and charter operator Jet Aviation has signed a long-term deal with GE Aviation for a safety and fleet modernization program covering the private jets it manages

During the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Jet Aviation and GE Aviation said they have signed a long-term agreement for a comprehensive safety and fleet modernization project including C-FOQA.

The program covers Jet Aviation’s global fleet of some 300 aircraft, including those from Airbus, Boeing BBJ, Bombardier, Dassault, and Gulfstream. The Jet Aviation managed fleet is split between Part 135 and Part 91.

What is FAR Part 135?

When you charter a private jet, you’ve probably seen a reference to FAR Part 135. Here’s what you need to know

Understand why the price of private jet charters can vary so much

Part 135 (charter) operational requirements are considerably different than Part 91 (full ownership) with much more stringent regulatory safety requirements

There are over 2,000 Part 135 Charter Operators and four different categories impacting landing in low visibility as well as the ability to find replacement aircraft if there are mechanicals or pilots if one gets sick or runs out of duty time

When you book a private jet charter flight or are shopping for a jet card, you probably have seen at the bottom of various websites, wording that goes something like this: “Company X arranges flights on behalf of its cardholders and charter clients with FAR Part 135 air carriers that exercise full operational control of charter flights at all times. Flights will be operated by FAR Part 135 direct air carriers that have been certified to provide service for Company X clients that meet all FAA safety standards.”

Private Jet Charter: If the price is too good to be true, it might be

The recent JetLux indictment alleging over $2 million in credit card fraud may have been enabled by bargain hunting customers

Private jet charter brokers are often harangued for not having to disclose their mark-ups. The assertion is they are charging whatever the market will support, and savvy customers can negotiate better deals.

Several websites have launched in recent years connecting consumers directly with jet operators, ostensibly cutting out the middleman or at least the commissions. They claim to offer wholesale pricing making money via membership fees.

Of course, if you use them, you need to be experienced enough to know what questions you should be asking the operators to ferret out the flowers from the weeds.

Fractional activity posts strong first-half gains as Part 135 dips

Private jet flying by fractional fleet operators posted a 6.2% gain while on-demand charter and jet card flights dipped 2.2% as the market overall gained 0.3%

Flight activity for the first half of 2019 was up 0.3% compared to the same period in 2018, however, it was a varied report when it came to where the gains came from. Flight hours were up 0.7% during the same period.

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Private aviation flight activity was up 0.3% in the first half of 2019, according to Traqpak

Flying by fractional fleet operators was the star in the first half of 2019, according to an analysis of private aviation flying by Traqpak. Fractional activity reported the strongest mid-year gain, up 6.2% during the first six months of 2019. Part 91 flight activity was up 0.7%, while Part 135 flight activity, which represents on-demand charter and jet cards, was down 2.2% for the period.

How to make sure you aren’t flying on an illegal charter, including a list of all Part 135 aircraft

Illegal private jet charter

We give you tips on how to avoid being sold an illegal charter, and better yet, the most current list of Part 135 aircraft and operators

There’s the old adage, you get what you pay for, and in private aviation, it can often be true. The cost of the pilots, their training, private jet maintenance and everything it takes to dispatch your flight in a timely and safe manner, including some profit for the operator and broker, needs to be baked into what you are paying.

Of course, just because you pay a high price doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting what you pay and while you may get good pricing and have an enjoyable flight, you may be getting less than you paid for as well.

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